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CBB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




ALABAMA (20 - 15) vs. VILLANOVA (31 - 4)
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Saturday, 3/17/2018 12:10 PM
NCAA Tournament - Second Round - PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, PA
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ALABAMA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-15+1.318-1512-2172.733.846.2%36.070.333.941.7%35.7
Road Games8-11+0.410-910-971.131.744.1%34.773.435.843.2%36.2
Last 5 Games3-2+2.74-13-273.430.246.2%34.874.033.044.6%34.4
ALABAMA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)72.733.825-5546.2%6-2032.8%15-2367.2%36913196145
vs opponents surrendering71.233.125-5942.8%8-2234.3%13-1970.8%35913196134
Team Stats (Road Games)71.131.725-5644.1%6-2030.2%15-2172.3%35912206134
Stats Against (All Games)70.333.924-5841.7%7-2232.4%15-2268.1%361012207134
vs opponents averaging75.535.626-5845.1%8-2235.0%15-2171.4%37914186134
Stats Against (Road Games)73.435.825-5743.2%7-2232.1%17-2469.9%361013197124

VILLANOVA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-4+3.223-1223-1187.140.850.7%35.570.630.943.2%32.7
Road Games19-3+0.214-813-985.140.350.0%35.569.930.143.0%32.5
Last 5 Games5-0+34-14-188.240.852.7%36.667.628.040.7%29.2
VILLANOVA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)87.140.831-6150.7%11-2940.1%14-1877.2%36817167104
vs opponents surrendering72.933.826-5943.9%8-2334.8%13-1872.8%35813186133
Team Stats (Road Games)85.140.330-6150.0%12-2941.0%12-1677.1%35916167114
Stats Against (All Games)70.630.926-6043.2%7-2132.8%12-1575.5%33714175133
vs opponents averaging76.636.227-6045.6%8-2235.9%14-1973.7%36815186123
Stats Against (Road Games)69.930.126-5943.0%7-2132.8%12-1576.3%32814165133
Average power rating of opponents played: ALABAMA 80.7,  VILLANOVA 78.4
ALABAMA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/3/2018@ FLORIDA68-50W8W143U29-5255.8%431919-5733.3%2512
2/6/2018@ MISSISSIPPI ST63-67L3L137U18-4936.7%291324-5246.2%3610
2/17/2018@ KENTUCKY71-81L4.5L142.5O26-5547.3%271328-6443.7%4413
2/21/2018@ AUBURN71-90L6.5L151.5O24-5246.2%351729-6842.6%419
3/3/2018@ TEXAS A&M66-68L5W142U21-5637.5%401323-5939.0%4612
3/8/2018*TEXAS A&M71-70W3W137O28-5947.5%331424-6139.3%4417
3/15/2018*VIRGINIA TECH86-83W2.5W141O30-5060.0%261730-5455.6%2214

VILLANOVA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/28/2018@ MARQUETTE85-82W-6.5L163O29-6048.3%331131-6150.8%3012
2/4/2018SETON HALL92-76W-12.5W156O32-6350.8%36731-6250.0%3110
2/7/2018ST JOHNS75-79L-16L150.5O28-6741.8%34827-5549.1%3510
2/14/2018@ PROVIDENCE71-76L-9.5L153U26-5250.0%351923-6237.1%3714
2/17/2018@ XAVIER95-79W-1W164O38-6360.3%28627-5846.6%3111
2/24/2018@ CREIGHTON83-89L-7.5L166O30-7341.1%401031-6349.2%3812
2/28/2018@ SETON HALL69-68W-7.5L160.5U24-6636.4%411125-6538.5%4312
ALABAMA: Last season: 19-15, lost in first round of NIT
Who's gone: F Bola Olaniyan (6.4 rpg), G Corban Collins (7.0 ppg), F Jimmie Taylor (5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Who's back: G Braxton Key. Led Alabama in scoring as a freshman, averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg. G Dazon Ingram averaged 10.5 ppg and led team in assists and 3-point percentage; only Tide player to start all 34 games. F Donta Hall provided size and rebounding inside, leading team in blocks and field goal percentage.
Who's new: G Collin Sexton is a consensus Top 10 recruit, and the freshman is a second-team preseason All-SEC pick. G John Petty is a two-time Alabama Mr. Basketball out of Huntsville. They were the centerpieces of the program's highest rated recruiting class, rated No. 5 by three major recruiting services. F/C Daniel Giddens sat out last season after transferring from Ohio State.
The Skinny: Appears to have a good shot at making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 and second since 2006. A big reason for that is the arrival of Sexton and Petty, but there's a strong returning nucleus, too, led by Key and Ingram. Picked to finish fourth in the SEC, the highest projection under Johnson.
VILLANOVA: Last season: 32-4, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Who's gone: G Josh Hart, G Kris Jenkins, F Darryl Reynolds
Who's back: G Jalen Brunson, the sensational junior point guard, averaged 14.7 points, shot 54 percent from the field, had 148 assists and flirted with the idea of leaving for the NBA. G Phil Booth led the Wildcats in scoring in the national championship game in 2016. He missed most of last season with an injured left knee. F Omari Spellman, G Donte DiVincenzo and G Mikal Bridges round out a lineup for the Big East favorites.
Who's new: The Wildcats added Collin Gillespie, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Jermaine Samuels to the lineup.
The Skinny: The Wildcats were picked to win their fifth straight regular-season conference title, Brunson was chosen as the conference's preseason player of the year, and Spellman was selected freshman of the year. The 2016 national champions should again be among the small group of programs that can win it all on that first Monday in April.
Villanova could be in for bigger challenge against Alabama

