How To Bet The Oklahoma vs Villanova March Madness Spread
On Saturday night, the Villanova Wildcats and the Oklahoma Sooners meet in the first Final Four semifinal in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Wildcats (33-5) are the #2 seed in the South region, and the Sooners (29-7) are the #2 seed in the West region. In December, the Sooners knocked off Villanova, 78-55. However, don’t let that skew your view on the game. Villanova senior Ryan Arcidiacono is shooting 58 percent from downtown during this tournament, Jordan Woodard is averaging 16.8 points per game, and Kris Jenkins is posting 15.3. The Wildcats also have a salty defense that limited Kansas to just 59 points and only allows 63.6 per game.
How To Bet The Oklahoma Sooners vs Villanova Wildcats March Madness Spread
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016, 6:09 PM ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Radio: Westwood One Sports
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Villanova (-2)
Why should you bet on the Sooners?
The Sooners have a high-octane offense, averaging over 80 points per game all year long. However, the Sooners’ fortunes begin and end with Buddy Hield, who dropped 37 points on the Oregon Ducks in their Elite Eight matchup. Those points marked the most by any player in an Elite Eight game since 1990, and his eight three-pointers were a school record in an NCAA tournament game. He has shot 50.4 percent from the floor all year long, and he is #1 in the nation with 146 made three-point shots. Do you know the only player who has scored more points over a four-game run in the NCAA tournament? You might have heard of him — Steph Curry, from Davidson. And just in case Hield starts the game cold, the Sooners as a team shot 42.8 percent from downtown over the season.
Why should you put your money on Villanova?
Villanova has not lost since a Big East setback at Xavier in the second half of the conference schedule near the tail end of the regular season. One big reason is junior guard Josh Hart. He has written a strong resume for national Player of the Year, with 15.3 points per game all season and 6.7 rebounds. He took 25 percent of the team’s shots this season, and his percentage inside the arc is a mind-boggling 58.8 percent. He has eight games with double figures in rebounds, and he is a key cog in the pesky backcourt defense that the Wildcats have played all season long.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
No team has won more games over the past three seasons than Villanova (95). This senior class has piled up 115 wins over the past four seasons. I like the Villanova defense to slow down the Sooner attack, and the Wildcats’ halfcourt offense will grind Oklahoma down. I’m predicting a 75-70 Villanova win.