The Ohio Bobcats (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they square off with the No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (1-1) at Finneran Pavilion. Action gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
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In the Bobcats’ last game, they beat the Iona Gaels, 81-72. Jason Preston was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Ohio’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Iona. The Bobcats had a rate of 0.683, while the Gaels posted a mark of 0.491.
The Wildcats are hoping for a better outcome after their 76-51 loss to the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes in their last game. Jermaine Samuels led Villanova in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Ohio State had a better free throw rate (0.140 vs. 0.048). Villanova, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (28.3 vs. 8.3).
Villanova figures to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Wildcats rank 35th in offensive efficiency, while the Bobcats rank 149th in defensive efficiency dating back to the 2018-19 season. Moreover, the Bobcats, who rank 281st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.206), could have a difficult time getting to the line against the Wildcats, who rank 52nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.193).
Ohio Bobcats at Villanova Wildcats Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Villanova, ATS Winner – Villanova, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Wildcats average 35.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 166th in the nation. The Bobcats rank 197th in rebounds allowed per game (35.6).
Ohio allows the 11th-fewest blocks per game (2.4) while Villanova ranks 15th (2.4).
Villanova ranks fourth in three pointers attempted per game (30.0) while Ohio ranks 230th (20.8).
The Wildcats rank 48th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while the Bobcats rank 265th (7.6).
Ohio ranks 56th in assists per game (14.9) while Villanova ranks 204th in assists allowed per game (13.7).