Villanova Wildcats vs UConn Huskies Prediction, 12/28/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs UConn Huskies
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Location: XL Center in Hartford, CT
TV: Youtube TV
The Villanova Wildcats (7-5) are on their way to XL Center on Wednesday where they will try to defeat the UConn Huskies (13-0).
The Villanova Wildcats faced St. John's and went home with a win by a final score of 78-63 in their last contest. Villanova walked away from the game having earned a 47.5% field goal percentage (28 out of 59) and converted 6 out of their 19 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 16 of their 17 attempts for a percentage of 94.1%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 37 with 4 of them being offensive. They also distributed 12 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When it comes to defending, Villanova allowed 36.0% from the floor on 27 out of 75 shooting. St. John's recorded 18 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. In addition, St. John's grabbed 37 boards (10 offensive, 27 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. St. John's finished 50.0% when shooting free throws by converting 3 of 6 shots. They converted 6 out of their 25 shots from beyond the arc. With respect to personal fouls, the Wildcats ended up with 10 while St. John's accounted for 16 personal fouls.
Eric Dixon is one player who was a factor in the game. He ended up finishing with 18 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. He played 31 mins played and snagged 6 rebounds. He ended up going 43.8% from the floor and earned 2 dimes.
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Villanova comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-5 so far this year. They currently have an average of 71.6 points per outing (196th in the country) while connecting on 43.9% from the field. The Wildcats are hitting 34.2% on 3-pointers (110 of 322) and 83.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Villanova is pulling down 31.8 rebounds per game and has earned 145 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 305th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 9.3 times per game and as a group they are committing 15.3 fouls per game.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing 11.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 286th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 180 conceded this season. The Wildcats defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 43.3% (294 of 679) and they concede 33.9 boards per game as a team. They are relinquishing 34.9% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 141st in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.1).
The last time they took the court, the UConn Huskies walked away with a victory by a final of 84-73 when they played Georgetown. The Huskies were able to snag 21 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 26 in this game. They coughed up the ball 7 times, while getting 9 steals in this contest. Georgetown had 16 personal fouls for this contest which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for 15 attempts. They were able to make 13 of the free throws for a rate of 86.7%. Pertaining to shots from distance, UConn made 11 of their 30 tries (36.7%). In all, the Huskies finished shooting 30 out of 61 from the field which had them shooting 49.2%. The Huskies allowed Georgetown to knock down 27 out of their 59 tries from the floor which left them shooting 45.8% for this contest. They finished 27.3% from beyond the perimeter by going 3 of 11 and ended up going 16 out of 23 from the charity stripe (69.6%). When discussing rebounding, UConn permitted Georgetown to get 35 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Tristen Newton was important for the Huskies in this contest. He racked up 17 points in his 27 minutes on the court and accumulated 7 assists in this game. He converted 4 out of 6 for the game for a rate of 66.7%, and totaled 2 rebounds.
UConn has a record of 13-0 so far this season. As an offense, the Huskies are hitting on 48.6% from the floor, which is 35th in college basketball. UConn has tallied 1,087 pts for the campaign (83.6 per contest) and they collect 39.8 boards per game. They are getting an assist 19.3 times per contest (6th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 12.5 times per game. The Huskies are committing 18.2 personal fouls per game and they connect on 74.7% from the free throw line.
The UConn defense concedes 27.0% on shots from distance (47 of 174) and their opponents are connecting on 70.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 7.2 assists and 29.7 boards every game, ranking them 3rd and 13th in Division 1. The Huskies defensively are ranked 12th in the country in PPG given up with 58.6. They are forcing 16.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 38.1% from the field (21st in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Villanova
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