Villanova at Seton Hall Betting Preview, Selection, Odds

Game: Villanova at Seton Hall (-4)

Sharp: Dave Miller

Selection: Villanova (+4)

No. 14 Villanova (22-7, 11-5 Big East) travels to Newark to battle No. 8 Seton Hall (21-7, 13-3) at Prudential Center in arguably the biggest Big East game of the 2019-20 college hoops season.

The Wildcats fell victim to a red-hot Providence team this past Saturday in Philadelphia as Ed Cooley's Friars received 27 points from Luwane Pipkins en route to their fifth win over a Top 25 team in the month of February. Jay Wright's Wildcats lost 58-54 to snap a five-game win streak, and they look to get back on the winning track after a horrible shooting performance.

‘Nova endured one of its worst shooting efforts of the season, and it was clear that Collin Gillespie was not healthy after suffering a deep right thigh bruise against St. John's. Additionally, Saddiq Bey fouled out as the ‘Cats were held to their second-lowest point total of the year.

Meanwhile, Kevin Willard's Pirates need only one victory to claim an outright Big East regular-season title. They would like to earn it at home and not have to wait until a tough road trip to Creighton. Seton Hall took care of business at Marquette this past Saturday behind the strong play of junior forward Sandro Mamukelashvili, who scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to complement Myles Powell's 28 in an 88-79 win—a game in which the Pirates led by as many as 24 points. “Mamu” is healthy once again and is so valuable because he spreads out opposing defenses.

Powell is still the key to the offense, but he has struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 26.0 percent of his 3-pointers in conference play. As a team, though, the Pirates shot 13-of-26 from downtown against Marquette.

In the first meeting between these teams, Powell led the way with 19 points despite dealing with some foul trouble, while Mamukelashvili scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and Quincy McKnight added 14 to give the Hall its first win at Villanova since February 26, 1994. That was the Wildcats' last loss prior to Saturday's setback to Providence.

‘Nova is +4 in this rematch, and there's value there because Wright's bunch has played very well defensively as of late, holding five straight opponents to fewer than one point per possession. The ‘Cats fell to the Friars because they went 5-of-30 from 3-point range—not because they struggled defensively.

Expect a better performance from freshman guard Justin Moore in a game that should come down to the final moments. Oddly enough, all of Seton Hall's conference losses have come at home.


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