Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Big East Conference matchup at the Wells Fargo Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Creighton had its 10-game winning streak snapped in a suffering a 81-68 defeat to the Providence Friars as four-point road favorites last Saturday, as leading scorer Doug McDermott failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time during the 2013-14 campaign.
The senior forward is capable of bouncing back in a big way, as McDermott ranks 25th in NCAA history with 2,665 career points.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 4-4 SUATS as underdogs, with the UNDER going 6-1 in that situation.
Villanova has rattled off five consecutive victories since suffering its only loss of the season at Syracuse on Dec. 18, as it comes off a 88-62 win over the DePaul Blue Demons as 17-point home favorites last Saturday.
The Wildcats have outscored opponents in the second half in 14 of 17 games, while their bench has accounted for 13.2 of the team’s +16.1-point scoring margin.
College basketball handicappers will find that the squad is a dominating 30-5 SU and 22-12-1 ATS as favorites since the start of the 2011-12 season.
A bad situation
The Bluejays are going to receive a good amount of action as underdogs, but it’s important to point out that they’ve dropped their last 25 true road games versus ranked opponents.
Creighton is a dismal 18-118 SU all-time against teams that are nationally-ranked in the AP poll.
Change of venue
The Wildcats will be making their first appearance at the Wells Fargo Center in 2013-14, as they won all three games at the venue a season ago.
Villanova upended a trip of top-five teams at this facility during the 2012-13 campaign—picking up wins over Georgetown, Louisville and Syracuse.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wildcats with their NCAA Basketball picks, as they’ve gone 23-8 ATS in their last 31 games versus teams with a winning record.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Villanova Wildcats -6