Villanova Wildcats NIT Tournament Betting Lines

Villanova Wildcats NCAA Basketball Betting

Villanova Wildcats NCAA Basketball Betting

In his second season as head coach of the Villanova Wildcats, Kyle Neptune was marginally better than he was in a tough rookie season of on-the-job training. Neptune’s predecessor, the legendary Nova GOAT Jay Wright, seemed to have gotten out while the getting was good. Wright was tired of the transfer portal and NIL issues and decided to become a TV star. Neptune has not been able to maintain Wright’s level of excellence. Villanova did boast one of the better defenses in college basketball but its offense was under par, which is indicative of weak recruiting.

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2024 Villanova Wildcats Betting Odds

VCU Rams +6.5

Villanova Wildcats -6.5

Total: 130.5

Money Line: VCU +234, Villanova -285

Villanova Wildcats Next Matchup

On Wednesday, March 20, 2024, the Villanova Wildcats of the Big East Conference will face the VCU Rams of the Atlantic 10 Conference at Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, PA. Tipoff Time is 9 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN2.

VCU Rams Team Overview

Overall, the VCU Rams are 19-12 straight up, 18-12-1 against the spread, and 15-16 over/under the total. VCU has national metrics of 223rd for scoring offense, 205th for field goal percentage, 50th for 3-point field goal percentage, 10th for free throw percentage, and 164th for offensive rebounding. While defensively, VCU is 62nd for scoring defense, 37th for field goal percentage permitted, 49th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 54th for defensive rebounding.

Late on, VCU has covered three of its previous four games. VCU has gone under the total in five of its last six outings. First among VCU scorers is G Max Shulga, with 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. G Joe Bamisile brings 13.7 points per contest. And then G Zeb Jackson averages 11.6 points per outing.

Villanova Wildcats Team Overview

Overall, the Villanova Wildcats are 17-14 straight up, 17-14 against the spread, and 11-20 over/under the total. Villanova has national metrics of 257th for scoring offense, 286th for field goal percentage, 164th for 3-point field goal percentage, 1st for free throw percentage, and 240th for offensive rebounding. While defensively, Villanova is 21st for scoring defense, 40th for field goal percentage permitted, 119th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 113th for defensive rebounding.

Late on, Villanova has covered two of its previous seven games. Villanova has gone under the total in nine of its last ten outings. First among Villanova scorers is F Eric Dixon, with 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Last year, rookie Villanova head coach Kyle Neptune had the daunting task of taking over for Jay Wright. Villanova was a top-tier national championship favorite under Wright and held in the same esteem by the masses with such teams as the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Duke Blue Devils, Purdue Boilermakers, Baylor Bears, Kansas Jayhawks, Auburn Tigers, Arizona Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats, and UCLA Bruins.

The Villanova Wildcats have a total of six Final Four appearances, three of them since 2009 under Jay Wright. They have three national championships, won in 1985 under Rollie Massimino and then in 2016 and 2018 under Wright. Also, Villanova was runner-up in 1971. The Wildcats program has had some of the biggest coaching personalities that the game has ever seen.

With movie-star good looks and suits that fit the part, Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright was one of the most recognizable figures in college basketball. Most important of all, Wright was one of the biggest winners in the sport. Wright has transformed Villanova into a perennial national power and a “new money” blue-blood college hoops. Villanova has a long and proud basketball tradition but has never won at the level that Wright produced.

Jay Wright was hired to get Villanova back to March Madness success, and he has done that in spades. He was an understudy to Massimino and knew what it would take to get Nova to glory.

Latest NCAA Tournament Results

2022 Lost Final Four vs. (3) Kansas, 65–81
2021 Lost Sweet Sixteen vs. (3) Baylor, 51–62
2019 Lost Second Round vs. (13) Purdue, 61–87
2018 Won National Championship vs. (8) Michigan, 79–62
2017 Lost Second Round vs. (25) Wisconsin, 62–65
2016 Won National Championship vs. (3) North Carolina, 77–74
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