Villanova Wildcats vs Hartford Hawks Prediction, 12/1/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Hartford Hawks
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Villanova (-24.5)
The Hartford Hawks (0-1) play the Villanova Wildcats (2-1) at Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday. Villanova opens this contest as 24.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 137.
Villanova enters this one with a win-loss record of 2-1 this season. The Wildcats are connecting on 34.7% on shots from downtown (25 of 72) and 69.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 77.3 points per outing (108th in D-1) while connecting on 46.9% from the floor. They turn it over 9.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.7 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Villanova is pulling in 36.0 boards per game and has totaled 33 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 87th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Wildcats are able to force 11.3 turnovers every game while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. The Wildcats defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.9% (79 of 172) and they surrender 32.7 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 288th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 32 surrendered for the season. They are conceding 37.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 264th in college basketball in PPG allowed (74.0).
The Villanova Wildcats took the court against the Virginia Tech Hokies and took a loss by a final of 81-73 in their last game. Villanova wrapped up the contest with a 42.6% field goal percentage (26 of 61) and made 9 of their 25 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats knocked down 12 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 70.6%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled a total of 29 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 11 assists in the game as well as earning 2 steals and 4 blocks. In regard to the defense, Villanova allowed the other team to go 42.6% from the field on 26 of 61. Virginia Tech distributed 14 dimes and 2 steals for the game. On top of that, the Hokies grabbed 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Virginia Tech finished the game shooting 73.9% from the free throw line by making 17 of 23 shots. They converted 10 of their 20 attempts from distance.
Collin Gillespie is one guy who saw a lot of court time in the game. He notched 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He played 43 minutes played and also totaled 3 rebounds. Gillespie shot 57.1% from the floor and recorded 4 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Wildcats was Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. He snagged 9 boards and had 2 assists. He ended up shooting 33.3% from the field in this contest by going 5-of-15 (14 points). Overall, Robinson-Earl saw the court for 41 minutes.
Hartford has a mark of 0-1 this season. The Hawks are committing 15 fouls every game while shooting 77.8% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 4 times per contest (258th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 15 times per game. Hartford has accounted for 57 pts so far this season and they collect 37.0 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Hawks are hitting on 32.0% from the floor, which ranks them 252nd in the nation. The Hawks on defense are ranked 219th in the country in points per game surrendered with 69. They have forced 12.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.4% from the floor (262nd in the nation). The Hartford defense gives up 26.3% on three-point shots (5 of 19) and opponents are knocking down 57.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 12 dimes and 41 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 217th and 307th in the country.
When they last played, the Hartford Hawks took a loss by a score of 69-57 when they played the Connecticut Huskies. The Hawks corralled 22 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for the matchup. They also rejected 2 shots while getting 8 steals in the matchup. The Huskies were called for 24 personal fouls for this contest which took the Hawks to the charity stripe for a total of 27 shots. They were able to bury 21 of them for a percentage of 77.8%. With respect to shots from 3-point land, Hartford converted 4 of 15 attempts (26.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawks went 16 for 50 from the field which gave them a percentage of 32.0%. The Hawks allowed the Huskies to make 28 of their 63 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 44.4% in the game. They finished 26.3% from beyond the arc by hitting 5 of 19 and finished the game at 8 out of 14 from the free throw line (57.1%). When it comes to rebounds, Hartford allowed Connecticut to get 36 in total (15 on the offensive side).
Hunter Marks pitched in for the Hawks in this game. He converted 2 out of 4 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 14 points. Marks totaled 9 rebounds in his 39 minutes and earned 2 dimes for this game. Someone else that played a role for Hartford was Thomas Webley. He walked away with 2 points in his 33 minutes played via 1 of 2 shooting in this contest. Webley walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor and also totaling 2 dimes and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Villanova (-24.5)
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