Wildcats vs. Buckeyes Prediction
The 10th-ranked Villanova Wildcats have a tough road test tonight as they play at the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. Can Villanova secure a win on the road as the small underdogs?
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Value City Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Buckeyes are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 127.5 points. As of Wednesday morning, 77 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Villanova. Check out our NCAA Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Wildcats drill Army in opener
Villanova cruised to a 97-54 victory Tuesday night at home over Army in its season opener. The Wildcats led 49-26 at halftime on their way to the win. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl paced Villanova with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting plus 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He also pulled down 13 rebounds. Saddiq Bey tallied 22 points, five boards and two steals. Cole Swider contributed 18 points, six caroms and two assists off the bench. Collin Gillespie added 11 points, four dimes, two rebounds and two steals.
Buckeyes blast UMass Lowell
Ohio State rolled to a 76-56 win Sunday at home against UMass Lowell to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Buckeyes led 38-25 at halftime en route to the triumph. Kaleb Wesson paced a balanced OSU scoring attack with 13 points on 3-of-7 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 6-of-8 at the free throw line. He also accounted for 13 rebounds and five assists. D.J. Carton had 13 points, four assists and three boards off the bench. Luther Muhammad tallied 11 points and three dimes. Kyle Young registered 10 points and four rebounds. Alonzo Gaffney added 10 points and eight boards off the bench.
NCAA Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games. Villanova is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games versus the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600. Ohio State is 1-5 ATS in its last six games following an ATS win.
This contest is a great mix of experience and youth, but I trust Villanova a little more in this spot. Ohio State struggled down the stretch last season and aside from Wesson returning to health, a lot of the same pieces are in place. Wesson being healthy is huge, but there is still a lot to prove for the Buckeyes. I'd rather take a shot on a Wildcats squad that won the Big East Tournament plus an NCAA Tournament game last season and is arguably much better in 2019-20.
NCAA BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: VILLANOVA WILDCATS +2.5