Connecticut vs. Villanova – College Basketball Odds & Predictions: Fourth-ranked Villanova (22-2) will host the Huskies of Connecticut (14-11) for an ESPN Big Monday mens college basketball match-up at 7 pm Eastern in Big East action at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Penn. The Wildcats are atop the Big East standings with an 11-1 record while struggling UConn is 13th. Villanova is undefeated at home this season going 11-0 while the Huskies are winless on the road at 0-6.
College basketball oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com installed Villanova as 9 1/2-chalk favorites versus UConn with a posted 156 total. Huskies backers are getting +400 odds on the Sportsbook moneyline while the Cats are giving -500.
Connecticut will be looking for the lift they didn't get on the return of their coach Jim Calhoun in Saturday's 67-72 loss at Syracuse. Calhoun has sat out the past seven games for health reasons. Calhoun's Huskies are struggling having lost four of their last five games and are seven of their last 10.
It's obvious that Villanova and Connecticut are going in opposit directons. The Wildcats came up big against Providence at home on Saturday and West Virginia on Feb. 8th following their only BIG EAST loss at Georgetown on Feb. 6th. 'Nova has won 12 of its last 13 games played. The Wildcats have covered the betting spread in 16 of their 22 board rated games.
College Basketball Predictions: While Villanova currently has the hot hand, we see Connecticut as a talented team that can pull a surprise against any ranked team. UConn is the best value bet purely on the fact that this game is over-lined with 'Nova needing to score 10 to cover. We like Connecticut +9 1/2.