The national rankings are a pretty solid indicator of which teams are going to make a big splash during March Madness, but a lot is also going to hinge on how well the top teams do during Championship Week. An unexpected early exit could place serious seeds of doubt in the top teams, whilst rolling to a championship crown could well be seen as a sign that a team is primed and ready to make a run in the tournament. The Villanova Wildcats won the Big East regular season title in rather comfortable fashion, beating their closest rival by 3 games. They ended the season ranked #2 in the nation, and are the consensus pick to pick up the Big East Conference crown. Their first game in that tournament will come on Thursday afternoon versus either the St. John’s Wildcats or the Georgetown Hoyas. We will break down that match-up to try and figure out who Villanova will face, and then we’ll end this piece with a prediction for the Thursday game. Find the latest NCAA basketball point spreads here.
In Depth Analysis On The Wildcats Vs Red Storm Or Hoyas Free Pick, Odds & TV Info
When: Thursday, March 9 at 12 PM EST Where: Madison Square Garden, NYC TV: FS1 Live Stream: FOX Sports GO NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Villanova Wildcats
The Villanova Wildcats ended the season with a 28-3 record and the regular season Big East title, so it’s no real surprise that they are a big betting odds favorite to also walk away with the conference title at the end of this week. When you look at their potential opponents in the next round, you really don’t see much in the way of competition. The Wildcats played the Red Storm and the Hoyas twice each during the regular season, walking away with a combined 4-0 record. None of the 4 games were what you would call close, and you really get the sense that Villanova will have no problem handling either team when they hook up on Thursday.
Who Will Win: St. John’s Red Storm/Georgetown Hoyas
It was home court advantage that came into play in the regular season series between these two teams, with each of them winning in their own building to split the series. The Hoyas won in blowout style when they host the Red Storm, whereas St. John’s were forced to battle to the end to win their home tilt in this series. That would very much appear to swing things in the favor of Georgetown in this meeting, although neither team impressed in their final runs to end the regular season. Combined, these two teams managed only 4 total wins in their last 8 games of the season. This will be another close one, but I think it will be the Hoyas who come away with the win.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
No matter who moved on, the team that wins will likely be nothing more than sacrificial lambs for Villanova. I have them going up against the Georgetown Hoyas, which should mean a comfortable win for the Wildcats.