No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers vs. No. 3 Villanova Wildcats

NCAA Tournament Betting Preview
No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers (31-4) vs. No. 3 Villanova Wildcats (29-7)
Saturday, 7:05PM Eastern betting line – Pittsburgh -2.5, O/U 142

The road to the Final Four is only one game away for two Big East Conference rivals out of the East bracket in top seeded Pittsburgh and number 3 seed Villanova. Pittsburgh has been one of the top front runners in the potent conference all season long and earned a number one seed in the tournament recently defeating Xavier 60-55 in the sweet sixteen. Villanova has been the biggest surprise in the tournament playing very solid and absolutely crushing the Duke Blue Devils in the sweet sixteen by score of 77-54. The Elite Eight grudge match will actually be a re-match from earlier this season when the Villanova Wildcats upset the Panthers handing them their biggest loss of the regular season 67-57. However, the first meeting means nothing as everything will be on the line this Saturday night as these two stellar teams continue their march towards a National Championship.

Pittsburgh has not been overwhelmingly impressive throughout their stay in the big dance. The Panthers unlike any other top seed have failed to beat any team by more than ten points despite making it to the Elite Eight. Pittsburgh is coming off a struggle of a victory over Xavier where the game went right down to the closing seconds. If not for a huge 3 pointer drained by Levance Fields, the Panthers would likely be watching this game on television this weekend. However, Pittsburgh will try to bounce back with a superb performance like they are so capable of doing. The Panthers have been stellar on offensive as well against the boards this season. Sam Young leads the scoring efforts averaging 19 points per game while the Panthers have averaged a strong 78 points per game this season that ranks in the top 25 for offenses across the country. DeJuan Blair is the big reason that Pittsburgh has been so strong against the glass this season and a big reason that the Panthers were able to beat Xavier on Thursday night. Blair’s defense stood out tremendously in the closing minutes of their win over the Musketeers. Blair has averaged 12.4 rebounds per game this season along with 16 points per game as well. These two standouts will be the biggest influence for Pittsburgh’s success and chance to reach the final four when they take on Villanova.

Villanova has emerged out of the darkness as a quiet number 3 seed and is making their voice heard as one of the top teams left in the tournament. The Wildcats completely dominated every aspect of the game against Duke playing terrific defense. The speed that Villanova possesses gave them a big advantage over Duke and will likely be the same against Pittsburgh. Junior guard Reggie Redding led the Wildcats in their victory over Pittsburgh earlier this season with 18 points. Dante Cunningham has been the most effective scorer all season for Villanova averaging 16 points per game while Scottie Reynolds has posted 15 points per game as well. The Wildcats surprisingly out rebounded Duke 48-32 in their big win on Thursday night and they will need a lot of rebounding help to get the edge over Pittsburgh who has been very strong on the boards this season. Villanova may be the underdog going into the contest, but they already know how to take down the Panthers. The question is will they be able to do it again?

Betting Trends…
Pittsburgh is 13-2 SU in their last 15 games while reaching the under in 4 of their last 5 games. Villanova is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games. In previous meeting between the schools, Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS over Villanova in the last 5 games while all 5 previous games have reached the under total.

Pick – Villanova +2.5

Mountain Real Estate Capital and Davidson Communities Acquire 43-Lot Project in Rancho Santa Fe. site rancho santa fe

Marketing Weekly News June 25, 2011 Mountain Real Estate Capital (MREC) announces the acquisition of The Vintage at The Crosby development in San Diego in a joint venture with Davidson Communities LLC. This represents the third acquisition made by the MREC/Davidson partnership in San Diego County. The value of the transaction could not be disclosed.

The acquisition consists of the purchase of 43 lots within The Crosby master plan community. The Crosby master plan is a gated golf course community approximately five miles east of Interstate 5 and five miles west of Interstate 15. The transaction closed June 1, 2011.

“MREC is extremely excited about not only the acquisition of another well-located project in Southern California but also the opportunity to continue growing MREC’s partnership with Davidson Communities,” states MREC Chief Executive Officer Peter Fioretti. “MREC continues to be impressed with the Davidson team and its ability to identify solid investment opportunities throughout Southern California. This represents our third venture with Davidson in less than ten months and we are already in diligence on several other projects with Davidson opportunities in other attractive California submarkets.” MREC and Davidson successfully closed on The Sentinels at Del Sur in San Diego in August 2010 as well as Fairbanks Country Villas in January 2011. MREC and Davidson are now actively building and developing over 150 homes and lots in San Diego County with total projected revenues exceeding $90 million with total committed equity capital of approximately $40 million.

“Davidson Communities has been building homes in California for nearly 30 years, and we believe The Vintage is yet another great opportunity to build homes in one the best performing submarkets in the country,” said Bill Davidson, president of Davidson Communities. “Our partnership with Mountain continues to grow as our respective teams collectively work to source sound real estate opportunities in this recovering California real estate market. We continue to aggressively seek opportunities throughout California.” Winner of an unprecedented 14 Grand SAM Awards – the most prestigious design award given by the San Diego Building Industry Association’s Sales & Marketing Council – Davidson will update existing architectural plans at The Vintage and expects to open models early next year. see here rancho santa fe

MREC Senior Director Tom Orradre adds, “This opportunity is a credit to the strong relationships and industry contacts that the Davidson team brings to our partnership. This was an off-market transaction that required a significant amount of diligence in a short amount of time. The Davidson team did an excellent job in its underwriting of this opportunity.” MREC continues to emerge as a leading provider of equity capital to homebuilders and residential land developers. Over the past 18 months, MREC has formed over 17 partnerships with private homebuilders, acquired over 7,800 lots and committed over $200 million to these joint ventures.

MREC’s homebuilder joint venture program is led by Managing Director Joel Kaul in Minneapolis. “This represents our third acquisition with Davidson in a great submarket in California. We believe we will be well-positioned as the California housing market recovers,” commented Kaul. MREC’s investment team has additional offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Calif.

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