The eighth-ranked Villanova Wildcats (2-0) and their sensational offense welcome the 18th-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-0) and their tremendous defense. Action starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats ATS Odds
Both teams easily got past their last opponent. The Wildcats defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats 86-53, while the Wolverines beat the Holy Cross Crusaders 56-37.
Michigan dominated every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.340 and a turnover percentage of 13.2. Holy Cross had marks of 0.019 and 23.1, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Villanova dominated nearly every facet of their game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 51.3 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.559. For those same stats, Quinnipiac put up marks of 25.0 and 0.384, respectively. Villanova’s Phil Booth played well, finishing with 23 points and five assists. Michigan, meanwhile, received a boost from Ignas Brazdeikis, who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Wildcats won the lone game between these two teams last year, 79-62. Villanova’s rebounding was their largest advantage. The Wildcats had more offensive rebounds (12 vs. six), defensive rebounds (26 vs. 21) and total rebounds (38 vs. 27).
The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the prolific offense of Villanova takes on the stingy defense of Michigan. Since last season, the Wildcats rank first in offensive efficiency, while the Wolverines are 11th in defensive efficiency. Additionally, the Wolverines, who rank 288th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.206), will clash against the Wildcats, who rank 44th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.196).
Michigan at Villanova ATS Pick
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Villanova, ATS Winner – Villanova, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2017-Present):
- Michigan ranks eighth in assists allowed per game (10.0) while Villanova ranks 149th (13.3).
- The Wildcats rank 50th in blocks per game (4.3) while the Wolverines rank 137th (3.3).
- Michigan allows the third-fewest steals per game (4.0) while Villanova ranks 22nd (5.0).
- The Wolverines rank fourth in three pointers allowed per game (16.3) while the Wildcats rank 135th (21.3).
- Villanova ranks 113th in rebounds per game (36.5) while Michigan ranks 236th (33.9).