North Carolina Asheville vs Villanova Pick
When: 12:40 PM ET, Friday, March 18, 2016
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: 12:40 p.m. ET, truTV
Line: Villanova -17.5, Total: 141.5
UNC Ashville Bulldogs vs Villanova Wildcats Preview
UNC Ashville (22-11) Bulldogs are in the Big Dance for the first time since 2012, when they were seeded 16th and nearly upset No. 1 seed Syracuse before falling 72-65. Freshman Dwayne Sutton was named MVP of the conference tournament after capping his run with a 25-point, 18-rebound performance. UNC Asheville will try to be as physical with Villanova as Seton Hall was on Saturday. The Bulldogs’ last eight defeats have all come by five points or fewer. Their last four losses have all come by two points or fewer. Villanova (29-5) won 12 of 13 before losing to Seton Hall. Villanova has not made it out of the NCAA Tournament’s opening weekend since 2009.
The Bulldogs used an effective up-tempo attack to average 79 points per game in wins over Liberty, High Point and Winthrop to take the Big South title. The Wildcats also prefer an up-tempo pace, although you sometimes wouldn’t know it from glancing at their final scores in Big East play. But the conference is a physical conference and this game will give both teams a chance to score and score and score.
Villanova 81, UNC Asheville 73
Taking the dog and the over in this one. I can see Nova getting up by over 20 points in the game but the Bulldogs can shoot their way back into a cover.
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