The No. 23 Villanova Wildcats (5-2) meet the Penn Quakers (5-3) at Finneran Pavilion. The game gets underway at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
Penn Quakers vs. Villanova Wildcats Betting Prediction
The Quakers will be looking for a similar outcome after beating the Long Beach State Beach in their last matchup, 95-79. The Quakers forced 16 turnovers, while the Beach had a free throw rate of 0.092 (below their season average of 0.247). Penn was lifted by AJ Brodeur, who had 11 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
In the Wildcats’ previous game, they beat the La Salle Explorers, 83-72. The Wildcats knocked down 23 of their 30 free throws (76.7 percent) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.545 vs. 0.477). With 19 points and 10 rebounds, Villanova’s Saddiq Bey played well.
There’s a decent chance that Penn struggles to create turnovers. Dating back to last season, Villanova ranks 74th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.3 percent), while Penn has forced the 214th-most turnovers (18.6 percent). Furthermore, the Quakers rank 328th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.178), while the Wildcats rank 54th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.190).
The Quakers won the lone contest against the Wildcats last season, 78-75. Penn had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (44.8 vs. 21.4). Villanova, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (15.5 vs. 18.6).
Penn Quakers vs. Villanova Wildcats Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Villanova, O/U – Under
Penn ranks 35th in assists allowed per game (10.9) while Villanova ranks 212th (13.5).
The Wildcats rank 45th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while the Quakers rank 216th (6.8).
Villanova ranks 70th in rebounds allowed per game (33.1) while Penn ranks 235th (36.2).
The Quakers rank 34th in three pointers allowed per game (19.5) while the Wildcats rank 158th (22.1).
Villanova ranks 17th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Penn ranks 85th (3.0).