Villanova vs Virginia College Hoops Lines Preview

Posted by Kenny Bell on December 18, 2015 in

It’s not very often that we get a match-up between high ranking teams this early in the NCAA Basketball betting season, but we have a great one on tap for Saturday, December 19. The #12 ranked Villanova Wildcats will be making the trip to the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they will face the #8 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Tip-off for this one is set for 12 PM EST on ESPN2.

Villanova Wildcats Vs Virginia Cavaliers NCAA Basketball Lines Preview

This is one that might be too close to call, which is why it is always nice to have numerous betting options. Do the Virginia Cavaliers have the home edge with straight up, or do the Villanova Wildcats have what it takes to cover the spread? Will these two teams put on a display of shooting that will see them overhaul the point total.

Why bet on the Villanova Wildcats

The Villanova Wildcats have been impressive in putting together their 8-1 record on the season, but they must still be smarting over the 78-55 thumping they took at the hands of a ranked Oklahoma Sooners team a little over a week ago. That loss came at home, and the Wildcats have been excellent on the road, going 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road starts. They bounced back nicely with a huge win over La sale in their last game, and bettors are sure to like the fact that Villanova is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 games following a victory of 20-plus points. The OVER/UNDER in Villanova games this season is 2-6-0, with the Wildcats averaging 76.0 PPG, and giving up 57.6 PPG.

Why bet on the Virginia Cavaliers

The Virginia Cavaliers come into this one with the same 8-1 record as the Wildcats, but their loss was a little harder to swallow, going down 73-68 on the road at George Washington. The Cavaliers seem to be a better bet when they are up against quality teams, as they are 24-11-2 ATS in their last 37 games versus opponents with a winning percentage of .600 or better. They are also 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games versus teams with a straight up winning record. The OVER/UNDER in cavaliers games this season sits at 3-4-0. Virginia is averaging 76.3 PPG, and are giving up 57.1 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Other than rebounding, it is Virginia that has the edge in every other key area. You also cannot overlook the edge that the home team has in games of this magnitude. To me, all of that adds up to a win for the Cavaliers.

Villanova Wildcats 67 Virginia Cavaliers 71