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Villanova Wildcats vs Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Basketball Betting Preview – March 18 2022

Villanova Wildcats vs Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Basketball Betting Preview – March 18 2022

Almost two decades ago, Jameer Nelson took the college basketball world by storm. This season, his son, Jameer Nelson Jr. is about to introduce himself to March Madness. But will he be able to lead the Delaware Blue Hens out of the first round via a shocking upset win over the Villanova Wildcats? Or will Villanova flex its muscle and advance? Check out our preview below of this Villanova-Delaware 2022 March Madness matchup.

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Betting Preview for the Villanova Wildcats vs Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens NCAA College Basketball Game on March 18 2022

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

When: Friday, March 18, 2022, 8:00 PM ET

Line: Villanova Wildcats (odds) vs. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (odds) – view all 2022 NCAAB lines

TV Broadcast: CBS


Betting on the Villanova Wildcats (odds)

Record: 26-7 Overall/16-4 Conference

Collin Gillespie is unlikely to be a star in the NBA, but in college basketball, every team would want him to be on its side. Gillespie, who is putting up 15.9 points per game with a team-best 6.6 Offensive Box Plus/Minus, is the leader of a Villanova team that is full of experience and coached by arguably the best in the NCAA today in the form of Jay Wright. The Wildcats bring a terrific offense and a solid defense to the tournament. They are eighth in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency and 20th in 3-point makes per game (9.3). Defensively, Villanova is allowing only 63.1 points per contest and is 11th in Division 1 with a 6.3 steals rate. That’s not good to hear for a Delaware team that is averaging 12.5 turnovers per game and comes with a 16.3 turnover rate.

Villanova is 14-3 against the spread in its last 17 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.

Betting on the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (odds)

Record: 22-12 Overall/10-8 Conference

For the first time since 2014, the Blue Hens are going dancing after winning the CAA Tournament. Delaware’s chances of topping its conference tourney did not look remotely good when the Blue Hens ended the regular season with three losses in a row but got hot at just the right time. Two of the teams that beat Delaware towards the end of the regular season suffered losses in the CAA tourney at the hands of the Blue Hens. The Blue Hens’ key to an upset in the first round is in the hands of Jameer Nelson Jr., who is leading the team with 13.7 points per game. There aren’t a lot of dangerous outside shooters for the Blue Hens, but if Ebby Asamoah gets hot, watch out. Asamoah is averaging just 7.2 points per game but he can really stretch the floor. He shot 41.1 percent from deep (51/124) in the regular season.

Delaware is 15-6 against the spread in its last 21 neutral site contests.

Writer’s Prediction

Villanova wins, 78-62.

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