Seton Hall at Villanova Spread, ATS Pick & TV CoverageJosh Bailey
The 6th-ranked Villanova Wildcats are a whopping, yet expected 16 point favorites over the Seton Hall Pirates when the game tips tonight at 7:00 PM at The Pavilion.
Analyzing The Seton Hall at Villanova Spread, My ATS Pick & TV Coverage
Matchup: Seton Hall Pirates at (6) Villanova Wildcats
Date: Feb. 16, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Stadium: The Pavilion (Villanova)
TV Info: FOXS1
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: Seton Hall Vs Villanova
Point Spread: Villanova Wildcats -16
Seton Hall Will Cover the 16-point Spread If
The Pirates can play the same great defense in this game as they did the last time they faced Villanova.
In order to upset Villanova again, Seton Hall is going to have to be as terrific on the defense end against the Wildcats this time around as they were in the first matchup between these two. Seton Hall pushed Villanova into overtime in the first game before beating the Wildcats 66 to 61.
— Seton Hall MBB (@SetonHallMBB) February 16, 2015
In that contest, the Pirates held the talented Wildcats to 31% shooting from the field. Villanova took 58 shots from the field in that game. They hit only 18 of those shots. Seton Hall’s perimeter defense was very good as well since it held Villanova to 5 of 24 for 20.8%. The Pirates also grabbed 27 defensive rebounds in that matchup.
Villanova Will Cover the 16-point Spread If
Villanova can convert their offensive rebounds into points.
One area where Seton Hall’s defense was lacking was in giving Villanova second chance points. Even though the Pirates grabbed 27 defensive rebounds, they also gave up 18 offensive rebounds to the Wildcats. Villanova just couldn’t convert those offensive rebounds into points.
Overall, Villanova out rebounded Seton Hall 47 to 38 in the first game. The rebounding margin should give Villanova backers plenty of reason to believe that their team will cover the spread against Seton Hall in this matchup. If ‘Nova had converted just a few more of those offensive rebounds into points, they might have beaten the Pirates in regulation instead of losing in over time.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 16, 2015
What Villanova should do is secure the board first and then get it out to their top player, guard Darrun Hilliard. Hilliard, whose averaging 13.3 points per game, can penetrate and dish or shoot the three. He’s that good of a player. If Villanova does that, they could walk away with a big straight up and cover victory over Seton Hall.