Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Owls vs. Wildcats CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(7-5) Syracuse Orange vs. Villanova Wildcats (8-4)
Date: Tuesday December 29th, 2021
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: The Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA
CBB Moneyline Odds: Owls +800 | Wildcats -550
CBB Betting ATS Odds: TEM +14.5 | NOVA -14.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 123.5
Villanova will look to pick up it’s 17th Big 5 title when they host their inner city rivals Temple this Wednesday.
HISTORY: These two programs have met in every season since 2006. Villanova leads the all-time series 11-3 and they’ve won the past seven meetings.
Villanova is favored by 15 points as hosts here.
Temple has managed to stay afloat despite being hit by the injury bug early this year. They’re 2-1 in their Big 5 games this season, and a quality showing here could go along way on Selection Sunday.
Losing leading scorer Khalif Battle in the win over La Salle has altered Temple’s season early. The sophomore guard was averaging a team-leading 21.4 ppg, and Aaron McKie has had to seek offense elsewhere.
Damian Dunn remains a consistent scoring threat after a strong freshman season. The 6’5 guard scored a career-high 27 points in the win over Penn, and he’s averaging 13.6 ppg and a team-leading 5.2 rpg.
Zach Hicks had a huge breakout party in the win over Delaware State. The freshman forward scored 35 points, shooting 10-16 from deep, and he’s sure to have a hefty role going forward.
Jeremiah Williams orchestrates the offense, and he’s posting a well-rounded 9.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and a team-leading 4.7 apg.
Jake Forrester starts up front, and he had strong performances in Big 5 wins over Penn and La Salle.
Villanova will close out one of the tougher non-conference schedules in the nation with this Temple matchup. Jay Wright’s team snapped a two-game skid with an impressive win over Xavier last week, 71-58.
The Wildcats possess two of the most experienced players in the country in Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels. Both were rotational pieces during Nova’s title runs, but this will mark their first meeting against Syracuse.
Gillespie leads the team with 16.1 ppg and 3.3 apg, while Samuels scores 10.5 ppg and grabs a team-leading 6.4 rpg.
Justin Moore continues to improve in his third year starting. The 6’4 guard reminds fans of former Nova guard Josh Hart, displaying the ability to shoot, rebound, distribute and defend at a high rate.
Moore averages a well-rounded line of 14.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 2.5 apg.
Caleb Swider’s transfer has led to a bigger role for Brandon Slater. The 6’7 senior is averaging a career-best 10.3 ppg, up seven points from last season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Villanova is 13-2 ATS in their last 15 Big 5 games.
- Temple is 5-4 ATS this season.
- Under is 4-1 in the Owls last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Free Temple Owls vs. Villanova Wildcats NCAAB Prediction: Villanova to Cover
Unlike most teams in the country, Villanova hasn’t had to deal with a lengthy layoff, and that should come in handy here.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Villanova –
Villanova looked good during the non-conference stretch, and they dominated their three Big 5 matchups this season. That state-wide dominance should continue here with a win and cover, as Temple enter’s their toughest test of the year so far shorthanded. The Owls will feel Khalif Battle’s absence here, and Nova should take care of business here.
Take Villanova’s spread for this Big 5 battle.
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