UConn vs Villanova Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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A pair of hot squads meet when the UConn Huskies (13-0, 3-0 Big East) host the Villanova Wildcats (7-5, 1-1 Big East) on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 6:30 PM ET. The Huskies are putting their 13-game winning streak on the line versus the Wildcats, who have won five in a row.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Huskies and the Wildcats sees the Huskies as a double-digit favorite by 12.5 points. The over/under is 136.5 points for the matchup.

UConn vs. Villanova Odds

Point Spread for UConn vs. Villanova

The spread for this matchup is set at 12.5 points, with bookmakers listing UConn as the favorite.

UConn vs. Villanova Moneyline

As for the moneyline, UConn has -861 odds to pick up the win, while Villanova is listed at +571 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 136.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, December 28, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • Location: Hartford, Connecticut
  • Arena: XL Center

UConn vs. Villanova Betting Trends

In the UConn’s 12 games this year, it has 10 wins against the spread. The Huskies have been listed as the favorite nine times this season and have come away with a win in all of those games. UConn’s games this year have gone over the total in eight out of 12 opportunities (66.7%).

Villanova is 4-8-0 against the spread this year. The Wildcats have been the moneyline underdog only one other time so far this season, a game they lost. Villanova’s games this season have eclipsed the over/under seven times in 12 opportunities (58.3%).

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UConn vs. Villanova Key Players to Watch

UConn

Adama Sanogo is tops on his squad in both points (18.6) and rebounds (7.2) per game, and also averages 1.3 assists. At the other end, he posts 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Tristen Newton posts 10.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest, shooting 35.2% from the floor and 34.8% from beyond the arc with 1.2 made 3-pointers per game. Donovan Clingan puts up 9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per contest, shooting 75.4% from the floor (fifth in college basketball). Jordan Hawkins is putting up 14.3 points, 1.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest.

Villanova

Caleb Daniels tops the Wildcats in assists (3.5 per game), and posts 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. He also averages 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Eric Dixon is the Wildcats’ top scorer (16.1 points per game) and assist man (1.6), and averages 6.1 rebounds. Brandon Slater gives the Wildcats 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. He also puts up 1 steal and 0.4 blocked shots. Chris Arcidiacono is averaging 5.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, making 40% of his shots from the floor and 41.9% from 3-point range, with 1.1 triples per contest.

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What you need to know about the UConn Huskies

Last season, 11 of UConn’s conference games went over the point total. It’s been a dominant stretch for the Huskies, who are scoring 83.6 points per game (19th-best in college basketball) and surrendering 58.6 points per contest (12th-best). UConn is pulling down 36.8 rebounds per game this season (36th-ranked in college basketball), and it has ceded just 26.5 rebounds per game (13th-best).

UConn is making 9.7 three-pointers per game (26th-ranked in college basketball). It has a 37.3% shooting percentage (61st-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Huskies are thriving in terms of defending against three-pointers, as they rank best in college basketball in treys allowed (3.6 per game) and 11th-best in three-point percentage allowed (27%).

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What you need to know about the Villanova Wildcats

Villanova won 12 conference games against the spread last year, while failing to cover or pushing 11 times. In 2022-23, the Wildcats are 194th in the country on offense (71.6 points scored per game) and 140th on defense (67.1 points allowed). Villanova grabs 29.8 rebounds per game and concede 29.8 boards, ranking 305th and 111th, respectively, in the country.

Beyond the arc, Villanova is 40th in the country in 3-pointers made per game (9.2). It is 154th in 3-point percentage at 34.2%. The Wildcats are 315th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (8.6 per game) and 272nd in 3-point percentage defensively (34.9%).

UConn vs. Villanova Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is UConn, and we project that UConn will cover the spread (UConn -12.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 136.5 points.

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How to bet UConn vs. Villanova

You can bet on UConn vs. Villanova at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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