Villanova Wildcats vs. Boston College Eagles – CBB, November 25, 2020
The Villanova Wildcats, one of the biggest favorites to win the NCAA Tournament this year, are facing the Boston College Eagles at a neutral location at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The No. 3 Wildcats are massive favorites to win this inter-conference duel, and they are looking to enter a new campaign with a comfortable victory.
Alongside Villanova and Boston, Arizona State and Rhode Island are also part of the 2K Empire Classic, and the winner of this clash will meet a better team from a duel between Arizona State and Rhode Island. Here is my Wildcats vs. Eagles betting preview.
Wildcats vs. Eagles Odds
Wildcats to Return to the Top of the Big East
The Villanova Wildcats finished the previous regular season at the top of the Big East with a 24-7 record (13-5 in conference play), with the same record as the Creighton Bluejays. They are looking for a similar scenario this time around in a bit shortened season, and they set their sights on making it to the NCAA Tournament. The team with such pedigree will attack their sixth Final Four in school’s history and will try to win their second title in five years (2016).
Forward Saddiq Bey (16.1 ppg) and guard Collin Gillespie (15.1 ppg) were the top players last year, but after Bey’s transition to the NBA and Detroit Pistons, Gillespie will be a star of this team in the 2020/21 campaign. Guard Justin Moore (11.3 ppg) and forwards Jermaine Samuels (10.7 ppg) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (10.5 ppg) will also be key individuals this time around.
Last season, the Wildcats averaged 73.2 points per game (127th), 35.9 rebounds per game (194th), and 14.5 assists per game (85th), while they allowed 66.4 points per contest (96th).
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Eagles Massive Underdogs at the 2k Empire Classic
The Boston College Eagles ended the last season with a 13-19 record (7-13 in conference play) and in 12th place in the ACC. One of the least efficient teams in the NCAA last year are big underdogs in 2020/21, and at this tournament, and therefore, defeating Villanova on Wednesday would be a miracle.
This year’s offense will be centered on sophomore guard Jay Heath, who averaged 13.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg last season. In the meantime, guard Derryck Thornton and forward Nik Popovic finished college, while forward Jairus Hamilton commits to the Maryland Terrapins.
Last year, the Eagles averaged 64.6 points per game (322nd), 33.1 rebounds per game (292nd), and 12.6 assists per game (224th), while they allowed 70.6 points per contest (209th).
2020-21 PREVIEW— BC Men's Basketball (@BCMBB) November 24, 2020
"If he stays the person which I know he's going to, he's going to walk out of here as one of the best leaders to ever play for Boston College.”
— head coach Jim Christian on sophomore guard Jay Heath
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Wildcats vs. Eagles Pick
Villanova Wildcats -14.5-110
I can see the Wildcats winning this mini-tournament as their only rivals could be the Arizona State Sun Devils, so I would be shocked if they slip on the first step against Boston College on Wednesday. The Eagles changed a lot of players as some new came in and some moved on, so I expect them to be disorganized on both offense and defense. Villanova is playing well against the spread at neutral sites as they covered 19 in the last 27 games. I am backing the favorites to cover it here as well.