Villanova Wildcats vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Villanova Wildcats and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish battle it out on Saturday in Philadelphia is Big East college basketball action. The Fighting Irish are -1 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 132.5.
The Villanova Wildcats are clearly having a down year as Jay wright’s team has lost four of their last five games and are near the bottom the Big East standings. Villanova is 4-9 in the Big East, 9-3 at home this season, and they are tied for 11th place in the conference standings. Maalik Wayns is averaging 17.8 points and 4.5 assists, Dominic Cheek is averaging 12.4 points, and Mouphtaou Yarou is averaging 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds. As a team Villanova is averaging 72.7 points and they are shooting 41.5 percent while their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent and averaging 71.8 points per game. Villanova clearly isn’t what we have come to expect of them and we should see a different team a year from now.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been one of the hottest teams in the nation as Mike Brey’s team has won seven games in a row. Notre Dame is 10-3 in Big East play, 4-3 on the road this season, and tied for second place in the conference standings. Jerian Grant is averaging 13 points and 4.8 assists, Eric Atkins is averaging 12.8 points, and Jack Colley is averaging 11.9 points and 9.2 rebounds. As a team ND is averaging 68 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Notre Dame looks to be a force and they are peaking at the right time.
Villanova is 6-20 against the spread in their last 26 Big East games, 5-16 against the spread in their last 21 home games, and 2-12 against the spread in their last 14 home games against a team with a losing road record. Notre Dame is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven Big East games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 5-1-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record.
With the total set at 131.5 the easy play here is on the over.