Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 4/2/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Location: Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Villanova (+4)
The Villanova Wildcats (30-7) are headed to Caesars Superdome on Saturday where they will take on the Kansas Jayhawks (32-6). Villanova opens this matchup as 4-point underdogs. The total is set at 131.
The Villanova Wildcats played Houston and notched a win by a score of 50-44 in their last contest. Villanova ended the contest with a 28.8% FG percentage (15 of 52) and made 5 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Wildcats knocked down 15 of their 15 shots for a rate of 100.0%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 35 with 10 of them being offensive. They also dished out 6 assists in this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and getting 3 steals. When discussing defense, Villanova allowed the other team to shoot 29.8% from the floor on 17 of 57 shooting. Houston recorded 7 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. In addition, Houston pulled down 35 boards (13 offensive, 22 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Houston shot 64.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 9 of 14 tries. They also made 1 out of their 20 tries from long range. In the matter of personal fouls, the Wildcats ended up finishing with 12 and Houston racked up 14 personal fouls.
Jermaine Samuels is a guy who came through for the game. He ended up finishing with 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins and totaled 7 rebounds. He walked away from this one shooting 61.5% from the field and also distributed 1 assist.
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Villanova comes into this one with a mark of 30-7 so far this season. They are averaging 71.9 points per contest (152nd in the country) on 43.4% from the floor. The Wildcats are connecting on 35.7% from downtown (342 of 957) and 83.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Villanova is grabbing 34.9 rebounds per contest and has earned 439 dimes this season, which ranks 133rd in college hoops in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 9.9 times per game and as a squad are committing 15.0 personal fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Wildcats have forced 11.9 turnovers every game while drawing 16.5 fouls. They are ranked 202nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 412 relinquished on the season. The Wildcats defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 40.4% (832 of 2,057) and they relinquish 32.6 boards per contest as a group. They relinquish 30.1% on shots from downtown while they are 19th in D-1 in PPG allowed (62.2).
The last time they took the court, the Kansas Jayhawks took home the win by a final score of 76-50 against Miami. The Jayhawks pulled down 33 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in the game. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while earning 7 steals in this contest. Miami committed 20 fouls for the game which got the Jayhawks to the free throw line for 26 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 50.0%. Concerning 3-point shots, Kansas converted 5 of 14 tries (35.7%). When the game finished, the Jayhawks ended up going 29 out of 58 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.0%. The Jayhawks allowed Miami to convert 19 out of their 55 tries from the field which had them shooting 34.5% for this game. They shot 14.3% from downtown by connecting on 3 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 13 at the free throw line (69.2%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Kansas allowed Miami to grab 26 in total (5 offensive).
Ochai Agbaji ended up being important for the Jayhawks in the matchup. He tallied 18 points in his 34 mins on the court and added 4 assists for the game. He knocked down 8 out of 12 for the game for a field goal rate of 66.7%, and had 5 rebounds.
Kansas has a record of 32-6 this year. As an offense, the Jayhawks are connecting on 47.8% from the field, which has them ranked 18th in D-1. Kansas has accounted for 2,976 points for the campaign (78.3 per game) and they grab 38.0 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 15.4 times per game (38th in college hoops) and they turn it over 12.3 times per game. The Jayhawks are committing 16.1 personal fouls per contest while shooting 71.9% from the free throw line.
The Jayhawks on the defensive end are ranked 123rd in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 67.3. They are forcing 12.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.0% from the floor (53rd in the nation). The Kansas defense gives up 29.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (232 of 784) and opponents are knocking down 71.4% of their foul shots. They concede 11.9 dimes and 32.7 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 117th and 75th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Villanova (+4)
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