Reigning Champions Villanova will face a stiff test tonight in chilly Windy City.

Written by College Basketball Expert Betting Analyst Al Presto.

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The (16-4) SU, (13-7) ATS #14 Villanova Wildcats haven’t lost since December 22, 2018, and after their 80-52 victory over Seton Hall as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS hope to make it nine straight tonight.

The Wildcats are 7-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD during the current streak in which they’ve re gained supremacy in the Big East after a rocky start to the season.

  • Villanova is 2-5 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last seven on Wednesday’s.
  • The road team is 8-2 ATS the last ten between the teams.
  • OVER bettors have made a profit in 6 of the previous ten times, they’ve met.
  • The Wildcats are 7-3 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last ten overall.

The (11-8) SU, (10-8-1) ATS DePaul Blue Demons return home after a three-game road trip going 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS, the finale a 70-67 loss to Providence as 6 point road UNDERDOGS ATS.

DePaul hopes to cool down the red hot Wildcats as -60-degree wind chill factor outside could be the coldest day many Chicagoans have ever seen. The Blue Demons are 4′ games behind Wednesday’s opponent in the Big East Conference standings.

  • DePaul is 4-0 ATS their last four following an SU loss.
  • The OVER is 11-3-1 the last fifteen times the teams have met.
  • The Blue Demons are 1-4 ATS their last five at home.
  • UNDER bettors have made profits in 8 of DePaul last twelve vs. The Big East.

Wednesday’s game is 8:00 PM EST at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The CBSSN will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has DePaul as 6′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 144′ points for Wednesday’s contest.

 

Villanova Wildcats head basketball coach has led the team to two NCAA Titles in the past three seasons the equation in all were the leadership of point guard Jalen Brunson who’s now in the NBA. After early season losses to city rival Pennsylvania of the Ivy League and Furman, the Wildcats had to do some soul searching, but they still have their doubters.

Wright decided seniors Phil Booth (18.7) ppg and Eric Paschall (16.9) would be the focal point of an offense that produces (76.3) points per contest, 107th in the nation. Villanova is an exception rebounding team (38.4) RPG which is 52nd in College Basketball with Paschall and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree grabbing (6.5) boards per contest. The (34.9%) shooting from beyond the three-point line is 134th in College Basketball but accounts for (40.2) points per game.

The coaching staff understands the dangers of falling in love with the three-point shot and they’ll adjust as we approach tournament time, for now; Wright’s letting the flow of the game dictate how he coaches which show the genius part. Villanova and Marquette are the only Big East teams with above .500 record in conference action, and Wright wants to keep it that way.

The winning Sports Handicappers at Charliessports.com is 2-1 when going on or against Villanova in the 2018-19 season.

Bovada.Lv list Villanova at +155 to win the 2019 Big East Conference Tournament.

 

Expectations for basketball in the Chicago area are always high but the past couple of decade hasn’t been friendly to any of the major colleges in the area, except last season when Loyola of Chicago went to the Final Four.

Head Coach Dave Leitao watched his team battle the Wildcats to a standstill in a January 2nd meeting. However, missed a three-point shot which allowed Villanova walk away with a 73-68 victory in Philadelphia. Senior guard Max Strus (17.4) ppg is the teams leading scorer but Femi Olujobi (17.6) ppg the last seven games has given the Blue Demons a threat in the post.

Orlando, Florida native Paul Reed is also playing at an elite level; he’s averaging (18.2 ppg, 10.2 RPG) on (59%) shooting from the field. Except for a double-digit home loss to Butler on January 16th the Blue Demons have played every Big East game competitively. They’ve taken down an excellent St.John’s team and swept Seton Hall; they can improve their NCAA Tournament resume’ with an upset tonight which is possible. They’re right on the cusp of being an outstanding team.

A key for tonight is for Reed and Olujobi to continue to ascend while Straus takes the majority of shots. This Sports Handicapper has a free play on this game tonight.

Bovada.Lv list DePaul at +1,800 to win the 2019 Big East Championship.

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Are Temple ready for the National Champs?

