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Villanova Notre Dame Betting – Defense Is Likely To Dominate When Irish Host Wildcats

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 2:00:30 AM

The Villanova Wildcats have been markedly struggling in recent weeks. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish only know one way to play. It all adds up to a low-scoring contest in the offing.

NCAA basketball betting: Villanova Wildcats @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Why To Bet On Villanova

The sports betting community is aware that the Wildcats have been steadily losing ground over the past few weeks. Villanova has been unable to protect its home court against Georgetown, Pittsburgh, and now Syracuse (this past Monday night). The Wildcats’ guards are wearing down and, as online betting experts know, this is not the right time of the college basketball season to lose legs on your jump shot. Villanova shoots so many threes that it has to flourish in the realm of long-distance shooting.

However, relief might be on the way. Notre Dame, because of its insistence on a slow tempo, is likely to play the kind of game that, while frustrating to Villanova on an immediate level, will also keep the Wildcats in the game. The reduced amount of possessions and the altered pace will give Villanova a chance to establish its low-post game a little more. If Mouphtaou Yarou, Antonio Pena, and Isaiah Armwood – the team’s three primary post players – can muscle up near the rim and finish plays while also gathering in a majority of rebounds, this game could definitely flow in Villanova’s direction with the sudden abruptness of an NHL trade deadline move.

Why To Bet On Notre Dame

NHL trade rumors prove to be true in some cases but false on many other occasions. There were no whisperings before the season about Notre Dame men’s basketball, however.

The women’s program under longtime coach Muffet McGraw has been a national powerhouse, but the men’s team at Notre Dame has not made a big push at the Final Four under current bench boss Mike Brey. Before this season began, there was little to no buzz pervading South Bend, Indiana. It has traditionally been a chore for this program to merely get to the NCAAs; nobody expected a breakout season like this one. The Irish are solidly in second place in the Big East; they’re headed for a very high NCAA Tournament seed (a three seed at the worst, a second seed at best) and therefore have to be taken seriously as a Final Four contender. The Irish were tissue-soft in past seasons, but this year, with a veteran lineup, they’ve found their identity as a blue-collar ballclub that plays terrific defense for all 35 seconds on the shot clock. The Irish don’t let up and have a point guard, Ben Hansbrough, who can go toe-to-toe with Villanova point guard Corey Fisher. Playing at home, the Irish figure to be more physical than the Wildcats, and that’s the biggest reason they should be favored in this tilt.

How The Game Will Play Out

The game will indeed be close because of Notre Dame’s preferred pace, but then again, a six-point game feels like 12 when you’re playing a team like Notre Dame. Villanova simply has a smaller margin for error. The Wildcats need to be very patient at the offensive end of the floor, and recent weeks suggest that the visitors from Philadelphia won’t be able to do the deed on the road in Indiana. Take Notre Dame in this contest.

Villanova Notre Dame Betting Pick: Notre Dame



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