DePaul

Villanova

PICKS


DEP Point Spread
-110



Over Game Totals
-110

Against The Spread Pick

The Blue Demons may have only won a handful of Big East games, but they sure put a dent in Xavier’s tournament hopes when they upset them 71-67 in the first round of the Big East tournament. Now taking on the 2nd seeded Villanova Wildcats will be a much tougher test if they want to continue their run in the Big East. DePaul lost to Villanova twice this season, once by four points and the other time by 20. Whether or not they can bring the same intensity remains to be seen. The Wildcats ended their season on a two-game win streak, so they should be feeling good, but they cannot get complacent. We have already seen plenty of upsets in March and Villanova do not want to go into the Big Dance with a bad taste in their mouth. I actually expect DePaul to come out fired up after their upset win and while I do not really want to bet this game, I would lean to the Blue Demons to keep this game closer than most people think.

Over Under Pick

DePaul may have played a solid defensive game against Xavier, holding them to 67 points on Wednesday night. However, Villanova can be deadly, especially if they are knocking down their three-point shots. That is the problem though for the Wildcats, if they are not making threes, they are not making anything. That is my worry with backing an over. I also do not like an under play because in these tournament games, teams play until the clock hits 0:00, which means unnecessary fouling at the end of a game. The over cashed in both meetings this season between these two teams and that is where I will lean in this one as well.