Delaware vs. Villanova Odds & Picks 3/18/22

by | Mar 17, 2022 | cbb

Delaware Blue Hens (22-12 SU, 15-17-0 ATS) vs. Villanova Wildcats (26-7 SU, 16-15-2 ATS)
When: Friday March 18 2022, 2:45 PM PM (ET)
Where: CONSOL Energy Center

Point Spread: Delaware +15/Villanova -15
Total: 135
Money Line: Blue Hens +950/Villanova -1750
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Key Injuries

Delaware Delaware has no reported injuries at this time.

Villanova Villanova has no reported injuries at this time.

Recent Form

The Delaware Blue Hens come into this matchup with an overall record of 22-12. On the season, the Blue Hens have performed well in their 13 non-conference games, posting a record of 9-4. In addition to their strong non-conference record, Delaware had strong performances at neutral sites, going 5-2. Heading into this matchup, the Blue Hens are looking to stay hot as they try to add on to their current 3 game win streak.

The Villanova Wildcats get set to host the Blue Hens with an overall record of 26-7. On the season, the Wildcats have performed well in their 10 non-conference games, posting a record of 7-3. For the year, the Wildcats went 7-1 at neutral sites. Heading into this matchup, the Wildcats are looking to pick up their 6th straight win.

For the season, the Delaware Blue Hens are averaging 73.2 points per game, good for a rank of 92nd in the NCAA. Defensively, Delaware is the 190th ranked scoring defense, allowing 70.3 points per contest. On the other side, the Villanova Wildcats are the 109th ranked scoring offense, averaging 72.6 points per game, while giving up just 63.1

Efficiency Outlook

Villanova enters this matchup vs Delaware, having played 30 games as the more efficient offense and defensive team. In these contests, they have posted a record of 25-5. Through 33 games, the Wildcats are averaging 77.0 points per 70.0 possessions (NCAA Average), compared to 74.0 for the Wildcats. In these situations, Villanova has an average scoring margin of 11.0 points. Until this point, the Blue Hens have not played a game in which they were the inferior team on both ends of the court. In terms of offensive efficiency, Villanova is averaging 77.0 points per 70.0 possessions (NCAA Average), compared to 74.0 for the Blue Hens.

For the year, the Blue Hens are well below the NCAA average in percentage of points from made three-point shots, sitting at just 30.2%. This is unlike the Wildcats, who have relied on made three-pointers for 38.4% of their scoring this year. In terms of efficiency, Villanova has been the more efficient team, connecting at a rate of 35.9%, compared to Delaware at 35.0%.

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Blue Hens are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games.
  • Blue Hens are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games following a ATS win.
  • Wildcats are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
  • Wildcats are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 NCAA Tournament games.

Joe’s Pick Against the Spread

I like the Wildcats to win, however, both teams play at a slow pace and +15 in this game is like getting +20 in a regular game. It’s the Blue Hens or pass.