Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Eagles vs. Wildcats CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(23-1) Winthrop Eagles vs. Villanova Wildcats (16-6)
Date: Friday, March 19th
Time: 9:57 PM ET
Venue: Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Villanova -6.5
CBB Betting Total: 141.5
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It’s another dangerous #12 vs. #5 matchup and the fact that Villanova is only a -6.5 favorite shows that Winthrop isn’t to be taken lightly here. The Eagles won all three of their tournament games by 20+ points.
The 23-1 mark is impressive and it does show a winning mentality, but Winthrop’s mark didn’t come against the toughest of competitors this season. The Eagles strength of schedule was 269th on the year.
Villanova attracts a lot of talent playing in the Big East, but it could be argued that Winthrop has the most talented player on the floor in Chandler Vaudrin, who posted 12.2/7.2/6.9 on the season.
Vaudrin was named the Big South player of the year and was also the MVP of the conference tournament. He posted 11.3/10/8.3 in three tournament games and clearly makes everyone around him better with distribution and not just scoring.
There is some talent surrounding Vaudrin as well. Winthrop has a 10-man rotation that likes to push the pace. The Eagles scored 80+ in all three tournament games and were 35th in the country averaging 79.2 ppg.
6’9, 275 pound D.J. Burns is a presence on the inside and had 22 points in the tournament championship game. Charles Falden had a 19-point outing in the semifinals so there’s some big game potential in this lineup.
Should Villanova really be on upset alert? They’ve lost three of their last four, and two in a row following the season ending injury to Collin Gillespie, the Co-Big East Player of the Year.
Gillespie 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.
The Wildcats have lost two in a row, but it’s not like they’re completely lost without Gillespie. Those defeats have come 52-54 at Providence, and then 71-72 in the Big East tournament to eventual champion Georgetown.
Gillespie was Co-player of the year – so was his teammate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Robinson-Earl averaged 15.2 ppg during the regular season, but showed big game potential with 26 in the loss to Georgetown in the conference tournament.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Eagles are 5-2 ATS last 7 overall
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS last 4 NCAA tournament games
- Under is 5-0-1 in Eagles last 6 overall
- Under is 6-0 in Eagles last 6 NCAA tournament games
- Wildcats are13-3 ATS last 16 NCAA tournament games
- Wildcats are 2-5-1 ATS last 8 neutral site games
- Over is 8-2 in Wildcats last 10 neutral site games
Free Winthrop Eagles vs. Villanova Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
Everybody wants Winthrop to be the darlings of this tournament, and the situation does look primed for an upset with Villanova missing one of their top players.
It all goes back to the competition the Eagles have faced however. They faced just one tournament team this year (UNC-Greensboro in the season opener), while four teams from the Big East made the Big Dance. Villanova also played Virginia Tech and Texas as part of their non-conference schedule.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Villanova -6.5
Robinson-Earl is a force, and excited to play in his first NCAA tournament game after last year’s postseason was cancelled.
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