Providence at Villanova College Basketball Picks & Predictions 3/10/2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Madison Square Garden
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The Providence Friars travel to Madison Square Garden to play the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The opening line for this game has Villanova as 5 point favorites.
Providence comes into this game with an overall record of 19-12. They currently have a point differential of 1.3 as they are averaging 73.9 points per game while giving up 72.6 per contest. Villanova has an overall record of 27-4. They are averaging 87.4 points per game and surrendering 71.1, good for a point differential of 16.3.
Valuable Providence Friars Betting Trends
The Providence Friars are 12-18 against the spread this season
The Providence Friars are 15-14 against the over/under this year
Important Villanova Wildcats Betting Trends
The Villanova Wildcats are 20-11 against the spread this season
The Villanova Wildcats are 21-10 against the over/under this year
Key Providence Friars Injuries
11/15/17 F Emmitt Holt Abdominal is out for season
Key Villanova Wildcats Injuries
No key injuries to report
Rodney Bullock averages 14.1 points per game while playing 32.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 53% while his free throw percentage is at 73%. Alpha Diallo averages 12.5 points per game in 30 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.2 assists per contest and 6.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Jalen Brunson averages 19.1 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3 rebounds per game and has 4.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Mikal Bridges averages 17.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.5 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Providence averages 73.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 174th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 1.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 194th. Behind the arc they shoot 34%, which is good for 219th in the country. They average 35.8 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game, which ranks them 145th and 164th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 199th with 12.7 per game. The Friars allow 72.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 182nd in Division 1. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc, ranking them 220th and 35th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.5 rebounds a game which ranks 216th and they give up 12.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 125th place in college basketball. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 223rd in the nation.
Useful Team Statistics
Villanova is 1st in the country with 87.4 points per game this year. They are 5th in D-1 in shooting at 51%, while their average scoring margin is 16.3. They shoot 40% from 3-point range, which is good for 22nd in college basketball. They are 179th in the nation in rebounding with 35.3 boards per game, and 17th in assists per contest with 16.8. The Wildcats are 340th in turnovers per game with 10.3. The Wildcats surrender 71.1 points per contest, which ranks them 146th in the country. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 161st and 71st in those defensive statistics. They rank 225th with 13.9 assists allowed per contest and 73rd with 32.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Wildcats are 188th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 13.2 per game this season.
The Friars are 196th in the nation in offensive rating with 104.1, and their defensive rating of 102.3 is ranked 172nd. In terms of pace they are 150th in the country with 70.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 233rd. As a team they are 220th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 287th in Division 1. Providence is 213th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 181st in the nation.
Villanova is 343rd in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 115th in Division 1. The Wildcats are 92nd in the nation in defensive rating with 99.8, and their offensive rating of 122.7 is ranked 1st. They are 115th in D-1 in pace with 70.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 60% is 2nd. As a unit they are 2nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 63% and they shoot 3-pointers on 47% of their shot attempts, ranking 17th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Providence/Villanova college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Villanova -5
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