Texas Tech vs. Villanova Pick
Will No. 3 Texas Tech punch its first ticket to a Final Four when the Red Raiders take on No. 1 Villanova in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final?
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: CBS, 2:20PM ET
The spread opened with Nova as a 6.5-point favorite as well and hasn’t budged. The same can be said for the total, which opened at 144.5 points.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is behind Villanova today. As of Sunday morning, the Wildcats are getting 64 percent of the wagers on this game as the favorite against Texas Tech.
Neither Villanova nor Texas Tech has anyone listed on the injury report for today’s game.
Villanova is coming off a 90-78 win over West Virginia on Friday, in a game that was more competitive than what the final score would indicate. The Wildcats are on an 8-game winning streak, going 6-2 against the spread in that run. Nova is 25-12 against the spread and 16-8 ATS on the road. Nova puts up 87 per game on offense while allowing 70.5 on defense.
Texas Tech picked up a 78-65 win over Purdue on Friday to reach just its second Elite 8 in program history. The Red Raiders have won five of their last six, but are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10. Overall, Tech is 15-16-1 against the spread and 8-10 ATS away from home. Tech is averaging 75 per game on offense while allowing 64.6 per contest on defense.
Texas Tech has had a nice run through the tournament. It’s a run I didn’t really see coming. However, I think it ends today. The Red Raiders got a short-handed Purdue team on Friday but now faces a healthy Villanova team that got past a strong West Virginia squad on Friday night. Nova has won its last seven by double figures and I think its offense will be too much for the Red Raiders to contain.
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: VILLANOVA -6.5