Michigan Wolverines (2-0) vs Villanova Wildcats (2-0)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 6:30 pm EST
Location : Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats
The 18th ranked Michigan Wolverines will face the 8th ranked Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm EST at Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines are coming off a 56-37 home win versus Holy Cross in their last outing as Michigan cruised in the second stanza after going down by six at the half as they outscored the Crusaders 38-13 in the second half despite shooting 36% from the field for the contest. The Villanova Wildcats remain undefeated after their 86-53 home win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats as they shot 47% for the night while allowing just 34% for the Bobcats en route to the victory.
These teams last met on April 2, 2018 as the Wildcats picked up the 79-62 win in the NCAA tournament as the Wildcats dominated the Wolverines in every way while hitting ten threes compared to only three for the Wolverines. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Wolverines 38-26 for the game.
Michigan Wolverines's Latest Performance :
The Michigan Wolverines also remained unbeaten due to their 56-37 home win versus the Crusaders of Holy Cross on Saturday night as Charles Matthews led the team with 20 points while Ignas Brazdelkis chipped in 19 points along with seven rebounds on a night where the Wolverines shot only 36% from the field along with nailing only three of 19 three pointers. Nonetheless, they allowed the Crusaders to shoot only 31% from the field for the game while giving up just four threes to their opponent on this night. Thanks to rebounding, the Wolverines were able to control the pace of the game throughout while their defense continuing to lock down opposing offenses.
They look forward to applying the same philosophy versus a talented bunch in Villanova as they will be playing their first road game of the season while their last road game entailed them falling by 17 in the NCAA tournament last year to the Wildcats.
Villanova Wildcats's Latest Performance :
The Wildcats seem to have another potent squad that can not only put up points (93 ppg), but, can also play defense as they are giving up only 65 points to their opponent per outing. They are also allowing opponents only 40% shooting in their first two games of the season while also locking teams down from the perimeter in giving up just 28% from the three-point arc. Villanova allowed Quinnipiac only 33% shooting for the night in their last outing along with 23% from three-point range. They outrebounded the crusaders by a 45-28 margin while also having 20 assists compared to seven for the Bobcats in the win.
The offense for the Wildcats shot 47% for the game while nailing twelve three pointers. The team was led by Phil Booth with 23 points and five assists in the game while Collin Gillespie chipped in 16 points in the win. Eric Paschall also had 11 points and eight boards for Villanova in the win.
How Michigan Wolverines & Villanova Wildcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Michigan is 0-2 ATS while the OU is 0-1
Villanova is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 0-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an exciting game in that the Wolverines will look to make an early statement by scoring a win versus one of the top teams in the nation while the Wildcats will look to continue winning while falling underneath the radar as they often do on a yearly basis. With that being the case, look for defense to be the mantra in this game as both teams have a reputation of playing well in this area. In all, expect a competitive matchup throughout that will be low scoring as both teams will not want to give an inch to their opponent in any way.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Villanova Wildcats
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Wildcats in this matchup as they have the makings of yet another championship squad this year. Of course, Michigan is an up and coming team and will likely make some noise within the Big Ten this year, however, they are simply not on the level of Villanova at this point in the season. As stated, this game will certainly be exciting, however, look for the Wildcats to pull away at home over the duration of the game, thus allowing them to remain unbeaten while picking up their third straight win to begin the season.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as it was not only the play the last time these two teams met but has also been the play in four straight games for the Wolverines while being the result in three of the last four games for the Wildcats. In all, I happen to see this game as a defensive matchup as both teams will be looking to neutralize potentially dangerous offenses throughout.
Betting trends for Michigan Wolverines:
- The Wolverines are 1-3 ATS in last four games
- The Under is 4-0 in Wolverines last four games
Betting trends for Villanova Wildcats:
- The Wildcats are 7-1 ATS in Wildcats last eight games
- The Under is 3-1 in Wildcats last four games