Villanova Wildcats vs. Providence Friars Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 15 (2/15): NCAAB

Villanova Wildcats vs. Providence Friars Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 15 (2/15): NCAAB

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Odds

 

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
VILL money line -190
VILL spread -4.5 (-110)
PROV money line +165
PROV spread +4.5 (-110)
Over / under 141.5

 

 
Preview

The Providence Friars will host the Villanova Wildcats this Tuesday night for some Big East hoops.

The Wildcats has been dominant since the start of Big East play, winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Wildcats defeated Seton Hall at home last time out behind a big second half from Jay Wright's veteran team.

The Friars jumped out to a dominant 13-1 start that included wins over Wisconsin and Texas Tech, before being flat lined by Marquette on the road. 

 

Villanova (19-6)

Villanova possesses two of the most experienced players in the country in Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels. Gillespie leads the team with 16.2 ppg and 2.9 apg, while Samuels scores 10.2 ppg and grabs a team-leading 6.5 rpg.

Justin Moore continues to improve in his third year starting. The 6'4 guard averages a well-rounded line of 15.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 2.4 apg.

 

Eric Dixon has come on strong since the start of Big East play. The 6'8 sophomore scored a career-high 24 points in the win over UConn, and he's scoring 10.1 ppg, and leading the team in rebounding (6.7).

 
Providence (21-2)

Nate Watson is the leader and the soul of this Providence team. The fifth senior has been around for awhile, polishing his game and gaining experience a long the way. Watson leads the team in scoring (13.6), while grabbing 5.7 rpg.

Jared Bynum has stepped up big time this season. The 5'10 junior is third on the team in scoring (10.9), while leading the Friars in assists (4.1).

Al Durham's arrival from Indiana has been huge. The 6'4 guard has come in and been a reliable option offensively is scoring 13.3 ppg and dishing 3.2 apg. .

Noah Horchler leads the team in rebounding (8.5).

 

Prediction

Ed Cooley's team is 14-0 at home, and they're the only team in the Big East with the size and guard play to match up with Villanova confidently. They've got the momentum, so look for them to play big on their home floor here.

Take Providence's ML for this heavyweight battle.

 
PICK: Providence ML (+165)

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