Mt St Mary’s Vs Nova Pick & Final Score PredictionNoah Williams
6th-seeded Mount Saint Mary’s got an absolutely thrilling win in their First Four matchup on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers now face the tall task of trying to take down the defending national champion and top-seeded Villanova Wildcats when they square off in their East region matchup on Thursday night.
Before we ask the question if Villanova can repeat as NCAA Basketball champs, let’s find out if the Mountaineers can pull off the impossible by beating the elite Wildcats.
How To Bet The No. 16 Mount Saint Mary’s Vs No. 1 Villanova Wildcats Odds & TV Info
Mount Saint Mary’s (20-15) vs. Villanova (31-3)
When: Thursday, March 16 at 7:10 PM ET
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Odds: Nova -27
Why Bet The Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers Odds at + 27
Mount St. Mary’s (20-15 SU, 4-3 ATS) started the season 1-11 but has rebounded in a big way by going 19-4 since. The Northeast Conference champion Mountaineers picked up a thrilling 67-66 win over New Orleans on Tuesday night to advance to this contest.
Mount Saint Mary’s has won five straight and eight of their last ten games and got a team-high 23 points from 5-foot-5 point guard Junior Robinson to beat the Privateers on Tuesday night. Robinson scored the go-ahead jumper with 1:29 left and the Mountaineers got 17 points from Miles Wilson in the win.
"We needed a bucket. Coach told me to keep it, and I went and got one," Robinson said. "We’re living a dream right now. And in order to keep that dream going we’ve got to go out and compete against the best team."
The Mountaineers average a modest 68.3 points per game (289th) on 44.6 percent shooting from the field (161st) while allowing 68.5 points per contest defensively (83rd) on 45.1 percent shooting (239th). Mount Saint Mary’s is led by 6-foot leading scorer Elijah Long (15.4 ppg) and Robinson (14.1 ppg). The Mountaineers (20-15) say they have no fear of facing the defending national champs on Thursday.
"At the end of the day … we all play basketball, it’s the same size ball, same size net," said Elijah Long. "It’s who wants it bad. And Villanova is a great team and one thing they bring to the table is their heart. So we just gotta match that."
Why Bet The Villanova Wildcats Odds at -27
Top-seeded Villanova (18-15 ATS) is looking to become the first repeat champions since Florida won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.
The Wildcats have won five straight and nine of their last 10 games and blew away the competition en route to the Big East conference tournament title and capped off their tourney run by spanking Creighton 74-60 in the title game on Saturday.
No defending champion has ever entered the NCAA Tournament with more wins than Villanova and as everyone knows by now, a 16-seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed.
"This starts a new season," Wright said. "Whatever our seed is, whatever we did in the regular season doesn’t matter. We’re one of 68 teams. That’s it. And we get beat in the first round, we’re done. Let’s enjoy the finality of this, the pressure, let’s enjoy this, let’s embrace it."
Villanova averages a respectable 77.7 points per game (73rd) and shoots a phenomenal 49.7 percent from the field to rank seventh nationally while also draining 37.0 percent of their three-point attempts (81st).
As good as the Wildcats have been on offense this season, they’ve been even better in limiting their opponents to just 62.8 points per game (17th) on 41.8 percent shooting from the field (74th) and 31.2 percent from beyond the arc (24th).
Villanova has three players averaging double figures in scoring, but one of them is a National Player of the Year candidate in shooting guard Josh Hart (18.9 ppg).
Mt St Mary’s Vs Nova Pick & Final Score Prediction
Villanova has gone 6-0 ATS in their last six NCAA Tournament games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games and a bankroll-boosting 10-4 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games.
Not only has Mount Saint Mary’s struggled to a dismal 3-7 ATS mark in their last 10 non-conference games, but the Mountaineers just aren’t good enough at either end of the floor to deal with an elite team like Villanova.
My final score prediction Villanova 77 Mount Saint Mary’s 62