Villanova Week In Review: After Winning Six Out Of Seven, Can Villanova Put Away Georgetown On Saturday?

Villanova Week In Review: After Winning Six Out Of Seven, Can Villanova Put Away Georgetown On Saturday?

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Villanova has now won six of their last seven games. Though Villanova started last weekend off on the wrong foot with a loss to Providence, they bounced back well against Seton Hall on Wednesday night.

The bad news is if Seton Hall beats Creighton, Seton Hall clinches the Big East title. However, if Creighton beats Seton Hall, Creighton will claim the conference crown, despite there being a three-way tie at the top. If Creighton can beat Seton Hall in the final game and Villanova can beat Georgetown, there will be a three-way tie atop the Big East and Villanova will be the two seed in the tournament.

It’s a very realistic scenario at this point, seeing as how it will be a home game for Creighton. Regardless, there’s one game left, so we’re going to recap last week and preview the finale before moving into the odds for the Big East tournament and what the road to victory will look like for Villanova.

Recapping Villanova’s week

Last Saturday, Villanova was dealt a major blow in their quest for the Big East title. Villanova started out in an early hole, trailing 10-1 at home. After a strong run midway through the first half, Villanova seemed to find their footing. Following a 14-4 run, Providence went on a run of their own (16-3) and took a commanding 12-point lead at the half.

In the second half, Villanova was able to close the gap, but ultimately were let down by a very poor shooting performance as a team (35% on field goals and 17% from three). Robinson-Earl (4-7 FG and 11 rebounds) was the only player who seemed to provide much value in the game. The last time these two teams played, Villanova won by four at Providence. In that game, Providence dominated the boards (+12) but shot miserably (32% FG and 13% from three).

This time around, Villanova only lost the rebounding battle by one and they were +3 on turnovers but shot so horribly from three (5-30), they just couldn’t quite fight their way back into this one. Providence avoided threes (5-13) but made the most of them when they took them. Luwane Pipkins was 7-13 and 4-8 from three, finishing with a game-high 27 points. It was pretty much a one-man show, as Providence played it safe and close to the basket. Villanova settled too much from three instead of working the interior. The win was critical for Providence, who’s still very much on the bubble for the tournament.

On Wednesday, Villanova traveled to Seton Hall to take on the Pirates on their Senior Night. Myles Powell, the leader of the Pirates, has been hailed as a Player of the Year candidate all season for some reason, despite shooting just 40% from the field, 30% from deep, and having more turnovers than assists. I don’t quite understand it but whatever.

People across the country seemed to be mesmerized by Powell’s YOLO shooting and careless play. Anyhow, the game itself was very riveting. Villanova seized control early, but the slim lead quickly disappeared as Seton Hall kept it a three-point deficit at the half. In the second half, everyone expected Myles Powell to turn things on for the Pirates, but it just didn’t happen. For the first time all season, I saw Myles Powell make some key passes leading to big buckets and keeping his team in the game.

Even though the shots weren’t falling, Powell was limiting turnovers and drawing defenders and finding the open guys. Villanova took a ten-point lead with just over two minutes to go, only to let that lead slip away, missing six of seven free throws and allowing Seton Hall to hit a few big shots. In the end, Seton Hall had a chance to tie or win it, bringing the ball up the court with only a few seconds remaining.

Despite a clear look at the basket, the ball was not released in time and Villanova escaped with a huge road victory. Sandro MamuKelashvili led the Pirates with 20 points and ten rebounds. Villanova was -1 on the glass, and -3 on turnovers. Villanova shot well (52% FG and 41% from three) but struggled from the line (10-18).

Free throws are normally a strong point for the Wildcats, but it nearly cost them on Wednesday when they missed six of their last seven and failed to ice the game. Villanova got no points from their bench, but four of their five starters shot over 50% from the field in the game.

Villanova College Basketball schedule so far

NOV 5 (W) – Army 97-54

NOV 13 (L) – Ohio State 76-51

NOV 16 (W) – Ohio 78-54

NOV 21 (W) – MTSU 98-69

NOV 22 (W) – Mississippi St 83-76

NOV 24 (L) – Baylor 87-78

DEC 1 (W) – La Salle 83-72

DEC 4 (W) – Penn 80-69

DEC 7 (W) – Saint Joseph’s 78-66

DEC 14 (W) – Deleware 78-70

DEC 21 (W) – Kansas 56-55

DEC 30 (W) – Xavier 68-62

JAN 4 (L) – Marquette 71-60

JAN 7 (W) – Creighton 64-59

JAN 11 (W) – Georgetown 80-66

JAN 14 (W) – DePaul 79-75

JAN 18 (W) – UConn 61-55

JAN 21 (W) – Butler 76-61

JAN 25 (W) – Providence 64-60

JAN 28 (W) – St. John’s 79-59

FEB 1 (L) – Creighton 76-61

FEB 5 (L) – Butler 79-76

FEB 8 (L) – Seton Hall 70-64

FEB 12 (W) – Marquette 72-71

FEB 16 (W) – Temple 76-56

FEB 19 (W) – DePaul 91-71

FEB 22 (W) – Xavier 64-55

FEB 26 (W) – St John’s 71-60

FEB 29 (L) – Providence 58-54

MAR 4 (W) – Seton Hall 79-77

Preview for this Week 

This Saturday morning, Villanova will travel to Capital One Arena in Washington DC to take on Georgetown in their season finale. Despite having no shot at winning the regular season conference title by virtue of a tiebreak, Villanova will have plenty to play for. Georgetown is led by leading scorer and rebounder, Omer Yurtseven (15.8 PPG and 10 RPG). In their first meeting, Villanova won by 14 in a game they outrebounded the Hoyas by six and outshot them (47% FG and 52% on threes). This should serve as a good tune-up game for the conference tournament.

Villanova is +300 to win the conference tournament  

In PlaySugarHouse odds, Villanova is currently the projected #2 seed in the conference tournament. Assuming Villanova beats Georgetown, they will be locked in at the two seed, regardless of who wins the game between Creighton and Seton Hall. The loser of that game will fall to the three and the winner takes the conference. Now, it’s time to calculate the odds for betting the games straight through, opponent to opponent.

QF: -220

SF: -120

C: +115

If you were to take $100 and bet it on Villanova at +300, your net earnings will be $300. If you were to bet each round individually, the payout would be slightly more substantial. According to these rough estimates, if the tournament goes chalk, you stand to win $455 by betting Villanova individually, game to game. If a few upsets happen along the way, the odds could potentially be as low as +330, so either way, it’s probably wiser to bet each game individually.

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