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Providence vs Villanova Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 29th Betting Odds

Friars vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Providence Friars at Villanova Wildcats
  • Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 29th
  • Betting Odds: Providence -1, PROV -119 | VILL -105 O/U 139.5

Friars Preview:

Providence will take the floor against the Wildcats with an overall record of 16-5. So far, the Friars have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 4-4. This season, Providence has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 13-0. For today’s contest, Providence has a betting line set -1 points in their favor.

Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 16.52 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 9.14 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Devin Carter, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.4% of his shots and is adding 4.57 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Providence this season, as they are currently ranked 179th in college basketball at 71.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Friars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 225th in the NCAA.

Wildcats Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Providence, the Villanova Wildcats will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 10-10. So far this season, Villanova has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-4. For the season, Villanova has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wildcats being +1 point underdogs.

Villanova will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Caleb Daniels who is averaging 16.6 points per game for the Wildcats. Daniels is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Wildcats’ offensive game plan is the play of Eric Dixon who has hit 50.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.8 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Villanova will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Wildcats are ranked 158th at 72.6 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 662nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Villanova is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.

Free Spread Prediction: Villanova Wildcats +1

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Providence Friars are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1. However, we anticipate Villanova putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Friars as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Wildcats to cover.