Temple supporters are passionate but the Owls must swoop into the national champion’s house to claim a victory tonight. (Photo by Chris Chambers)

Sarcasm is a centuries-old art form as evidenced by the continued reference to Philadelphia as the City of Brotherly Love. If you’re looking for tenderness and compassion, you’ve come to the wrong town. The only love you’ll get in Philly is the tough kind. Its fans are loud and in your face. 

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They’re also knowledgeable on and off the court. The city is blessed with several of the nation’s top colleges and universities. When two meet on the hardwood… well, in the immortal words of Dick Vitale, “Oh baby!”

Tonight, the 7-1 Temple Owls fly out to the ‘burbs to take on national champs Villanova in the Pavilion. It’s said the early bird gets the worm. Even though worms and Wildcats aren’t an Owl’s natural prey, Fran Dunphy’s squad might wish this trip had been on the calendar in early November rather than December.

Jay Wright’s defending champions came into the season with something of a title hangover, going 2-2 in their first four. Since the rough start, Villanova’s ripped off four in a row. At 6-2, they’re now ranked 21st in the nation according to the AP.

The Wildcats’ points come from seniors Phil Booth [16.9ppg] and Eric Paschall [15.8]. Both love to let fly from beyond the arc. Half of Booth’s shots come from three-point land. Paschall finds his way inside a bit more. While 43% of his shots are threes, he also pulls down 5.3 rebounds per game. Six-foot-nine-inch sophomore forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is the main force on the boards, however, pulling down 8.4 per. Fellow sophomore Collin Gillespie supplements Booth and Paschall’s scoring with another 11.3ppg.

Jay Wright’s side is small. Cosby-Roundtree and freshman Saddiq Bey [at 6’8″] are the big men. Oddly, Wright doesn’t have a true point guard running the show. The ball moves around, with no one player averaging more than 3 assists per game [Gillespie].

Obviously, the team mentality works for Villanova. They’re national champions two of the past three seasons and Wright’s players like to stay in the program for the full four years.

The Wildcats celebrate their 2018 NCAA National Championship.

While Fran Dunphy may wish he could’ve run up against Jay Wright earlier in the season, any history majors in his squad will tell him December 5th might be exactly the right time to play Villanova. Temple’s last win against the Wildcats came six years ago to the day in 2012. 

In the interim, the Owls have been shredded by their rival, losing five in a row with the narrowest margin being 16 points [in 2014 &16]. Little wonder the LINE in this one has Villanova giving away ten points. In every win, the Wildcats covered by at least 5.5 points. The OVER is 4-1 during that streak.

The American Athletic Conference doesn’t receive the same love as the Big East but, following two mediocre seasons in which Temple posted a combined 33-32 record their hot start has them back in the discussion for the NCAA tournament.

The Owls’ offence is more focused than Villanova’s. The scoring derives primarily from the guards. Senior Levan Shawn Alston and junior Quinton Rose each average 17.1ppg. When Alston isn’t taking the shot himself, he’s the main floor general with 5.8 assists per game.

Fronting up outside the paint isn’t Ernest Aflakpui’s natural habitat. He will eat opponents up inside, however.

Archbishop Carroll product Ernest Aflakpui will match up with Cosby-Roundtree in the paint. The 6’10” doesn’t score often [6.4ppg] sophomore pulls down 7.5 boards per game. Sophomore Nate Pierre-Louis loves to mix it up with the big lads too. The 6’4″ guard from Plainfield, NJ’s Roselle Catholic HS pitches in 11.3ppg and 7.1 rebounds.

Temple’s 7-1 start hasn’t come against the same level of opposition Villanova faces. The Wildcats were blown out by #5 Michigan then edged by #25 Furman in OT, but rebounded with a victory over #11 Florida State. If you like comparing common opponents, however, both teams have beaten LaSalle this season. Temple beat them by eight at home, a PUSH. Villanova comes off a tough road win against the Explorers, their seven-point FAILING TO COVER the -16 line. 

This is a home game, though. The Wildcats are 15-5 AGAINST THE SPREAD in their last 20 at the Pavilion.

That said, the most compelling trend in this matchup is the UNDER. It’s 11-4 in Temple’s last 15 road games, 7-3 against their last non-conference opponents and 7-1 in Villanova’s last eight non-conference tilts and their last eight overall. Go with that in this one.

Free Pick: UNDER Temple v Villanova [140.5]
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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.