Gonzaga Host Villanova as Slight Underdog in the College Basketball Lines

Gonzaga Host Villanova as Slight Underdog in the College Basketball Lines

Written by on December 4, 2017

Jay Wright’s fourth-ranked Villanova Wildcats will look to remain unbeaten when they take on the one-loss Gonzaga Bulldogs on Tuesday night in New York City at the Jimmy V Classic. If you want to know which team is offering the best value according to the College Basketball lines when this pairing of legitimate national title contenders gets underway on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM ET, then let’s get to my expert analysis and prediction, but don’t forget to continuously check the latest NCAAB betting odds because a change may present before the game starts.

Gonzaga (7-1) Host Villanova (8-0) as Slight Underdog in the College Basketball Lines

  • When: Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • NCAAB Odds: Villanova Wildcats -4

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Team Records

  • All: Villanova Wildcats (8-0) / Gonzaga Bulldogs 7-1
  • Home: Villanova Wildcats 6-0 / Gonzaga Bulldogs 7-1
  • Away: Villanova Wildcats 2-0 / Gonzaga Bulldogs 0-0
  • As Favorite: Villanova Wildcats 8-0 / Gonzaga Bulldogs 4-0
  • As Underdog: Villanova Wildcats 0-0 / Gonzaga Bulldogs 0-1
  • ATS: Villanova Wildcats 5-2-1 / Gonzaga Bulldogs 3-2
  • Over/Under: Villanova Wildcats 4-4 / Gonzaga Bulldogs 3-2

Why consider the Wildcats College Basketball Lines?

Fourth-ranked Villanova (6-2 ATS) took out in-town rival St. Joe’s 94-53 on Saturday to remain unbeaten as Mikal Bridges continued his excellent start to the year by putting up a team-high 18 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Villanova drained a school-record 19 three-pointers in the win while making 10 straight at one point.“I didn’t notice 10,” coach Jay Wright said, “but I knew we were making shots.”The Wildcats placed three other players in double digits and limited the Hawks to 32.8 percent shooting from the field to get the win as Omari Spellman added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Phil Booth had 17 points and eight boards.The Wildcats are now completely dominating their in-city Big 5 rivals, the St. Joe’s Hawks, La Salle, Temple, and Penn. The Wildcats won for the 20th straight time in the city series. They’ve won 19 of those games by at least 10 points and haven’t been defeated by a Philly team since Temple won on Dec. 5, 2012.“We’re now witnessing a blueblood,” coach Phil Martelli said. “That’s the way bluebloods do things.”The Wildcats have completely obliterated the five Philadelphia Division I basketball teams that dates to 1955 and has been defined by hostile, split crowds and last-shot theatrics. Martelli, the 2004 AP Coach of the Year, said the Wildcats were a credit to city hoops.“It’s terrific for the city that we have a nationally ranked program that’s in the top five,” he said.Villanova hasn’t faced a fellow Top 25 team yet this season, but it’s not their fault that the Battle 4 Atlantis went a lot different than expected.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 86.38
  • Field Goal Percentage: 50.51
  • Three Point Percentage: 40.58
  • Free Throw Percentage: 77.70
  • Total Rebounds: 38.75
Defense
  • Total Score: 61.62
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.42
  • Three Point Percentage: 30.86
  • Free Throw Percentage: 63.22
  • Total Rebounds: 30.75

Why consider the Bulldogs College Basketball Lines?

Gonzaga (3-2 ATS) has looked as good as any one-loss team in the country so far this season. The Bulldogs recorded a pair of quality wins over beating Texas and thrashed Creighton 91-74 on Friday night as Killian Tillie scored a team-high 22 points and both, Silas Melson and Zach Nowell chipped in an identical 21 points and the Bulldogs won the battle of the boards by 14 rebounds.Despite playing at home, Gonzaga is the Underdog at the College Basketball Lines for this Week.“A great, great win,” coach Mark Few said. “There was a tremendous response from our guys after the half, especially on the defensive end.”Gonzaga won the rebound battle 36-27, led by Killie’s eight. The Bulldogs were on the wrong end of a lone loss to Florida at the PK80, but they’ll have a great chance for some redemption against the elite Wildcats at Madison Square Garden in this affair.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 92.88
  • Field Goal Percentage: 51.15
  • Three Point Percentage: 39.72
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.59
  • Total Rebounds: 42.25
Defense
  • Total Score: 73.38
  • Field Goal Percentage: 39.61
  • Three Point Percentage: 38.66
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.00
  • Total Rebounds: 33.62

Latest College Basketball Betting Trends

  • Wildcats are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games
  • Wildcats are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Villanova’s last 6 games
  • Bulldogs are 22-3 SU in their last 25 games
  • Bulldogs are 14-1 SU in their last 15 games at home

Expert Analysis and Prediction

For this big Tuesday night matchup, I like Villanova to back their College Basketball lines, mostly because they’re a lot stingier than the Bulldogs at the defensive end of the floor and have a bit more athleticism than their counterparts in this matchup. Villanova limits the opposition to just 61.6 points per game while Gonzaga allows 73.4 points per contest.The Wildcats are getting some stupendous play from Mikal bridges, point guard Jalen Brunson, small forward Donte DiVincenzo and five-star redshirt freshman Omari Spellman, while four of their top five scorers are all shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field. While Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams are both having fine seasons for the Bulldogs, right now, Villanova will be too much to handle, even on the road in this one!Pick: Gonzaga 68 – Villanova 78
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