The No. 20 Villanova Wildcats (7-2) challenge the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (9-1) at Prudential Center. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 14, 2019, and will air on ESPN2.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens vs. Villanova Wildcats Betting Prediction
The last time the Fightin’ Blue Hens played, they were beaten by the George Washington Colonials, 66-56. George Washington’s 0.179 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Delaware, who had a mark of 0.102. The Colonials’ mark was below their season average of 0.265, while the Fightin’ Blue Hens’ was below their season average of 0.197. Nate Darling put together a solid performance for Delaware, putting up 12 points and six rebounds.
The Wildcats defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks in their last game, 78-66. The Wildcats made 20 of their 22 free throws (90.9 percent) and held the Hawks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.423 (below the 0.502 mark opponents have averaged against Villanova this season). Saddiq Bey was Villanova’s leading scorer with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field.
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the country’s premier offenses square off. Villanova ranks seventh with 113.6 points per 100 possessions and Delaware is 40th (108.8) dating back to the 2018-19 season. Moreover, the Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 33rd in turnover percentage (17.1 percent), while the Wildcats rank 272nd in opponents’ turnover percentage (18.2 percent).
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens vs. Villanova Wildcats Betting Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Villanova, O/U – Over
Villanova ranks 14th in assists per game (14.6) while Delaware ranks 145th (12.9).
The Wildcats rank 76th in three pointers attempted per game (28.9) while the Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 187th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5).
Delaware ranks 28th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while Villanova ranks 100th (5.4).
The Wildcats average 35.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 78th in the NCAA. The Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 102nd in rebounds allowed per game (34.3).
Delaware is 35th in the nation with 2.8 blocks allowed per game while Villanova is 45th with 2.4 blocks allowed per game.