Villanova vs. DePaul Pick
Will we see No. 2 Villanova have any struggles when it goes on the road to face DePaul tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Villanova is the clear favorite on the road today, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -17.5 points against DePaul. The over/under total for the game is listed at 138 points. Villanova has won 10 straight in this series, including a 68-65 home win on Dec. 28. DePaul has covered in the last two against the Wildcats.
Villanova has won five straight entering tonight’s game to improve to 24-2 on the season and 11-2 in the Big East. However, the Wildcats are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven and now sit at 13-12 against the spread on the season. Villanova is putting up 77.3 points per game on offense this season, while the defense is giving up just 62.7 per game. Josh Hart is leading the team this season with 18.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Jalen Brunson is adding 14.2 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
DePaul is on an 8-game losing streak to fall to 8-17 on the season and 1-11 in the Big East. The Demons are3-5 against the spread during this losing streak and just 8-16 against the spread on the season. DePaul is averaging only 69.6 points per game on offense while the defense is allowing 74.3 per game. Eli Cain is leading the team with 16 points per contest while Billy Garrett Jr. is adding 15.3 points and 3.2 assists per contest.
Villanova is certainly the better team, but the Wildcats aren’t great at covering big spreads lately. They have failed to cover in three straight as a double-digit favorite, and those games were at home. Now they go on the road to face a DePaul team it only beat by four points at home. I think the Wildcats could be taking this game lightly and that will open the door for the Demons to cover.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: DEPAUL +17.5