Villanova @ UConn 2/24/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Villanova (15-11) at UConn (24-3)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at  8 p.m. EST (Gampel Pavilion)

Betting Odds: UConn -11.5 (-115) - Over/Under (133.5)

Pick: UConn -11.5 (-115)

Saturday night brings us to the Big East or a team on the bubble of the NCAA tournament, will travel to the New England region to play the defending national champions. As Villanova fights for the NCAA tournament in a regular season matchup against the Connecticut Huskies, who are ranked number one in the country at the moment. There should be a thrilling game between two original Big East members. As both teams look to keep the momentum rolling with the conference tournament and selection Sunday right around the corner. 

The Villanova Wildcats are not having a season fit for their standards, and this is a team that has won a couple of national championships within the last decade. Now they are on the brink of missing out on the NCAA tournament altogether unless they have a strong finish to the regular season and make a deep run in the conference tournament as well. They’re coming into this game with 15 victories through their first 26 games of the season and they are hovering around the .500 mark much like they have all year long. They come into this game with some momentum at the moment as they have won three in a row and four out of their last five, and they will look for a fourth consecutive victory here on Saturday.

They will need to get things turned around rather quickly and a victory. On the road against the number one team in the country would give them a huge boost going into the last week of February. Villanova has been rather average inside of conference play winning only eight out of 15 games which has put them on the outside of the bubble for the NCAA tournament. As they have been unable to compete in one of the toughest conferences in the country this season. Villanova has been solid on the offensive end of the court averaging around 72 points per game but they are giving up nearly 70 points per game on the season as well. They will need to clean up their play on the defensive end of the court, if they want to be successful in this game on Saturday night.

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Coming off of an insane national championship run the Connecticut Huskies have put together another incredible season. They have spent a solid part of of the year as the number one team in the country, and they will look to remain the number one team in the country with another victory here on Saturday night at home against Villanova. They are a near locked in number one seed for the NCAA tournament and they will look to win their second consecutive national championship this season. They are averaging over 80 points per game and they are only giving up about 65 points per game which has led them to plenty of success throughout the regular season.

If they continue to play the way they have throughout the majority of the regular season, then they should arguably be the favorites heading into the NCAA tournament as well. Connecticut will look to get one step closer to locking up a conference regular season championship with a victory here on Saturday at home as well. They have 14 out of their 16 conference games this season and they are on the doorstep of clinching the top seat in the conference tournament in the process. Despite dropping a game in blowout fashion to Creighton on the road in their previous game, they will look to bounce back and get back on track as they come into this one as double digit favorites.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- UConn is 14-0 at home 

- Villanova is 2-3 against ranked opponents 

- UConn is 24-2 as a favorite 

I look for this to be a close and competitive game throughout the early stages of the contest, but in the end, I do look for the number one team in the country to pull away and grab a victory at home. As I look for Connecticut to grab a win here in this game on Saturday night against Villanova and cover the spread in the process. As I look for the talent, gap and physicality of Connecticut to take over in this game against Villanova here on Saturday.

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