This Saturday will be the first in a long time without a football game. This weekend’s football is saved up for an explosive Sunday. In place of football we shall feast on a full slate of college basketball action. The first big game will feature No. 16 Providence traveling to Pennsylvania to take on No. 4 Villanova. Tip-off is on FOX this Saturday, January 23rd at 12:00 PM ET from The Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
What: No. 16 Providence Friars (16-3) at No.4 Villanova Wildcats (17-2)
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Stadium: The Pavilion
Game Total: N/A
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Providence vs Villanova
Bet The #16 Providence Friars Because…
Providence’s inside-outside game with guard Kris Dunn and forward Ben Bentil is tough to guard against. Dunn leads the Friars in assists per game at 6.7. Bentil leads the Friars in points per game at 19.2 and rebounds per game at 9.7. The last time that Providence played against Villanova in March of 2015, Dunn scored 22 points and dished 9 assists. Bentil scored 10 and grabbed 12 boards. The Friars lost by only 2 points, 61 to 63. Providence’s best guard and best inside player know what it takes to be successful against Villanova.
Bet The #4 Villanova Wildcats Because…
Villanova hasn’t lost since Dec. 12. The Wildcats have won 9 games in a row. The loss wasn’t a terrible one as Villanova faced top ACC team Virginia on Dec. 12 in Virginia. Since then, the Wildcats have beaten Xavier, Butler, Marquette and Georgetown. Villanova averages 75.6 points per game while allowing 60.6 points per. The Wildcats average 46.6% from the field while allowing only 37.9% from the field on defense.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Villanova just has what it takes this season. Jay Wright really has his team playing well. I expect the Wildcats to field a serious Final Four contender come March. But, were still in January.
The Wildcats have been playing at such a high-level that they’re probably due for a letdown. Villanova almost lost to Seton Hall in a 72 to 71 road victory against the Pirates on Jan. 20. Plus, Villanova hasn’t covered the spread in 3 straight. Both the tough win against Seton Hall and the 3 straight non covers are signs that Villanova might be in for an upset loss on Saturday facing a Providence team that knows how to be successful against them.
My final score prediction is Providence 73, Villanova 71.