Villanova Vs Delaware: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Lines, Odds And Trends – March 18, 2022

Written By Ryan Minion on March 16, 2022

An opening-round NCAA Tournament matchup will see the 2-seed Villanova Wildcats (26-7) hit the court against the No. 15 seed Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (22-12) on Friday at PPG Paints Arena. The matchup starts at 2:45 PM. Keep reading to find betting insights and statistics to help place a wager on the Wildcats’ (-2000 to win on the moneyline) contest versus the Fightin’ Blue Hens (+1000).

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Villanova vs Delaware Betting Odds

Villanova vs Delaware Betting Analysis

When Villanova has the ball, it will look to get the ball into the hands of its two best playmakers- PG Collin Gillespie and F Justin Moore. The Wildcats’ offense has some extremely impressive shot quality metrics. Villanova ranks in the top 10 in the country in both adjOFF SQ & adj SQ values. In short, the Wildcats have way more offensive possessions of which result in a high-quality shot, than the number of possessions their defense allows that result in efficient field goal attempts.

For Delaware to succeed offensively, it must rely on the efficiency of their 3-point attempts, in addition to the number of high quality shots they get when attacking the rim. That said, Delaware is ranked inside the top 50 in the country in both three-point shooting efficiency, and efficiency when driving to the basket. The Blue Hens have a Rim & 3 Rate of 82%, which further conveys that over eight of every ten offensive possessions result in one of the former shots- the two highest quality shots in basketball.

Despite incredible efficiency metrics on both sides of the ball, I do not believe there is a large enough edge when it comes to laying 16 or more points on Villanova over a surging Delaware offense.

Villanova Offense Vs. Delaware Defense

Villanova Offense Stats (Rank) Delaware Defense
72.6 (135) Points/Gm 69.9 (198)
63.0 (347) Possessions/Game 68.3 (155)
43.7 (199) Field Goal % 42.6 (140)
35.9 (60) 3PT % 34.8 (255)
52.0 (100) Effective FG % 48.8 (142)
56.9 (49) True Shooting % 52.4 (173)

Delaware Offense Vs. Villanova Defense

Delaware Offense Stats (Rank) Villanova Defense
73.8 (99) Points/Gm 63.1 (29)
67.5 (202) Possessions/Game 64.1 (18)
46.9 (40) Field Goal % 40.8 (41)
35.2 (96) 3PT % 31.0 (49)
53.8 (42) Effective FG % 47.4 (73)
57.7 (33) True Shooting % 50.9 (94)

Villanova Betting Insights

  • Villanova is 18-16-1 ATS this season.
  • When playing as at least 16.5-point favorites this season, the Wildcats have an ATS record of 4-3.
  • A total of 15 out of Villanova’s 35 games this season have gone over the point total.
  • In 18 games this season, Villanova and its opponents have scored more than 133.5 combined points.
  • Wildcats contests this year have an average total of 136, 2.5 more points than this matchup’s over/under.

Delaware Betting Insights

  • Delaware has compiled a 16-17-0 record against the spread this year.
  • In Delaware’s 35 chances this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 20 times.
  • Delaware has played 24 games this season that have gone over 133.5 combined points scored.
  • The average total for Fightin’ Blue Hens games this season has been 141.6, 8.1 more points than this matchup’s over/under.
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Villanova Key Players

  • The Wildcats points and assists leader is Collin Gillespie. He scores 15.9 points per game and adds 3.3 assists.
  • Eric Dixon paces Villanova with 6.3 rebounds per game.
  • The Wildcats are led by Gillespie from long distance. He hits 3.0 shots from deep per game.
  • Gillespie leads the team with 1.1 steals per game. Jermaine Samuels collects 0.7 blocks a game to pace Villanova.

Delaware Key Players

  • Jameer Nelson JR owns the Fightin’ Blue Hens top spot in scoring with 13.7 points per game and also tacks on 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest.
  • When it comes to Delaware leaders in rebounds and assists, the team has two players at the top: Dylan Painter with 6.6 rebounds per game and Kevin Anderson with 3.6 assists per game.
  • Ryan Allen makes more threes per game than any other member of the Fightin’ Blue Hens, averaging 1.9 treys per game.
  • Nelson JR tops Delaware in steals with 1.6 per game, and Andrew Carr leads the squad in blocks with 1.1 per game.

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