The Providence Friars will try to win 25 games in a single season in more than 30 years when they face the No. 11 Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday at Finneran Pavilion. Ranked No. 9 in the country, the Friars (24-3, 14-2 in Big East) have not won 25 games in a season since the 1986-87 team went 25-9 and reached the Final Four. The school record for wins is 28, set by the 1973-74 team. Meanwhile, the Wildcats (21-7, 14-4) will be looking to bounce back after losing their last outing against UConn.
Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. The Wildcats are favored by 9.5 points in the latest Villanova vs. Providence odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 134.5. Before locking in any Providence vs. Villanova picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Villanova vs. Providence spread: Wildcats -9.5
- Villanova vs. Providence over-under: 134.5 points
- Villanova vs. Providence money line: Wildcats -550, Friars +400
- NOVA: The Wildcats lead the country in free throw percentage (82.7).
- PROV: Nate Watson leads the Big East in field goal percentage (56.3).
Why Villanova can cover
Point guard Collin Gillespie is having another standout season. The fifth-year senior leads the team in points (16.6) and assists per game (3.0). He also is shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 42.6 percent on 3-pointers and 92.2 percent from the free throw line. In the Wildcats' victory over Providence last month, he torched the Friars for a career-high 33 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.
In addition, Villanova has performed well at home this season. The Wildcats are 5-0 in their last five home games and they've won four of the last five meetings at home against Providence.
Why Providence can cover
Providence has one of the most experienced rosters in college basketball. The Friars' top seven players -- Nate Watson (149 games), Noah Horchler (114), Al Durham (149), AJ Reeves (101), Jared Bynum (73), Justin Minaya (105) and Ed Croswell (110) -- have combined to play 801 collegiate games. The average age of those seven players is 23.0.
In addition, Providence faces a Villanova team that has very little depth. The Wildcats rely heavily on just six players who average at least 25 minutes per game. No one else averages more than 11, and just two other players average more than eight.
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