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College Basketball Betting Preview: St. Joseph’s vs. Villanova

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Dec/11/2008

This College Basketball betting preview of St. Joseph's vs. Villanova that goes off at Thursday, 8:00 pm Eastern - ESPN 2 is courtesy of SBG Global where the line opened at: Villanova  -  10   ,  Total  TBA

The Villanova Wildcats won't have long to think about Tuesday's loss to #6 Texas as they get right back into action on Thursday against St. Joseph's.  The Wildcats lost 67-58 to a very talented Texas squad in the Jimmy V Classic. "We've got a lot of work to do," said head coach Jay Wright, "We need to play in these games and we will now. We will play against this type of physical defense again. We have to be able to make plays and still take care of the basketball. As a team, we have to rebound better."
SBG Global reports that early college basketball line has the public taking Villanova at Home.

St. Joseph's has also been busy lately, as this will be their fourth game in the last 11 days.  Senior Ahmad Nivins leads the Hawks with five double-doubles in the first eight games. He's averaging 19.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He leads the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage (68.8), offensive rebounds (4.7) and minutes played (38.2).

Last year the Hawks rolled over Villanova 77-55 at the Palestra. That win snapped a three-game losing streak for St. Joseph's against Villanova.  This is the first time St. Joe's and Villanova have played in the month of December since 2000-2001.  The past seven years the game was played in late January or early February.  Many times in this series the games have been blowouts. The average margin of victory in the last seven meetings is 17.1 points. Villanova has won four of those last seven. Saint Joseph's average margin of victory in the past seven years is 15.3 points while Villanova's is 16 points.

Here are the college betting stats for Thursday's game. The Hawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Hawks are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between the two teams.

The Wildcats are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. the Atlantic 10. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The favorite is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between the two teams.

SBG Global Current Line: Villanova  -  10   ,  Total  TBA

The Under is 6-2 in the Hawks last 8 vs. the Big East. The Under is 8-3 in the Hawks last 11 non-conference games. The Under is 5-2 in the Hawks last 7 road games. The Under is 7-3 in the Hawks last 10 overall. The Under is 5-0 in the Wildcats last 5 non-conference games. The Under is 4-0 in the Wildcats last 4 home games. The Under is 21-7-1 in the Wildcats last 29 overall. The Under is 13-5 in the Wildcats last 18 vs. the Atlantic 10. The Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.

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