Against The Spread Pick
Providence looks well out of the running in the Big East as they make a visit to Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to face the 12th-ranked Villanova Wildcats. The Friars have rattled off three-straight wins including two wins over top Big East teams Marquette and Seton Hall. Nova has won five-straight games since a three-game losing streak in early February. The Wildcats have won 18 of their last 20 games at home. Providence has just won win over Villanova in the last 10 head-to-head meetings. In their first meeting, this season the Wildcats escaped with a 64-60 victory as they covered the spread against the Friars for the third-straight meeting. Taking Nova at home to cover seven points is a good choice.
Over Under Pick
Both the Friars and Wildcats have had successful season offensively as both averages over 70 points per game. Providence was able to score 73 points or more in each of its last three games. Five of Villanova’s last six games have resulted in under totals. Two of the last three head-to-head meetings have resulted in 135 point totals or higher. This match-up features a 136.5-point total, which seems quite reachable for a pair of teams who like to score the ball. Take the over.