The teams have split their last ten meetings both straight up and against the NCAA basketball betting line. Here is a look at this marquee game between Villanova and Pittsburgh on Sunday.
College basketball betting has not seen these two teams meet since last March when Villanova won a thriller 78-76 to make it to the Final Four. The last time they played at Pittsburgh, the Panthers came away with a 59-57 win in NCAA basketball betting. Usually when these teams meet the games are low scoring with eight of the last ten going under the college basketball betting total. That might not happen this time since Villanova has a potent offense.
This is a key game in the Big East standings as Villanova leads the conference while Pittsburgh is tied for third. The Panthers were not expected to be a great team this season in college basketball betting but they have been solid all year and will be in the NCAA Tournament. A win over Villanova would help their seeding. Pittsburgh is 6-5 against Villanova in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.
Pittsburgh can play defense so they could be a team that can slow Villanova down. The Panthers are first in the conference in scoring defense (61.6 ppg) and 3-point percentage defense (30.3 percent). The Panthers are led by Ashton Gibbs who is leading the team in minutes (35.8) and points (16.8). The Panthers don’t have much of an inside game but that is not the strength of Villanova anyway.
Villanova is 5-3 against the college basketball betting odds in road games this season. The Wildcats have gone over the NCAA basketball betting total in seven of those eight games. Villanova is second in the country in scoring so Pittsburgh’s defense is going to be tested. The Panthers are 6-4-2 against the college basketball betting odds at home this season. They have actually gone over the total in five of their eight home games that had NCAA basketball betting totals.
The college basketball betting odds on this game are close and the game has the potential to be a very good one. Villanova simply doesn’t win at Pittsburgh but they have one of their most talented teams ever so they could break that losing streak.