Wednesday’s College Basketball Betting Previews: Villanova-DePaul, Creighton-St. John’s
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Phil Booth and Collin Gillespie
After a jam-packed evening of college hoops on Tuesday, which saw No. 3 Virginia squeak out a one-point win at NC State, six ranked teams are in action on Wednesday.
Zoning in on the Big East, No. 14 Villanova travels to DePaul before a battle of unranked teams in Creighton and St. John’s. Which sides present the most value? Let’s break them down.
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Betting Odds: Villanova Wildcats at DePaul Blue Demons
- Spread: Villanova -7
- Over/Under: 147
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS Sports Network
The Wildcats (13-7 against the spread) have covered in each of their past four contests with the Blue Demons (10-9 ATS) doing so in five of their past seven affairs.
Although DePaul covered on the road in their last meeting on Jan. 2, Villanova is much improved since. Jay Wright has turned the Wildcats into a machine from 3-point land once again, as they boast the sixth-highest scoring rate from the perimeter (42.7%) in the country.
The Blue Demons’ 3-point defense has suffered aplenty, yielding the 32nd-highest scoring rate (37.4%) from that vicinity. Expect Phil Booth (18.7 points per game) to have a monster showing from deep vs. a lackluster defender in Devin Gage.
At the other end, DePaul owns the Big East’s ninth-highest turnover rate (19.4%) in league play, including 18 of them at Villanova. The Wildcats are forcing conference’s fourth-highest turnover rate (18.2%) overall, and their ball-hawking style should translate in their rematch while leading to transition looks from deep.
According to our Bet Labs data, Villanova is 6-3 (66.7%) ATS as a single-digit favorite this season. They’ll continue that trend in Chicago.
THE PICK: Villanova -7
Betting Odds: St. John’s Red Storm at Creighton Bluejays
- Spread: Creighton -4.5
- Over/Under: 163.5
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- TV: Fox Sports 1