Bet Villanova Wildcats Vs Seton Hall PiratesJosh Bailey
The second-ranked Villanova Wildcats will look to avoid the upset against the desperate Seton Hall Pirates when the two longtime rivals square off in their Big East battle on Saturday, February 18 at 12:30 PM ET with this affair airing live on FOX.
Now, let’s find out if the defending national champions can extend their winning ways to avoid the huge upset and remain on course for a No. 1 seed in the annual March Madness national championship tournament.
How To Bet The No. 2 Villanova Wildcats Vs Seton Hall Pirates
What: No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (25-2) at Seton Hall Pirates (15-9)
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Start Time: 12:30 PM ET
Where: Newark, New Jersey
Stadium: Prudential Center
Spread: NOVA -6.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Villanova vs Seton Hall
Why Bet The Villanova Wildcats
Villanova has won six straight and nine of their last 10 games overall and come into this contest off an emphatic 74-62 win over DePaul on Monday despite getting outscored in by eight points in the second half.
Jalen Brunson scored 18 points and Player of the Year candidate Josh Hart added 16 to lead a balanced attack while Mikal Bridges chipped in 15 points and sweet-shooting forward Kris Jenkins,13 points.
"We played a great first half and I was really proud with how we started," Wildcats head coach Jay Wright said. "I’ve watched DePaul all year. You’ve got to give them credit, in any game we’ve watched them, they don’t quit. They keep playing, and (tonight) they did."
Why Bet The Seton Hall Pirates
Seton Hall has won three of their last four games and picked up a fantastic 87-81 win over No. 25 Creighton on Wednesday night as Khadeen Carrington poured in a career-high 41 points to lead the Pirates to victory.
Carrington’s total was the most points scored in a Big East conference game this season and tied for the eighth highest in Seton Hall history. Carrington shot an efficient 10 of 15 from the field and 18 of 22 from the free throw line while scoring Seton Hall’s 10 final points of the game.
"It hasn’t settled in yet," Carrington said. "It should by tomorrow when I wake up and my phone is going off."
Angel Delgado added 17 points and pulled down a whopping 17 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season.
Villanova Wildcats Vs Seton Hall Pirates Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
With Villanova winning each of their last 10 meetings against Seton Hall, I fully expect the Wildcats to make it 11 straight by man-handling the overmatched Pirates in this contest.
Villanova plays excellent defense as evidenced by the fact that they rank 16th nationally in points allowed (62.7 ppg) and they have a legitimate superstar in shooting guard Josh Hart (18.7 ppg).
Villanova has failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight games, but I like them to cash in as a slight road favorite against the Pirates of approximately 6-8 points.
My final score prediction is Villanova 81 Seton Hall 70