Villanova Wildcats at Milwaukee Panthers Free NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/18/2014
Thursday, March 20, 8:25 PM on TBS
First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
Opening Lines & Odds - Villanova -16.5 -- Over/Under: 140
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The 15 seed Milwaukee Panthers (21-13, 7-9 Horizon) take on No. 2 seed Villanova (28-4, 16-2 Big East). Villanova, who had a great run last year, is looking to put another one together this year. Even though they have been taking a lot of heat with their early exit in the Big-East Tournament with their loss against the Seton Hall Pirates, the game was close and they're still coming into the tournament with an unexpected No. 2 seed.
Milwaukee made a stand to win their Horizon League title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. Will Milwaukee be able to pull an upset over the Villanova Wildcats? Most experts say no, but Milwaukee has the confidence that they need after their win over the Wright State Raiders. If Kyle Kelm can play like he did in the game against the Raiders, with 20 pts and 9 boards, and they get some help from leading scorer Jordan Aaron, they might have the recipe they need to take out Villanova.
On the other hand, Villanova has all the confidence they need, not to mention experience in this type of situation. If their leading scorers James Bell, who averages 14.5 pts per game and Darrun Hilliard II, who manages 14.4 pts per game can come through with good performances, then it's more than likely that the Panthers will find themselves in a good situation. Villanova made a run for it last year and they might do it again.
Villanova is 21-9-0 ATS this season
Villanova is 18-10-1 against the over/under this season
Milwaukee is 21-11-0 ATS this season
Milwaukee is 14-13-0 against the over/under this season
Injuries to Watch
No injuries to report at this time
02/25/14 G Thierno Niang Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Villanova
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