Texas vs. Villanova Pick and Preview
- Updated: December 9, 2008
College Basketball Betting Preview
Texas (6-1) vs. Villanova (8-0)
Tuesday, 9:00 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Texas – 3 , Total TBA
Two Top 20 teams get together on Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden as #15 Villanova takes on #6 Texas. Villanova is unbeaten to start the season but really hasn’t been tested. “We’re 8-0, who knows what that means? Thirty teams could be better,” Villanova coach Jay Wright, “We could talk about it all we want. We’re going to know where we are.” The Wildcats will get a serious test on Tuesday night against a Texas team that is in the Top 10. “A lot of people say we haven’t really had a test, we haven’t really played anybody,” said Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, “I think every time we step on the floor we have the mind-set that we’re playing for each other, we’re playing for our coaches.” SBG Global reports that early College basketball line has the public taking Texas on the Road.
Texas comes into the game at 6-1 but unlike Villanova, they have already been tested. The Longhorns lost to Notre Dame 81-80 in the Maui semifinals and defeated #12 UCLA last week. A.J. Abrams hit five 3-pointers and finished with 31 points in the win over UCLA. “Coming back from the Notre Dame and winning one like this was big for us,” Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said. “Our guys made plays at the end. When we get settled into our defense, we’re a pretty hard team to score against. … We talked about going out there to scrap.”
Texas and Villanova have only met once in history and that was three years ago when Texas won 58-55. Here are the College Basketball betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Longhorns are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games. The Longhorns are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Big East.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Big 12.
SBG Global Current Line: Texas – 3 , Total TBA
The Over is 5-1 in the Longhorns last 6 road games. The Over is 8-3 in the Longhorns last 11 vs. the Big East. The Under is 4-0 in the Wildcats last 4 non-conference games. The Under is 4-0 in the Wildcats last 4 vs. the Big 12. The Under is 4-1 in the Wildcats last 5 Tuesday games. The Under is 20-7-1 in the Wildcats last 28 overall.
Pick: Nova +3 2 out of 5 units
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