Villanova Wildcats vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 12/12/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Baylor Bears
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Location: Ferrell Center in Waco, TX
Ferrell Center is the site where the Baylor Bears (8-0) will compete against the Villanova Wildcats (7-2) on Sunday.
The Villanova Wildcats took the court against Syracuse and walked away with a win by a score of 67-53 in their last game. Villanova ended the game with a 32.5% field goal percentage (25 out of 77) and made 13 of their 50 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Wildcats knocked down 4 of their 6 shots for a rate of 66.7%. When talking about pulling down boards, they collected a total of 46 with 18 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 15 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Regarding defense, Villanova allowed 35.7% from the field on 20 out of 56 shooting. Syracuse totaled 4 dimes and had 4 steals in this game. In addition, Syracuse snagged 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Syracuse shot 53.3% from the charity stripe by burying 8 of their 15 tries. They made 5 of 15 tries from beyond the arc. When it comes to fouls, the Wildcats finished with 13 and Syracuse finished the game with 12 fouls.
Collin Gillespie is someone who came through in this matchup. He walked away with 14 points on 5 out of 14 shooting. He played 38 minutes played and also collected 3 rebounds. He went 35.7% from the field and totaled 5 assists.
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Villanova enters this contest with a mark of 7-2 on the season. They turn it over 8.7 times per contest and as a unit they commit 15.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Villanova is grabbing 37.6 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 133 assists this year, which ranks 116th in the country in terms of passing. The Wildcats are hitting 39.2% on shots from 3-point land (107 of 273) and 78.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 78.2 points per contest (71st in the country) while shooting 44.6% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and they draw 16.8 personal fouls. They rank 127th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 102 conceded on the year. The Wildcats defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (203 of 496) and they relinquish 32.1 rebounds per game as a team. They are relinquishing 33.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 60th in the country in opponents points per game (62.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Baylor Bears took home the win by a final score of 99-54 when they played Arkansas-Pine Bluff. With respect to team rebounding, Baylor permitted Arkansas-Pine Bluff to snag 23 overall (6 offensive). They finished shooting 12.0% from three-point range by connecting on 3 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 9 from the free throw line (77.8%). The Bears allowed Arkansas-Pine Bluff to convert 22 out of their 55 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 40.0% for the matchup. Overall, the Bears shot 35 out of 68 from the field which had them shooting 51.5%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Baylor knocked down 13 of their 32 tries (40.6%). They were able to knock down 16 of those for a clip of 61.5%. Arkansas-Pine Bluff earned 18 fouls for the contest which took the Bears to the free throw line for 26 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while recording 10 steals for the matchup. The Bears were able to corral 28 defensive boards and 20 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for this contest.
Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua was important for the Bears for this contest. He racked up 14 points in his 22 mins on the court and added 2 dimes for the game. He knocked down 4 out of 6 in this game giving him a rate of 66.7%, and added 13 rebounds.
Baylor has a win-loss mark of 8-0 this season. As an offensive team, the Bears are connecting on 48.3% from the field, which is ranked 39th in Division 1. Baylor has scored 672 pts so far this season (84.0 per game) and they average 42.0 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 18.9 times per game (6th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 12.4 times per contest. The Bears commit 15.9 fouls per contest and they hit 65.6% from the charity stripe.
The Baylor defense gives up 28.8% on shots from beyond the arc (45 of 156) and opponents are converting on 67.3% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 11.1 dimes and 30.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 103rd and 40th in those categories. The Bears on the defensive end are ranked 7th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 56.4. They are able to force 20.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.3% from the field (61st in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Baylor
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