Villanova had little trouble dispatching No. 16 Radford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The second round looks to be much more difficult.

Top-seeded Villanova (31-4) crushed Radford 87-61 on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The Wildcats will face scrappy ninth-seeded Alabama (20-15) in the second round Saturday afternoon in the first game of the day.

The Crimson Tide defeated No. 8 Virginia Tech 86-83 on Thursday.

In 2016, Villanova captured the program's second national championship. Last year, Villanova was ousted by Wisconsin in the second round despite being the top overall seed.

"I know the bitter and sweet of this tournament," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I know winning a national championship and I know getting knocked out in the second round. I know anything can happen. That's what this team's mindset is. I stick with the mindset of the group that we have."

The mindset against Radford was scintillating offense and suffocating defense.

The Wildcats shot 60 percent (31 of 52) and knocked down 14 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. It was the 20th time this season that Villanova converted at least a dozen 3-point attempts.

Even more impressive was the Wildcats' defense in holding the Highlanders to 34 percent shooting.

Defense continues to be a major teaching point for the Wildcats.

"We feel, as ourselves, that we're defending really well, and once we feel like we're playing really tough defensively, you can tell by everybody's reaction on the bench, when you're out there all fired up," said junior forward Mikal Bridges, who scored 13 points against Radford. "We love playing defense. That's what we focus on the most. And it's just a great feeling, we are defending and playing hard together."

Villanova placed six players in double figures, with National Player of the Year candidate Jalen Brunson leading the way with 16 points. Offense wasn't a focal point. When the Wildcats are clicking, it always starts with defense.

"Honestly, I wasn't paying attention to how many 3s we were hitting," Brunson said. "To me, it didn't seem like a lot. We were just really trying to focus on defending and rebounding. Offense, it comes natural to us.

"We love sharing the ball with each other. We all are really confident with each other, making shots, sharing the ball and all that. It's something we take pride in. We just really focused on defending and rebounding because I know our offense is going to come."

Alabama won two games in the SEC Tournament just to qualify for an at-large berth to the NCAAs and it paid off with a three-point win over Virginia Tech. The Crimson Tide are in search of their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2004.

Freshman guard Collin Sexton scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half and Alabama won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2006. Freshman guard John Petty contributed six 3-pointers and 20 points.

"These coaches prepare us for stuff like this," Sexton said. "They do so many hours of film, and they tell us all of the answers to the test. We prepare for these and we just shot the ball in practice. Just to make sure we come into this game ready and that's what we did."

The daunting challenge for Alabama is to find a way to slow down Villanova.

"And Villanova, what more can we say? Outstanding team. Championship, pedigree," Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. "They got problems at every position. Jay Wright's done an incredible job. He's had one of the best coaching tenures of anybody in the country.

"They know what they're doing. The great thing about Alabama, though, we feel, when we play right, we have a chance to beat anybody. We respect all of our opponents, but we'll go back, watch them on video. This will be a long night. I normally only average two hours of sleep. I'll maybe sleep 30 minutes and just have a bunch of coffee, but it's a good problem to have."

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