NCAA Tournament: Villanova Faces Scrappy Alabama

2018 NCAA Tournament

Exciting NCAA Tournament Has Nova as Top Seed Remaining

Villanova is the highest ranking seed left in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Virginia lost to Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) in the opening round. It is the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history. The 74-54 loss represents the time a team seeded 16th has beaten a number one seed.

To make matters worse for the Cavs, they were the OVERALL Number one Seed.

Villanova has that distinction now as they take on 9th-seeded Alabama in the Round of 32. The Cats’ and the Tide will kick-off Saturday action at 12:10 pm EST on CBS.

Oddsmakers have the Wildcats as 11-point favorites. The total is at 148.

Villanova crushed Radford 87-61 on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The Crimson Tide defeated No. 8 Virginia Tech 86-83 on Thursday.

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

Offense Ruled the Day for Villanova in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament

The Wildcats shot 60 percent from the floor and were deadly behind the arc. They were 31 of 52 overall from the field.  They knocked down 14 shots from beyond the 3-point line. It was the 20th time this season that Villanova converted at least a dozen 3-pointers.

Even more impressive than their offense was the Wildcats’ defense. They held the Highlanders to 34 percent shooting.

Villanova placed six players in double figures. National Player of the Year candidate Jalen Brunson led the way with 16 points. Offense isn’t always the catalyst. When the Wildcats are clicking well, it always starts with defense.

The Tide Are Hot at the Right Time

Alabama won two games in the SEC Tournament just to qualify for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. It paid off with a three-point win over Virginia Tech. Alabama is in search of their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2004.

Guard Collin Sexton scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half against the Hokies. The Tide won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2006. John Petty contributed six 3-pointers and 20 points. Both these players are freshmen and are laying a great foundation for Avery Johnson’s club.

The task now for Alabama is to find a way to slow down Villanova. How do they do it? Time will tell.

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Team Records

Alabama Crimson Tide

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 104-61-23-45-51-24-371.4075.50-4.10
vs Conf10-116-34-812-96-36-669.3868.810.57

Villanova Wildcats

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 108-26-02-26-45-11-385.2071.2014.00
vs Conf17-411-16-312-99-33-687.6775.1412.53


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense72.7416370.60103
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense87.06170.3499
Head To Head Summary
TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Nov 16, 2012VILLA55ALA77-3.5ALA132.5UALAALAALA262931.956.827375/169/15510

NCAA Tournament Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 15, 2018VATEC86-83W2.5141W/O60.0066.678A
Mar 10, 2018KENTY63-86L4.5139.5L/O37.9373.338A
Mar 9, 2018AUBRN81-63W6.5152.5W/U50.0070.008A
Mar 8, 2018TEXAM71-70W3.5138.5W/O47.4668.754A
Mar 3, 2018TEXAM66-68L5141W/U37.5061.295A

Villanova Wildcats

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 15, 2018RADFD87-61W-22.5138.5W/O59.6278.5714H
Mar 10, 2018PROV76-66W-13143.5L/U43.7578.579H
Mar 9, 2018BUTLR87-68W-8.5150.5W/O47.5488.2414H
Mar 8, 2018MARQ94-70W-11.5160.5W/O56.9076.4715H
Mar 3, 2018GTOWN97-73W-19155W/O57.38100.0014H

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