Will Nova dominate Asheville?
No. 2 Villanova hopes to have an easy time today when it faces No. 15 UNC Asheville at 12:40PM ET in the NCAA Tournament.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Villanova is the clear favorite today, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -17.5 points against Asheville. The over/under total for the game has been set at 141.5 points. These two meet in the second round of the South Region from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Villanova is 29-5 overall, 4-2 on a neutral floor and 15-17-1 against the spread. UNC Asheville is 22-11 on the season, 5-1 on a neutral court and 6-0 against the spread. The Wildcats are the Big East regular season champs and earned an at-large bid while Asheville was the Big South Conference Tournament champion.
There was a time where it appeared Villanova could be a 1 seed or even the top overall seed in the tournament, but the Wildcats have stumbled a little bit down the stretch, going just 1-4 ATS in their last 5. Now they enter the NCAA Tournament, which hasn’t been kind to them. Nova is just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Tournament games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 on a neutral floor. Asheville is 20-7-1 ATS in its last 28 on a neutral floor and 3-1-1 ATS in the Tournament. Look for the Bulldogs to at least keep within reach of the Wildcats.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: UNC ASHEVILLE +17.5