Notre Dame vs. Villanova Betting Odds, Pick & Prediction: January 27th 2010
Big East betting action continues on Wednesday night in the City of Brotherly Love, where the Villanova Wildcats (18-1, 14-4 ATS) will put the top ATS mark in the land on the line against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-5, 7-6-1 ATS). The Cats clawed their way to an 81-71 victory at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon against St. John’s after trailing for the majority of the first half. Notre Dame held serve at home that same day with an 87-77 victory against DePaul.
HC Mike Brey once again will find himself on the hot seat at Notre Dame if he can’t figure out how to get the Fighting Irish into the NCAA Tournament. As of right now, the Irish probably haven’t done enough to get in the Field of 65, and it’s going to take a couple major conference victories to get the job done. C Luke Harangody is a beast on the inside, and he’s the only man who is going to have a chance of wearing down Villanova. The All-American is averaging 24.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, but he’ll need to do better than those numbers to lead the Irish to the upset on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats have yet to be defeated in Big East play this year, and they only have one loss to their credit in conference play against the college basketball betting lines to boot. This is a team that will fly up and down the court and do so with confidence behind its veteran leadership. G Scottie Reynolds can score 30 points on any given night to dominate a game, but what makes the Cats go is G Corey Fisher; he runs the point for HC Jay Wright’s fast-paced offense. Villanova is scoring 84.9 points per game coming into Wednesday’s NCAA basketball betting battle, the third best mark in the country.
The Irish are 5-2-1 ATS in their L/8 clashes with Villanova, but the Cats got the best of the rivalry in their lone meeting last season that saw them tally a 77-60 victory in South Bend. Notre Dame’s last trip to Philly was a memorable one, as it knocked off Villanova 90-80 in the middle of the ’07-’08 campaign.
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