College Basketball Betting Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Villanova Wildcats

West Virginia Mountaineers
(23-6, 12-16 ATS)

Villanova Wildcats
(24-5, 18-10 ATS)

Back on a Big Monday in February, the West Virginia Mountaineers were handed an alarming 82-75 home defeat at the hands of the Villanova Wildcats. It was one of just two losses that the ‘Neers suffered in Morgantown all season. On Saturday afternoon, your college basketball betting day kicks off when these two teams duke it out for the second time this year. Both West Virginia and Villanova have dreams of joining the #1 line of the pending March Madness, but both know that there is plenty of work to be done to get to that point. The Wildcats are certainly in better shape right now, but they’ve lost three of their L/5 games SU, which has them reeling on the #2 or #3 line. West Virginia is right there as well, but at least it has won four out of five and is playing significantly better basketball.

Someone aside from F Da’Sean Butler is going to have to step up for West Virginia to walk out of the City of Brotherly Love with a victory. Butler is scoring 17.1 points per game, tops on the team in ’09-’10, but no one else is at 14 points per game or better. Fs Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks both need to continue to contribute both offensively and defensively. That duo is averaging 15.8 rebounds per game to go with the fact that they are the #2 and #3 scorers on the team respectively. Part of the reason that WVU is so strong is because it takes care of the basketball. It’s only averaging 11.3 turnovers per game.

The Mountaineers had better take care of the basketball and cherish every possession if they’re going to keep up with the Wildcats. Villanova is scoring 83.3 points per game this year, which is the best such point total in the Big East. Senior G Scottie Reynolds will be playing the final home game of his career on Saturday, and he is leading the squad in scoring at 18.9 points per game.

West Virginia forced 18 turnovers in the first clash of these Big East titans. It wasn’t nearly enough though, as Villanova took advantage of the Mountaineers’ pitiful 7/27 effort from beyond the arc to come away with a victory. Expect to see more of the same on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats are going to want to leave their home court for the final time in ’09-’10 as winners, and they should do just that with another strong offensive performance.

Selection: Villanova Wildcats

The Wildcats are 7-1 ATS in their L/8 NCAA basketball betting affairs at home against road teams with at least .600 winning percentages away from home. Diamond Sportsbook currently has a college basketball betting line of Villanova -3.5 for you to dig into right now!

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