2018 March Madness Betting Analysis: Villanova vs. West Virginia

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 21, 2018 in

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Villanova Wildcats are set to square off Friday in the first game of two played at the TD Garden in Boston. The 5th seeded Mountaineers are looking to upset the top-ranked team remaining in the tournament. Bob Huggins and his Mountaineers are 26-10 with tournament victories over Murray State and Marshall but come into this contest as the March Madness Betting underdog.

The Villanova Wildcats have won two easy games over Radford and Alabama to this point. The Wildcats scored 84 points per game in those two wins. The Wildcats are 32-4 on the season and finished second in the Big East standings. Villanova comes into this game -5 over West Virginia on Friday.

2018 March Madness Betting Analysis: Villanova vs. West Virginia

  • When: Friday, 7:27 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston
  • TV: TBS
  • Stream: March Madness Live
  • Radio: Tunein.com
  • March Madness Betting Lines: Villanova -5.5

Villanova Dangerous in March

The Wildcats are the team many feels is the best overall team in the country. Villanova has won 7 straight games, since their loss at Creighton in February. Jalen Brunson is the top scorer for the Wildcats with 19.1 per game. Brunson, who was part of the national title team in 2016 also leads the team with 4.7 assists per game.

Jay Wright is looking to get his Wildcats back to the NCAA Final Four for the 6th time in school history. This is the 38th time that the Wildcats have been in the big dance, and they are seeking their 6th trip to the Final Four. Villanova has two titles, back in 1985 and then recently in 2016.

West Virginia Looking to Pressure Wildcats

Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers have looked great in their first two tournament wins. The Mountaineers are scoring 89.5 points per game after scoring 80.2 per game in the regular season. The Mountaineers are known for their pressure defense. West Virginia allowed teams to score 69 points per game.

West Virginia comes in as the March Madness Betting underdog against Villanova.

Javon Carter is scoring 17.4 points per game and dishing out 6.6 assists per game. The Mountaineers finished second in the Big 12 and lost in the title game of the Big 12 Tournament. West Virginia was swept in three meetings against the Kansas Jayhawks and split the two games against Texas Tech.

Latest March Madness Betting Trends

  • WVU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
  • Mountaineers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
  • West Virginia is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win.
  • Mountaineers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big East.
  • Villanova is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games.
  • Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
  • Villanova is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games.
  • Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points

Mountaineers Stun Wildcats in Boston

What a game this should be. Boston is getting their money worth with these two teams. The Mountaineers are going to want to pressure the daylights out of Villanova. The Villanova guards are good but have they been pressured like this before. That’s what we will find out in this game on Friday.

When you go to bet the game, right now, it’s tough to bet against the red-hot Mountaineers. Look for West Virginia to score a bunch of points off pressure, and come away with an upset. The final bet for this game is the West Virginia Mountaineers +5 over the Villanova Wildcats on Friday.