Providence Friars at Villanova Wildcats Betting Preview
No. 8 Providence (24-3, overall, 14-2 Big East) will take on conference rival No. 11 Villanova (21-7, 14-4) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Finneran Pavilion.
Providence is 7-1 away from home this season, while Villanova is 11-1 on its own home court this season. The Friars’ only home loss this season came to the Wildcats earlier this season.
Providence has had several games canceled due to COVID-19 and are hoping that those problems are long before it as the Friars creep closer to getting back to the NCAA Tournament.
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Providence Betting Stats & Analysis
Providence had a chance to take a breather during its last game, a 72-51 victory over Creighton that marked the third straight victory for the Friars. It was a relief for Providence, which has won four of five because it was the Friars’ first game during their winning streak that didn’t go into overtime.
Providence has scored 70 or more points in seven straight games. Friars center Nate Watson leads the team by scoring 14.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Providence guard Al Durham (13.3 points per game) and Jared Bynum (12.7), and A.J. Reeves (10.2) also averaged double-figure scoring for the Friars.
Providence’s defense ranks in the top 50 nationally in field goal percentage, limiting opponents to 40.9 percent shooting from the field, which is the 48th best mark in the country.
The Friars have shown this season that they aren’t intimidated and haven’t backed down from tough situations. Providence is only one win away from reaching the 25-win mark for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
The Friars have won despite being in the middle of the pack in field goal percentage and points per game. Providence averages 72.5 points per game, which ranks 145th nationally, and makes 44.5 percent of its shots, which ranks 155th nationally. The Friars will need to continue to be more efficient on offense to challenge for the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova Betting Stats & Analysis
The Wildcats had their five-game winning streak stopped with a 71-69 loss to UConn last Thursday when Villanova collapsed in the final minute. The Wildcats are unlikely to stay down for long as Villanova hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season. Villanova has scored 70 or more points in five of their past six games.
The Wildcats lean heavily on Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore to do a lot of the heavy lifting for Villanova. Gillespie shoots 42.6 percent from the 3-point line and leads the Wildcats by averaging 16.6 points per game.
Moore, who averages 14.3 points per game, also grabs 5.2 rebounds per game and shoots 35.7 percent from the perimeter. Villanova has made any opponents reckless enough to send the Wildcats to the free-throw line. The Wildcats, who shoot 82.7 percent from the charity stripe, which is the top mark in the country.
Villanova’s strengths, though, lay in its defense. The Wildcats limit their opponents to 63.4 points per game, which is the 34th best mark in the country. Villanova also makes shooting against its defense difficult, as the Wildcats limit their foes to 41.1 percent shooting from the field and 31.7 percent from the 3-point line.
Villanova, meanwhile, doesn’t have any shortage of 3-point shooters of their own. The Wildcats can’t catch Providence in the Big East race but will likely be ready and waiting for the Friars once the NCAA Tournament starts.
Providence at Villanova NCAAB Betting Trends
- Providence is 16-11 against the spread.
- The Friars are 2-3 against the spread over their past five games.
- The over has gone 14-13 against the total in Providence’s games.
- The Friars are 3-2 against the spread against ranked opponents.
- Providence is 6-2 ATS against road opponents this season.
- Villanova has a 14-13-1 record against the spread.
- The Wildcats have seen the over go 14-14 in their games this season.
- In five of Villanova’s last seven games, the total has gone over the total.
- The Wildcats are 6-4-1 ATS against ranked teams.
- Villanova is 7-5 ATS at home this season.
Providence Friars at Villanova Wildcats NCAAB Betting Odds
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Providence has already clinched their first-ever Big East regular-season crown, so this game will mean little in the standings for both teams.
However, when it comes to the national perception of both teams when it comes to NCAA Tournament seeding, this game could have an impact on how these teams fare in March. Neither team has a seed etched in stone and can still do a lot to climb up the ladder more.
The Friars have been surviving games by the grit of their teeth recently and will be eager to get another top 15 victory under their belt. Villanova beat Providence by five points, 89-84, on Feb. 15 on the road.
Villanova, meanwhile, slipped just outside the top 10 of the rankings following their close road loss to the Huskies and will be eager to get back on top. Providence, which has won three of its past four games in overtime, will be searching to have less drama and try to win a game comfortably within regulation.
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