Villanova vs. Seton Hall Pick
Can No. 2 Villanova go on the road and handle upset-minded Seton Hall today at 12:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Villanova is a slight favorite on the road, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Pirates. The over/under total for the game is listed at 137 points. Villanova won the first meeting this season, 76-46, at home on Jan. 16. Seton Hall has covered the spread in five of the last seven in this series.
Villanova is on a six-game winning streak to get to 25-2 on the season and 12-2 in the Big East, but the Wildcats are just 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games. Nova is now 13-13 against the spread on the year. Offensively, Villanova is averaging 77.3 points per game for the season, but that drops to 72.8 per game on the road. Defensively, they are holding opponents to just 62.7 per game. Josh Hart is leading the team with 18.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while Jalen Brunson is adding 14.3 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
Seton Hall is coming off an 87-81 win at home over Creighton to improve to 16-9 overall and 6-7 in the Big East. The Pirates are 10-13-1 against the spread on the season and 5-5 ATS in their last 10. Seton Hall is averaging 74.2 points per game on offense while allowing 70.3 on defense. At home, the Pirates are averaging 79.6 on offense while allowing 66.8 on defense. Khadeen Carrington is averaging 17.6 points per game to lead the team while Angel Delgado adds 15.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per contest.
Villanova has been winning, but not covering, which I think helps you today. The spread is somewhat low for this matchup due to the Wildcats not covering and having a few injuries to the bench. Villanova dominated this matchup in the first meeting, holding Seton Hall to just 16 of 55 shooting. I think the Wildcats will be able to do more of the same today to cover with ease.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: VILLANOVA -6.5