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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Alabama 20-15 19-15 72.74 70.34 2.4 9-6 5-5 12-21-1 2-12-1 4-6
Villanova 31-4 22-12-1 87.06 70.60 16.46 9-4 6-6 24-11 11-2 6-6

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
ALA 12.71 14.23 0.89
VILLA 16.77 10.43 1.61
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
ALA 10.03 25.97 36
VILLA 9.31 26.23 35.54
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
ALA 46.21 41.66 4.55
VILLA 50.65 43.16 7.49
Team Records

Alabama Crimson Tide

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 20-15 14-5 6-10 19-15 10-8 9-7 72.74 70.34 2.40
Last 10 4-6 1-2 3-4 5-5 1-2 4-3 71.40 75.50 -4.10
vs Conf 10-11 6-3 4-8 12-9 6-3 6-6 69.38 68.81 0.57

Villanova Wildcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 31-4 20-1 11-3 22-12-1 15-6 7-6-1 87.06 70.60 16.46
Last 10 8-2 6-0 2-2 6-4 5-1 1-3 85.20 71.20 14.00
vs Conf 17-4 11-1 6-3 12-9 9-3 3-6 87.67 75.14 12.53

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 72.74 163 70.60 103
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 87.06 1 70.34 99
Head To Head Summary
Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Alabama 1-0 1-0 0-1 77.00 29.00 56.82 37.00 9/15 10.00
Villanova 0-1 0-1 0-1 55.00 26.00 31.91 27.00 5/16 5.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Nov 16, 2012 VILLA 55 ALA 77 -3.5 ALA 132.5 U ALA ALA ALA 26 29 31.9 56.8 27 37 5/16 9/15 5 10

NCAA Tournament Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 15, 2018 VATEC 86-83 W 2.5 141 W/O 60.00 66.67 8 A
Mar 10, 2018 KENTY 63-86 L 4.5 139.5 L/O 37.93 73.33 8 A
Mar 9, 2018 AUBRN 81-63 W 6.5 152.5 W/U 50.00 70.00 8 A
Mar 8, 2018 TEXAM 71-70 W 3.5 138.5 W/O 47.46 68.75 4 A
Mar 3, 2018 TEXAM 66-68 L 5 141 W/U 37.50 61.29 5 A

Villanova Wildcats

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 15, 2018 RADFD 87-61 W -22.5 138.5 W/O 59.62 78.57 14 H
Mar 10, 2018 PROV 76-66 W -13 143.5 L/U 43.75 78.57 9 H
Mar 9, 2018 BUTLR 87-68 W -8.5 150.5 W/O 47.54 88.24 14 H
Mar 8, 2018 MARQ 94-70 W -11.5 160.5 W/O 56.90 76.47 15 H
Mar 3, 2018 GTOWN 97-73 W -19 155 W/O 57.38 100.00 14 H

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