A five-game road winning streak is on the line for the No. 12 Seton Hall Pirates (17-5, 9-1 Big East) when they meet the No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (17-5, 7-3 Big East) at Wells Fargo Center. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Seton Hall Pirates at Villanova Wildcats Odds Preview
The last time the Pirates played, they defeated the Georgetown Hoyas, 78-71. Myles Powell was the game’s high scorer with 34 points on 12-for-24 shooting. Seton Hall’s 0.540 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Georgetown, who had a rate of 0.368. The Pirates’ mark was above their season average of 0.510, while the Hoyas’ was below their season average of 0.499.
The Wildcats are trying to rebound after their 79-76 loss to the No. 19 Butler Bulldogs in their last outing. With 28 points and six assists, Villanova’s Collin Gillespie put together a good game. Butler had an effective field goal percentage of 0.635 (above their season average of 0.526). Villanova, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 4.5 (better than their season average of 14.5).
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Villanova takes on the top-notch defense of Seton Hall. The Wildcats rank 41st in offensive efficiency, while the Pirates are 33rd in defensive efficiency.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Wildcats won two out of three games played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Villanova won 74-72. The Wildcats played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.358 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.519. For those same stats, the Pirates were 0.130 and 0.457, respectively.
Seton Hall Pirates at Villanova Wildcats ATS Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Villanova, ATS Winner – Seton Hall, O/U – Over
Villanova ranks 33rd in three pointers attempted per game (26.7) while Seton Hall ranks 109th (23.2).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.2, down from 7.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pirates have scored an average of 71.8 points per game (2.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.0 points per game (3.5 above their season average).