Michigan vs. Villanova Prediction
A rematch of last season's national title game will take place tonight as the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats will host the Michigan Wolverines. With both teams unbeaten through two games, which side should bettors place their money on in this intriguing matchup?
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Finneran Pavilion at 6:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wildcats are a 7.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 137.5 points. As of Wednesday morning, 62 percent of public bets are being placed on host Villanova. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Wolverines dominate defensively
After downing Norfolk State by a count of 63-44 in its season opener, 18th-ranked Michigan once again displayed a tremendous defensive effort in a 56-37 victory over visiting Holy Cross Saturday night. The Wolverines trailed 24-18 at halftime before erupting in the second half as it outscored the visitors 38-13 the rest of the way. Charles Matthews led Michigan with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting plus two rebounds. Ignas Brazdeikis added 19 points plus seven rebounds and three assists.
Wildcats dominate Quinnipiac
Eighth-ranked Villanova had no issues Saturday night at home versus Quinnipiac as it cruised to an 86-53 victory. Phil Booth led the Wildcats with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting with five assists, three boards and two steals. Collin Gillespie tallied 16 points, two rebounds and two steals. Eric Paschall added 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Villanova led 47-20 at halftime.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wolverines are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games. Michigan is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.
The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. Villanova is 27-11 ATS in its last 38 games overall.
Villanova hasn't been tested yet, so tonight will be interesting to see how it handles a squad of Michigan's caliber. Some of the names are different from last season when the Wildcats dominated the national title game to the tune of 79-62. Now on its home floor for this one and with plenty of firepower back in the fold, I think Villanova has plenty in the tank to win this one convincingly. If Michigan plays the way it did during the first half against Holy Cross, good night and good luck.
PREDICTION: VILLANOVA WILDCATS -7.5