The #14 Villanova Wildcats will host the Connecticut Huskies in an inter-conference showdown Saturday afternoon from the Wells Fargo Center. The Huskies came up short in an 89-86 overtime home loss to Wichita State in their previous game, and the Wildcats outlasted DePaul for a 79-75 overtime win last time out. Villanova posted a dominating 81-58 home win against UConn last season.
UConn Looks to Avoid Fourth Loss in Last Five Games
The UConn Huskies head into this tough matchup a loser of three out of their last four games overall. They are coming off a tough 89-86 overtime home loss to #23 Wichita State to fall to 1-2 in conference play. The Huskies are a team that relies on their defense to win games and their shooting has been suspect.
Christian Vital netted 23 points in the overtime loss to Wichita State. The senior guard has surpassed 20 points three times this season and owns an average of 14.3 PPG and 6.8 RPG. Josh Carlton is having trouble offensively, shooting 30% or lower in three out of his last four games. The junior center is coming off a double-double and he is averaging 9.9 PPG and 6.9 RPG. James Bouknight tallied 16 points in his latest game. The freshman guard is having an encouraging season in his first DI action, posting 9.8 points on a stellar 49.5% shooting percentage.
CV for THREE!!! One-point game pic.twitter.com/GnvlypVF8e— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) January 12, 2020
The Huskies are positioned 80th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and own an 0-2 record in their two true road games. UConn is averaging 72.3 points on the season, ranking them 157th in the country. They are holding opponents to 64.8 points, placing them 78th overall.
#14 Villanova Topples DePaul, Seeks Fourth Straight Victory
The #14 Villanova Wildcats step outside of Big East play for this one. They enter this contest feeling good, winning three straight games highlighted by strong defensive play. The Wildcats did not cover the nine-point spread in a 79-75 home win against DePaul on Tuesday night.
Look out for Saddiq Bey in this game. The sophomore forward is hot, sinking a combined 12 three’s in his last two games which included 33 points against Georgetown. Bey features an average of 15.4 PPG on 51% shooting. Collin Gillespie is also in a groove, reaching 20 points in two out of his last three games. The junior guard has lifted his season average to 15.7 PPG on 41.8% shooting. Justin Moore is slumping, shooting below 24% in three straight games. The freshman guard stands third in team scoring with 10.9 PPG.
🎥🎬 WIN No. 1️⃣3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/KyHvYliLmx— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) January 16, 2020
The Wildcats have climbed two positions to #14 in this week’s AP top rankings and will likely improve their ranking with another win here. Ken Pomeroy has Villanova placed 26th in his ratings. The Wildcats have yet to lose at home where they are sporting an 8-0 record, and they are averaging 75.7 points, ranking them 86th in DI. They are limiting opponents to 67.6 points, placing them 145th overall.
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- 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight-up win.
- 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite.