Connecticut vs Villanova Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/18/2020
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Villanova Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Villanova -9.5
The Connecticut Huskies head to Wells Fargo Center to take on the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The opening line for this game has Villanova as 9.5 point favorites.
Connecticut heads into this matchup with a mark of 10-6. They currently have a point differential of 7.5 as they are averaging 72.3 points per contest while giving up 64.8 per game. Villanova has an overall mark of 13-3. They are averaging 75.7 points per contest and giving up 67.6, which is a point differential of 8.1.
Valuable Connecticut Huskies Betting Trends
The Connecticut Huskies are 10-6-0 against the spread this season
The Connecticut Huskies are 6-10-0 against the over/under this year
Important Villanova Wildcats Betting Trends
The Villanova Wildcats are 6-8-2 against the spread this season
The Villanova Wildcats are 8-8-0 against the over/under this year
Key Connecticut Huskies Injuries
01/12/20 F Tyler Polley ACL is out for season
Key Villanova Wildcats Injuries
11/07/19 G Bryan Antoine Shoulder is out indefinitely
Christian Vital comes into this game averaging 14.3 points per contest while playing 29.4 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is 88%. Josh Carlton averages 9.9 points per contest in 23.9 minutes per game. He averages 0.7 assists per game and 6.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 51%.
Saddiq Bey scores 15.4 points per contest while playing 32.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.2 rebounds per contest and has 2.6 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Collin Gillespie averages 15.1 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 2.7 rebounds per game and has 4.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Connecticut averages 72.3 points per contest, which is 156th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 7.5 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a unit, which has them ranked 269th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 145th in the nation. They average 39.1 boards per contest and 13.1 assists per game, which ranks them 54th and 191st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 121st with 14.2 per game. The Huskies allow 64.8 points per contest, which is 77th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% average from 3-point range, ranking them 62nd and 84th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 36.5 rebounds a game which ranks 247th, and they allow 11.3 assists per game which puts them in 81st place in the country. They force 16.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 300th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Villanova is 86th in the nation with 75.7 points per contest this season. They are 120th in the country in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 8.1. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 117th in the NCAA. They are 134th in D-1 in rebounding with 36.9 boards per contest and 43rd in assists per game with 15.7. The Wildcats are 316th in turnovers per contest with 11.6. The Wildcats give up 67.6 points per game, which ranks them 145th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 252nd and 148th in those defensive statistics. They rank 199th with 12.8 dimes allowed per game and 89th with 33.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Wildcats are 61st in the nation in forcing turnovers with 12.3 per contest this year.
The Huskies are 184th in the nation in offensive rating with 101. In terms of pace they are 223rd in the country with 69.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 272nd. As a team they are 256th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 245th in Division 1. Connecticut is 177th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.8 times per 100 possessions.
Villanova is 300th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions. The Wildcats have an offensive rating of 110, which is ranked 26th. They are 261st in D-1 in pace with 68.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 61st. As a unit they are 50th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 47% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the country.
Who will win tonight's Connecticut/Villanova college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Connecticut +9.5
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