The top-ranked Villanova Wildcats are an absolute lock to beat the lowly DePaul Blue Demons when they square off in their Big East rival on Tuesday night. Having said that, what college basketball bettors everywhere need to know is how much the Cats are going to win by and whether it will be enough to cover what should be a big college basketball betting point spread. Let’s find out.
How To Bet The No. 1 Villanova vs. DePaul NCAAB Odds & TV Info
When: Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 PM ET
Where: The Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet The DePaul Blue Demons
DePaul (9-19 SU, 9-17 ATS) has lost seven of their last nine games including their emphatic 87-66 beatdown at the hands of Providence on Saturday. Eli Cain scored a team-high 22 points for the Blue Demons while Darrick Wood added 10 points. Unfortunately, the Demons allowed Providence guard Ben Bentil to score a game-high 28 points while trailing almost the entire second half by double digits.
DePaul has gone 1-5 ATS in their last six games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Why Bet The Villanova Wildcats
Because the Wildcats (25-4 SU, 14-13-1 ATS) are superior in every phase of the game. Villanova has won eight of its last nine games and bounced back nicely from their heartbreaking 90-83 loss against No. 5 Xavier on Wednesday to beat Marquette 89-79 on Saturday and cash in as 8.5-point road favorites.
“We couldn’t dwell on the past,” forward Daniel Ochefu said. “Everybody … did a good job of making sure we moved on to our next challenge.”Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart both scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats to victory. “Tough, tough Big East game. It would seem that we would be disappointed in how sloppy we played and the turnovers but Marquette is the best in our league at turning people over,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Villanova has won each of the last 10 meetings against the Blue Demons including their 86-59 smackdown of their conference rivals on February 9 as a 14.5-point road favorite. This time around, Villanova should be favored by somewhere around 16-8 points, if not more. No matter, I believe the Cats will get the cover anyway.
The Blue Demons have gone 1-5 ATS in their last half-dozen games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games while Villanova has gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
The Wildcats are also an insane 40-19 ATS in their last 59 home games while the favorite in this series is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
My final score prediction: Villanova 82 DePaul 62