Kansas vs Villanova 2019 College Basketball Odds, Game Preview & Pick

Kansas vs Villanova 2019 College Basketball Odds, Game Preview & Pick

Written by on December 20, 2019

The 14th-ranked Villanova Wildcats will look to pull off the huge upset when they host the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in an intriguing college basketball showdown on Saturday. With the Cats looking to remain unbeaten at home and the Jayhawks looking to remain unbeaten on the road, let’s find out which one of these teams is offering the best value against their College Football odds.

Kansas vs Villanova 2019 College Basketball Odds, Game Preview & Pick

  • When: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET
  • Where: Wells Fargo center, Philadelphia, PA
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: Kansas / Villanova
  • Live Stream: FOXSportsGo
  • College Basketball Odds: OFF / Total: OFF

Why Bet On Kansas?

The Jayhawks have won nine straight games including a 98-57 blowout win over Kansas City on Saturday. Sophomore forward David McCormack scored a team-high 28 points while adding seven rebounds in the win while sophomore guard Devon Dotson added 18 points.

The Jayhawks are ranked a stellar seventh in scoring (84.6 ppg) while ranking a stupendous second infield goal shooting percentage (52.9%). Defensively, Kansas is limiting the opposition to a modest 63.6 points per game to rank 71st nationally in points allowed.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 84.60
  • Field Goals: 52.86%
  • Three Points: 37.31%
  • Free Throws: 67.45%
  • Rebounds: 38.60
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 63.60
  • Field Goals: 37.97%
  • Three Points: 29.89%
  • Free Throws: 67.97%
  • Rebounds: 30.90

Why Bet On Villanova?

The Wildcats might be home dogs in this contest, but there are several good reasons to back Villanova to at least cover the chalk, if not, win outright. The Cats have gone a perfect 4-0 at home this season and 4-0 in their last four games including a hard-fought 78-70 win over Delaware on Saturday as five players scored in double figures, led by junior forward Jermaine Samuels’ team-high 18 points.

Villanova is averaging a solid 80.4 points per game to rank 32nd in scoring nationally. Defensively, the Wildcats allow 69.3 points per game to rank 196th in points allowed.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 80.40
  • Field Goals: 48.47%
  • Three Points: 38.10%
  • Free Throws: 76.84%
  • Rebounds: 37.30
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 69.30
  • Field Goals: 44.46%
  • Three Points: 35.07%
  • Free Throws: 65.93%
  • Rebounds: 31.60

College Basketball Betting Trends for Kansas vs Villanova

 
  • Kansas is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games.
  • Kansas is 9-0 SU in the last 9 games
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Kansas’ last 7 games played on a Saturday
  • Villanova is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Villanova is 7-1 SU in the last 8 games
  • The total went OVER in 12 of Villanova’s last 16 games
 

Kansas vs Villanova Expert Analysis and Prediction

Villanova might be playing at home, but the young Wildcats are facing an uphill battle in beating the red-hot Jayhawks in this contest. The good news is that Villanova is well-balanced offensively with four double-digit scorers while Kansas has three players putting up double digit scoring. Still, Kansas is the statistically better team in this matchup and they are more experienced and better in the frontcourt with Udoka Azubuike being the best big man on the floor in this matchup.

Villanova has won 15 straight on their home floor, but the Wildcats are also a winless 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games. Kansas is an awful 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games on the road, but the Jayhawks are also a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games. I’m going with the Jayhawks to get the outright road win, but if the spread for this matchup tops eight points, I like the Wildcats to cover the spread in a flat-out thriller.Pick: Kansas 81 Villanova 75
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