The Villanova Wildcats look to bounce back from their first Big East loss when they host the gritty Providence Friars on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. ET. Villanova fell 66-65 at Marquette on Saturday when it was unable to get up a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. It was the first loss for the Wildcats following 10 straight wins to start conference play. Villanova won the first matchup between these clubs 65-59 on Jan. 5. The Wildcats are 11-point favorites this time around and the over-under for total points scored is 135.5 in the latest Villanova vs. Providence odds. Before you make any Villanova vs. Providence picks of your own, see the college basketball predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.
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The model knows the Wildcats (19-5, 10-1) will be eager to get back on track following their first conference defeat, and they now are just one game ahead of Marquette in the Big East standings. The defending national champs lost nearly all key contributors from last year’s title club, and the revamped roster suffered four losses in the first 12 games.
But behind the leadership and play of veterans Phil Booth and Eric Paschall, who was a hero in last year’s Final Four, the Wildcats stabilized and again appear poised to hoist another Big East title.
They can take plenty of positives from the one-point loss. Their offense was cold early, but a solid defensive effort prevented Marquette from pulling away. Villanova trailed by as many as 15 in the second half before it went on a run in which it hit six straight 3-pointers.
Villanova is 14-5 against the spread coming off a straight-up loss, but there’s no guarantee the Wildcats will cover Wednesday against a Providence club that has been a consistent thorn.
The Friars have covered on five of their past six trips to Villanova and fought to the wire before coming up short in the first meeting. They rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half to make it a two-possession game in the final minute, but missed their last two shots.
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