Date/Time: February 7th, 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: FOX S1
The Big East conference in college basketball has been watered down since losing some of the great teams like the Syracuse Orange, but don’t tell that to the Villanova Wildcats. The Wildcats are the No. 6 team in the college basketball rankings and they will be a tough team to deal with in the NCAA tournament, but until they get to March they will have to prepare to face the Seton Hall Pirates
The Seton Hall Pirates may not be ranked in the top 25 of the college football rankings, but they are still a team to watch as they have managed to get 13 wins on the season. The Wildcats are on a roll and have another 20 wins as they have strived to be one of the best programs in college basketball in the last few years. The Wildcats reached 20 victories in 22 games, matching the second-best beginning in school history behind the 20-1 start in 2009-10. They are one of the toughest teams in the country and have a strong inside and outside game.
The latest college basketball betting trends reveal that the both teams have some positive wagering angles headed into this game. The Wildcats are 24-8 against the spread (ATS) in their last 32 games following a straight up win, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games when playing against a team with a winning road record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 when playing against a team from the Big East conference.
On the other side of the court is a Pirates team that has thrived in this spot. The Pirates are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when playing against a team from the Big East conference and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games when they face a team with a winning home record. In the head to head matchups the trends also favor the Pirates. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the Pirates are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Wildcats are double digit chalk and that is just too much to ask from this team as they will not be focused to face the unheralded Pirates. The Wildcats will win the game, but the final score will be much closer than the experts predict. The right way to bet in this game is the Pirates plus the points.
Free Pick: Seton Hall Pirates +13.5
Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.