NCAAB Sweet 16 Odds Report: Villanova vs Miami
On Thursday, the Miami Hurricanes and the Villanova Wildcats square off in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Hurricanes overcame a tough Wichita State squad (much tougher than their 11-seed would indicate), 65-57. Villanova simply mauled the Iowa Hawkeyes, 87-68, to qualify for the third round as well. Check out the latest NCAAB betting odds at MyBookie.
NCAAB Sweet 16 Odds Report: Villanova Wildcats vs Miami Hurricanes
When: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7:10 PM ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Radio: WQAM 560 AM / Miami Hurricane Radio Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Villanova (-4.5)
Why should you bet on the Hurricanes?
The Hurricanes showed their explosiveness by jumping out to a 27-6 advantage early on, but then they showed their mettle by coming back when the Shockers went up in the second half. Senior guard Angel Rodriguez went 9 for 11 from the field (3 for 4 from downtown), and he knocked down 7 of 8 free throws. He also dealt out five assists and swiped four steals, basically putting the Hurricanes on his shoulders against an upset-minded Wichita State team. They have shown similar inconsistency all season — following up a rout by North Carolina with a whipping of Virginia. If they are going to beat Villanova, they need the strong team to show up.
Why should you put your money on Villanova?
Villanova answered a lot of questions in their win over Iowa. They put 54 points on the board in the first half, going into the locker room up 25 points. They shot 59 percent from the floor, including 52 percent from behind the arc. Their ball movement made the Hawkeyes look like they were simply standing still, and they ended up overwhelming a team that had spent a lot of time in the AP top 10 earlier in the season. If they have similar offensive intensity against Miami, they should win.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Villanova to prevail against Miami, as they can match the Hurricanes on the boards and don’t have to rely on one offensive player. I’m picking the Wildcats to win, 80-72.