The fourth-ranked Villanova Wildcats will look to remain unbeaten when they visit the one-loss and 15th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs in an intriguing Tuesday night matchup pitting two legitimate national championships in one of the three games that make up this week’s college basketball picks of the week.
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Now, let’s find out which national championship title contender is going to get the win on Tuesday night, along with a pair of accompanying picks on two other matchups featuring four other championship hopefuls.
No. 4 Villanova (8-0) at No. 15 Gonzaga (7-1)
When: Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Fourth-ranked Villanova took out in-town rival St. Joe’s 94-53 on Saturday to remain unbeaten as Mikal Bridges continued his surprising campaign by putting up a team-high 18 points and pulling down nine rebounds while the Wildcats placed three other players in double digits in scoring and limited the Hawks to 32.8 percent shooting from the field to get the win. Gonzaga has won three straight and thrashed Creighton 91-74 on Friday night as Killian Tillie scored a team-high 22 points and both, Silas Melson and Zach Nowell added an identical 21 points in the convincing win and the Bulldogs won the battle of the boards by 14 rebounds.
For this big Tuesday night matchup, Villanova is the pick to get the win over the Bulldogs despite being on the road, mostly because they have the far better defense in this affair. Villanova limits the opposition to just 61.6 points per game while Gonzaga allows 73.4 points per contest. The Wildcats are getting some stupendous play from Mikal bridges, point guard Jalen Brunson, small forward Donte DiVincenzo and five-star redshirt freshman Omari Spellman, while four of their top five scorers are all shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field. While Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams are both having fine seasons for the Bulldogs, right now, Villanova will be too much to handle, even on the road in this one!
Pick: Villanova 78 Gonzaga 68
No. 9 Texas A&M at Arizona
When: Tuesday, December 5 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
The ninth-ranked Aggies have won seven straight games and are putting up 82.3 points per game (65th) while limiting the opposition to just 65.1 points per contest (56th). Formerly second-ranked Arizona has won three straight since losing three in a row to drop out of the national rankings and come into this contest off a narrow 91-88 overtime road win over UNLV on Saturday, although they failed to cover the spread as a 4.5-point favorite to fail to 1-4 ATS in the last five games.
The Wildcats will likely be favored in this matchup at home despite being unranked. However, I’m going to encourage you to go with a Texas A&M team that is the only ballclub in this contest that plays any defense. Arizona has given up a whopping 88 points or more in three of their last five games and just haven’t shown much effort at all on the defensive end of the floor. Texas A&M is locking down the three-point shot like you wouldn’t believe by ranking second in the nation in three-point percentage allowed (22.5 %). Arizona’s Allonzo Trier (23.5 ppg) will ‘get his’ but the rest of the Wildcats, won’t!
Pick: Texas A&M 78 Arizona 72
No. 6 Florida at No. 9 Cincinnati
When: Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 PM ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Sixth-ranked Florida nearly took out top-ranked Duke in their 87-84 home loss on November 26 to see their five-game winning streak come to a halt. Ninth-ranked Cincinnati was on the wrong end of an 89-76 road loss against No. 20 Xavier to see their seven-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt on Saturday.
I know the Gators are just mediocre defensively as they give up 80.7 points per game (308th), but when you lead the nation in scoring (99.5 ppg) and have four players that all average at least 13.2 points per game, plus another five that contribute between 4.2 and 5.8 points per game off the bench, it’s okay that you’re giving up 80 points per game. Cincinnati has just three double-digit scorers and none of them average over 13.8 points per game. Florida wins and wins big, simply because they have too much offensive firepower!
Pick: Florida 85 Cincinnati 77