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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(17-5) Seton Hall Pirates vs. Villanova Wildcats (17-5)
Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM ET
Venue: Finneran Pavillion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Villanova -3
CBB Betting Total: 139.5
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A huge Big East match-up will see the Seton Hall Pirates take on the Villanova Wildcats. These teams are first and second in the conference standings, but the Pirates hold a small lead over the Wildcats. This will be the first of two meetings this season.
In three meetings last season (including the conference tournament), Seton Hall won two of three games.
Seton Hall Pirates
The Pirates got a big road win at Georgetown this past week. They are now 9-1 in the conference standings. Usually a win at Georgetown might not seem that great, but this league is so competitive, that any win away from home should count as a quality win.
Offensively, the Pirates are a top 100 scoring team, averaging 74.5 points per game. In road games, they have not missed a beat, averaging 74 points per game. Their scoring has actually improved in away games against the Big East, where they average 79 points per game. In fact, in five road conference games, they have not scored less than 74 points.
Clearly leading the scoring is Myles Powell. He is averaging 22 points per game and is one of the best guards in the entire country. Besides him, their next highest scorer averages just 11.8 points per game, so they need a couple guys to step up here to hang with Villanova.
Like their offense, defense has been solid for the Pirates. Allowing just 65.5 points per game, they have a top 85 scoring defense. What is more impressive is that they hold their opponents to 39% from the field. Also, their three-point defense is on point, and teams shoot just 29.1%.
The only weakness if any is their road defense. They allow 71.4 points per game specifically in road conference games. Limiting Villanova early in this game is how they will take the crowd out of it and win this game.
The Wildcats have now lost two games in a row after falling to Butler this past week. They are now 7-3 in the Big East. Villanova is still basically a lock for the tournament, but a win against Seton Hall will surely helping their seeding.
Villanova’s offense seems to be pretty inconsistent this season. They average 74 points per game, but in home conference games, this averages drops to 69.2 points.
The Wildcats have a very balanced scoring attack with two guys averaging 15.6-15.9 points per game and three guys average 10.5-10.9 points per game. Even with that being said, Collin Gillespie and Saddiq Bey need to be the guys who carry this team.
Similar to the offense, the Villanova defense have had their fair share of struggles. They allow 66.9 points per game, but this average increases to 68 points allowed per game in Big East home games.
This may sound obvious, but the only way the Wildcats get back into the win column is by slowing down Powell.
CBB Betting Trends:
- HALL are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 vs. Big East.
- HALL are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Free Seton Hall Pirates vs. Villanova Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
Myles Powell is in a league of his own and he will carry the Pirates to a huge road win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Seton Hall Pirates +3
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