Saturday, May 11, 2017
Madison Square Garden
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The Villanova Wildcats head to Madison Square Garden to take on the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday, May 11, 2017. The opening line for this game has Villanova as 2 point favorites.
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The Wildcats come into this game with an overall record of 29-3 and a road record of 9-2. They are 18-14 against the spread and their over/under record is 11-20. The Bluejays have an overall record of 24-8 and a home record of 13-4. They have an over/under record of 13-15 and they are 19-11 against the spread.
Josh Hart comes into this contest averaging 18.6 points per game while playing 33.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Wildcats. He pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is currently at 75%. Jalen Brunson averages 14.8 points per game in 31 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 2.6 rebounds per game for Villanova. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
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Marcus Foster averages 18.4 points per game while playing 30.6 minutes per contest this year for the Bluejays. He grabs 2.9 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 70%. Justin Patton averages 12.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.3 rebounds per contest and 1.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 69% and his free throw percentage is 51%.
Villanova averages 78.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 63rd in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 15.3 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 71st in the country. They average 33.4 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game which ranks them 286th and 111th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 326th with 11.1 per game. The Wildcats allow 63.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 20th in the nation. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc ranking them 77th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 29.4 rebounds a game which ranks 5th and they give up 13.9 assists per contest which puts them in 240th place in the country. They force 13.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 174th in Division 1.
Creighton averages 83.0 points per game this year which ranks them 16th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 10.6 and their shooting percentage is 51% as a team which has them sitting in the 3rd spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 40% which is good for 18th in the nation. They average 35.3 rebounds per game and 17.4 assists per contest which ranks them 200th and 8th respectively. In the turnover department the Bluejays rank 247th with 12.3 per game. The Bluejays allow 72.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 185th in the country. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 168th and 70th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 36.0 rebounds a game which ranks 222nd and they give up 12.8 assists per contest which puts them in 144th place in the nation. The Bluejays force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 258th in college basketball.
The Wildcats are 3rd in the nation in offensive rating at 119.1. They assist on 53.5% of their shots, which ranks 154th in the country. In terms of pace they average 65.9 possessions per 40 minutes, which places them 318th among D-1 teams. They are 2nd in effective field goal percentage with 58%. As a team they are 1st in the country in true shooting percentage with 62% and they shoot 3 pointers on 44% of their shots. Villanova turns the ball over an average of 15 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 10.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage of 53.2% places them 53rd in Division 1 while their offensive rebound percentage is 29.8%.
The Bluejays are 25th in the nation in offensive rating at 113.5. They assist on 55.7% of their shots, which ranks 100th in the country. In terms of pace they average 73.2 possessions per 40 minutes, which places them 35th among D-1 teams. They are 3rd in effective field goal percentage with 58%. As a team they are 10th in the country in true shooting percentage with 60% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Creighton turns the ball over an average of 15.2 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 8.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage of 49.5% places them 224th in Division 1 while their offensive rebound percentage is 24.9%.
Villanova Wildcats Betting Trends
The Villanova Wildcats are 18-14 against the spread
The Villanova Wildcats are 11-20 against the over/under
Creighton Bluejays Betting Trends
The Creighton Bluejays are 19-11 against the spread
The Creighton Bluejays are 13-15 against the over/under
Villanova Wildcats Injuries
11/12/16 F Omari Spellman Eligibility out for season
03/10/17 G Mikal Bridges Stomach left last game, "?" Friday vs. Seton Hall
02/11/17 F Tim Delaney Hip out for season
01/06/17 G Phil Booth Knee out indefinitely
Creighton Bluejays Injuries
01/17/17 G Mo Watson Jr. Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Villanova -2
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