Villanova (31-3) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (20-15) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary’s fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 16
Game Time: 7:10 ET
Venue: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
All You Really Need To Know About Villanova
(Big East) RPI: 1, 1 seed
It wasn’t always a smooth ride – okay, so it wasn’t a smooth ride against Butler in two losses – but the Wildcats are hitting their stride at the perfect time with Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, and national title legend Kris Jenkins getting it all rolling on the way to the Big East title.
The Wildcats are unselfish, smart with the ball, and accurate, ranking second in the nation in free throw percentage and seven in shooting – they can hit inside or out. They don’t block shots and there might be a few lapses at times on the boards, but that’s nitpicking – they’re obviously fantastic again.
All You Really Need To Know About Mount Saint Mary’s
(Northeast), RPI: 150, 16 seed
For a team that can’t pass a lick, Mount St. Mary’s did a nice job against New Orleans, moving the ball relatively well with 14 assists, while avoiding getting destroyed on the boards. The Mountaineers are very, very small, but they all but negated the UNO size with their quickness.
The only shot they have is to keep shooting the three. They might be miserable on the free throw line, but they’re good from behind the ark, hitting 10-of-19 in their First Four win. But ..
What’s Going To Happen
Villanova isn’t going to go 1-of-9 from three like New Orleans did – but it’s not going to need to bomb away to stay in the game.
The Wildcats are just okay on the inside, but they make every shot – or at least it seems like it – and they should be able to use their size and quickness to go on a big early run to put this away early.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Villanova 84, Mount St. Mary’s 56
Line: Villanova -26.5, 0/u:133
ATS Confidence: 2
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