The No. 8 Villanova Wildcats (21-6, 14-3 Big East) visit the No. 20 Connecticut Huskies (19-7, 10-5) Tuesday at XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (FS1). Below, we look at the Villanova vs. Connecticut odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
The Wildcats have picked up five consecutive victories since a loss at Marquette Feb. 2, but ‘Nova has covered just once in its last four outings. Villanova posted an 85-74 win against the Huskies Feb. 5 in the first game after the loss to the Golden Eagles to kick off the win streak.
The Huskies are unbeaten in three straight games after a loss at Xavier Feb. 11. UConn snapped an 0-3 against the spread (ATS) skid with a cover against the Musketeers in a revenge game Feb. 19. The Under has hit in each of its last three outings.
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Villanova at Connecticut odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Villanova +115 (bet $100 to win $115) | Connecticut -140 (bet $140 to win $100)
Against the spread: Villanova +2.5 (-120) | Connecticut -2.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 135.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Villanova at Connecticut odds, lines, picks and predictions
Villanova 73, Connecticut 68
VILLANOVA (+115) is a solid play on the road at plus money.
The Wildcats have won five consecutive games and eight of their past nine outings overall. That includes an 11-point win over UConn in the first meeting.
The Huskies have posted three straight victories, but they’re still just 4-3 SU across their last seven games while going 2-6 ATS in the past eight. The Wildcats are a much better play straight up.
Against the spread
Villanova is a better play straight up rather than catching just two and a half points. Catching this little bit of points doesn’t make sense. Just roll with the money line unless you’re dead set that this is going to be a one-point win for UConn. PASS.
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The OVER 135.5 (-110) hit in the first meeting, and the Over has been the play for Villanova lately as it’s 6-2 in its last eight road games. The Over is even more impressive for UConn, going 25-11 in its last 36 games at home and 9-4 in the past 13 as a home favorite.
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