College Basketball Picks: Villanova Wildcats vs. Seton Hall Pirates

Villanova Wildcats at Seton Hall Pirates
Monday, 2/25/13, 9:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Villanova -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Villanova -4
Opening Total:  130
Current Total:  130
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Villanova Wildcats have won their last 10 games against the Seton Hall Pirates
The Villanova Wildcats have won their last 10 games against the Seton Hall Pirates

Villanova has won five of its last six games, including a 60-56 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles as two-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Wildcats now have three wins over top-25 teams in the country, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread Monday night.  The 60 points scored by the squad last time out was its fewest in tallying a victory this season.  Villanova is 0-3 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 2-1 in that situation.

The Wildcats will definitely focus on trying to knock down shots from the 3-point area, as they’ve gone 14-0 this season when sinking six or more triples in a game, while going 4-10 when failing to do so.  Villanova has three projected starters averaging in double figures, with forward JayVaughn Pinkston leading the way, scoring 12.6 points per game.  The program has won the last 10 meetings in this series, including an eight-point decision a season ago.

Seton Hall will try to snap a nine-game losing streak, which includes a 79-61 setback to the Louisville Cardinals as 18.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the posted total of 129.  The Pirates have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior guard Fuquan Edwin leading the way, scoring 16.9 points and grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game.  The team is scoring 65.9 points per game, while allowing 65.6.  Seton Hall is 0-2 ATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points during the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season.

The Pirates have compiled a 9-6 record at home this season, as they try to pick up their first win in eight tries in the month of February.  Seton Hall is 5-15 SU and 11-9 ATS during this particular calendar month the last two-plus seasons, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball betting lines.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 5-2 ATS mark in their last seven trips to Seton Hall.

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