Villanova National Championship Preview and Betting Odds
If you’re considering the betting odds on the top-seeded Villanova Wildcats in their national championship matchup against the Michigan Wolverines on Monday night, and you’re looking to gather as much information about Jay Wright’s team as they shoot for the second title in three years, then you’ve come to the right place!
Thanks to the insightful basketball betting analysis that you’re about to get on Villanova, you’re going to maximize your chances of cashing in on this year’s March Madness national championship.
Let’s get down to business.
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What: #3 Michigan Wolverines Vs. #1 Villanova Wildcats
When: Monday, April 2, 2018, at 9:02 P.M. ET
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Stream: March Madness
The Line: Villanova -6½ -110 | -330 | U 144½ -110
Villanova started off the season by winning their first 14 games. After suffering a stunning 101-93 road loss at Butler, the Wildcats then reeled off nine more wins to improve to 22-1. However, the Wildcats would then drop three of their next six regular season games by losing to St. John’s, Providence, and Creighton in a span of 17 days.
Ironically, that trio of losses appears to have been just what the doctor ordered as Villanova won their final two regular-season contests before recording three consecutive double-digit victories to claim the Big East conference championship tournament.
Now, Villanova heads into the national championship having won 10 straight games while winning each of their eight postseason games a mind-boggling double digits. The Wildcats pounded overmatched Radnor 87-61 win over in their NCAA Tournament opener, before handing No. 9 Alabama an emphatic 81-58 smackdown in the second round. The Cats then got past No. 5 West Virginia 90-78 in the Sweet 16 before taking out No. 3 Texas Tech 71-59 in the Elite Eight. Last but not least, the Wildcats looked absolutely phenomenal in dispatching fellow No. 1 seed Kansas 95-79 in their Final Four matchup on Saturday to improve to a spotless 5-0 ATS this March Madness.
Villanova ranks first in the country in scoring by putting up a stupendous 86.8 points per game while also ranking fifth in field goal shooting percentage (50.1%) and 12th in three-point shooting (40.1%). The Wildcats are also very good defensively as they limit their opponent to a modest 70.4 points per game and just 32.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc (34th).
Villanova has a Player of the Year candidate in junior point guard and leading scorer Jalen Brunson (19.2 ppg), a sure-fire lottery pick in lanky 6-6 swingman Mikal Bridges (17.8 ppg) and a five-star freshman big man in Omari Spellman that has been highly instrumental in Villanova’s success over the second half of the season. Oh, did I forget to mention that the Wildcats also have a trio of players that can all average double figures in scoring and can hurt opponents with their shooting from anywhere on the floor in guards Donte DiVincenzo and Phil Booth and forward, Eric Paschall? Brunson, Bridges, and Paschall all shot at least 51.2 percent from the field while DiVincenzo and Spellman both shot just over 47.0 percent.
Now, here is a look at Villanova’s key ATS trends this season.
Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
Wildcats are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten.
Wildcats are 24-8 ATS in their last 32 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Wildcats are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 games following a straight up win.
Wildcats are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 neutral site games.
Wildcats are 53-21-1 ATS in their last 75 non-conference games.
Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
Wildcats are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games overall.
Wildcats are 38-18 ATS in their last 56 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
And here is a look at the Wildcats’ key Over/Under Total trends.
Over is 10-1 in Wildcats last 11 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
Over is 13-4 in Wildcats last 17 games following a straight up win.
Over is 15-5 in Wildcats last 20 overall.
Over is 9-3 in Wildcats last 12 vs. Big Ten.
Over is 19-7 in Wildcats last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Over is 15-6 in Wildcats last 21 games following an ATS win.
Over is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 non-conference games.
Over is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 neutral site games.