Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Villanova Wildcats vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Free Preview 12/05/17

The No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs (7-1) take on the No. 4 Villanova Wildcats (7-0) at Madison Square Garden. The game will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Villanova Wildcats vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs ATS Prediction

In the Wildcats’ last contest, they blew out the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 94-53. The Wildcats, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.5, had a fantastic mark of 43.8 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.654 (above their season average of 0.573). Omari Spellman had a solid performance for Villanova, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bulldogs were victorious over the No. 25 Creighton Bluejays in their last game, 91-74. The Bulldogs made 19 of their 25 free throws (76.0 percent) and held the Bluejays to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.6 (below their season average of 26.1). Killian Tillie was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting.

The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the productive offense of Gonzaga takes on the elite defense of Villanova. Since the 2016-17 season, the Bulldogs rank seventh in offensive efficiency, while the Wildcats are 17th in defensive efficiency.

Villanova Wildcats vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Villanova, ATS Winner – Villanova, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Notes (2016-Present):

Gonzaga ranks eighth in rebounds per game (41.0) while Villanova ranks 230th (34.5).

The Bulldogs rank eighth in assists allowed per game (10.2) while the Wildcats rank 146th (13.1).

Gonzaga ranks 49th in blocks per game (4.5) while Villanova ranks 140th (3.4).

The Wildcats rank 63rd in three pointers attempted per game (24.0) while the Bulldogs rank 121st in three pointers allowed per game (20.5).

Villanova is 30th in the NCAA with 5.1 steals allowed per game while Gonzaga is 42nd with 5.3 steals allowed per game.

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