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2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament
(17-9) North Texas Mean Green vs. Villanova Wildcats (16-6)
Date: Sunday, March 21st
Time: 8:45 PM ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: North Texas +240 | Villanova -300
CBB Betting Odds: Villanova -6.5
CBB Betting Total: 127.5
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It’s a second-round matchup from the South Region of the NCAA Tournament as the winner looks to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16. The 13th seeded North Texas Mean Green battles with the 5th seeded Villanova Wildcats Sunday night.
North Texas upended 4th seeded Purdue 78-69 in overtime in their first-round matchup Friday night to advance to the second round. Villanova held off 12th seeded Winthrop 73-63 in their first-round tilt Friday night to punch their ticket to round two. This marks the first time that the two programs have met on the hardwood as Division I opponents.
The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 to take on the winner of Baylor/Wisconsin.
North Texas Mean Green
The Mean Green were 17-9 overall and finished 9-5 in Conference USA action heading into the NCAA Tournament and won their fourth straight game Friday. North Texas played their style of game, grinding the clock and wearing Purdue down, before putting things away in overtime to get the victory and advance to the round of 32.
In the extra session, North Texas scored the first 11 points while holding Purdue scoreless for the opening 4:32 to earn the victory. The Mean Green shot 47.5% from the field, including nine of 21 from three-point range, and held Purdue to 36.2% shooting in the contest.
North Texas is led by Javion Hamlet, who puts up 15.3 points plus 4.6 assists a night this season. The former 2 star recruit Javion Hamlet led North Texas with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in the win.
Villanova had their challenges with 12th-seeded Winthrop but managed to come away with the victory to advance. The Wildcats earned just their second win in the last five games to run their record to 17-6 overall.
The Wildcats held just a 1 point lead at halftime but started the second half on a 9-1 run to take a 43-34 lead with 16:37 to play in the game and never let the Eagles closer than 3 points the rest of the way. Villanova shot 44.2% from the field, including eight of 25 from three-point range, and held Winthrop to 36.2% shooting in the game
Villanova lost Collin Gillespie, the Co-Big East Player of the Year, before the tournament. The guard averaged 14.0 ppg, but more importantly was an experienced Senior and one of the Wildcats’ primary ball handlers. Gillespie was a calming presence on this Villanova squad, especially valuable at tournament time.
Fellow Co-Big East Player of the Year Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is now the primary player for the Wildcats. He boasts team bests in points (16 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg), steals (1 bpg), and steals (0.6 spg).
CBB Betting Trends:
- Mean Green are 6-2 ATS last 8 overall
- Mean Green are 1-4 ATS last 5 NCAA tournament games
- Under is 5-0-1 in Mean Green last 6 overall
- Wildcats are 14-3 ATS last 17 NCAA tournament games
- Wildcats are 3-5-1 ATS last 9 neutral site games
- Over is 8-2 in Wildcats last 10 neutral site games
Free North Texas Mean Green vs. Villanova Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
Villanova survived their first-round matchup with Winthrop but now faces a different style of opponent here. The Mean Green like to grind you down and make you work on every possession. Villanova doesn’t have the kind of depth they’ve had in recent years due to injury so it’s going to be a test because North Texas will bleed the shot clock on every possession.
The Mean Green aren’t a great offensive team by any stretch but they are capable of shooting from the outside going 42.9% against Purdie. Regardless, Villanova has a proven track record under coach Jay Wright and knows how to string together wins in the NCAA tournament. A win will advance the Wildcats to a Sweet 16 appearance for the 3rd time in the last 4 tournaments against either Baylor or Wisconsin. I’ll take the favorited Wildcats to cover.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Villanova -6.5
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