Villanova Wildcats vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish is 4-point home favorites over the Villanova Wildcats tonight in Big East action.Â The over/under for the game is set at 140.Â Both teams are preparing to make a deep run in the March Madness tournament.
Villanova is 21-8 overall and 12-14 against the spread.Â In Villanovas last game on Saturday they lost to St. Johns 81-68 as 6-point home favorites.Â The game was all but over in the first five minutes as the Red Storm bolted their way to an early 18-4 lead.Â Paced by Dwight Hardy’s career-best 34 points, including 5-of-9 from long range, St. John’s outplayed the Wildcats in every phase of the game on both ends of the court.Â It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Wildcats and they have failed to cover the spread in nine of their last ten games.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 23-5 overall and 14-10 against the spread.Â They won their second straight game on Saturday when the beat the Seton Hall Pirates 60-48 as 9-point home favorites. Seton Hall possibly caught the Irish looking aheadÂ to Monday’s game early on as Seton Hall went to the locker room up by three, 27-24.Â A 13-0 run in the second half helped Notre Dame avoid the upset in front of their home fans. Seniors Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough combined for 43 of the 60 Irish points, adding 15 rebounds between them.Â The win left Notre Dame a perfect 16-0 at home this season and 8-4 against the spread at home.
Villanova has won and covered the last two in this series, one at home and one in South Bend.Â Last season’s 90-72 victory for the Wildcats came as 11-point home favorites; they were three-point underdogs when they topped Notre Dame on its home floor two years ago, 77-60.Â Both games finished below the total.Â For tonights game, I am taking Notre Dame minus the 4 points and the under.Â Villanova is a team that has lost its swagger and has been playing with no confidence, while Notre Dame seems like they are a very confident group, led by their seniors.Â The game should be played at Notre Dames tempo, which will keep the teams from running.Â That is why I am taking the under 140
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -4 Villanova Wilcats