Villanova Wildcats vs. Providence Friars
Two high scoring teams in the Big East face off as the Villanova Wildcats and the Providence Friars meet on Tuesday Philadelphia. The Wildcats are -8 point favorites over the Friars with an over/under point total set at 154.5.
The Villanova Wildcats finally got it back to .500 for the season but unfortunately for Jay Wright’s team since then they have lost three games in a row. Villanova is 3-8 in the Big East, 8-3 at home this season, and they are in 14th place in the conference standings. Maalik Wayns is averaging 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists, Dominic Cheek is averaging 12.4 points, and Mouphtaou Yarou is averaging 11.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. As a team Villanova is averaging 73.6 points and they are shooting 41.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Villanova will need a big finish to have any kind of post season after the conference tourney.
It has been a miserable year for the Providence Friars but Ed Cooley’s team hasn’t quit trying despite their record. Providence is 2-9 in Big East play, 3-5 on the road this season, and they are in 16th and last place in the conference standings. Vincent Council is averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 assists, Bryce Cotton is averaging 15.2 points, Gerard Coleman is averaging 14.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, and LaDontae Henton is averaging 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. As a team Providence is averaging 71 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents shoot 41.3 percent. Providence can put points on the board but it has been stopping people and their inability to do so that has sent their season south.
Villanova is 6-18 against the spread in their last 24 Big East games, 3-15 against the spread in their last 18 home games, and 0-6 against the spread in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record. Providence is 6-13 against the spread in their last 19 Big East games, 6-15 against the spread following a loss, and 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record. The road team has covered in nine of the last 11 meetings of these two.
They better check the light bulbs in the scoreboard for this one as they should light it up and this one has no problem going over.