Ohio State Buckeyes vs Villanova Wildcats 3-20-22

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Villanova Wildcats 3/20/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Villanova Wildcats 3/20/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The #7 Ohio State Buckeyes will meet with the #2 Villanova Wildcats in a Men’s Basketball Championship – South Region – 2nd Round clash in Ppg Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 2:40 PM (EDT).


Ohio State had a rough finish to the season, dropping four of its final five matches. Injuries hampered the Buckeyes’ progress, but they entered their first-round meeting with Loyola with their best health of the season.


The result was the team’s finest defensive performance of the season. They held the Ramblers, the country’s 14th best shooting team, to just 27% shooting from the field.


Ohio State comes into this game fresh off of getting knocked from #2 seed last year. EJ Liddell topped the Buckeyes with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but Ohio State’s offense and defense were boosted by the return of forward Kyle Young.


Young led the Buckeyes with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist, and he was a plus-13 on the floor. Ohio State struggled from long range, making only one of 13 three-point attempts in the game. They’ll have to be more efficient against a Villanova team that is far more experienced and won’t shoot as poorly as Loyola.


Ohio State’s defense was the narrative of their first-round victory, but if they want to match up with Villanova, they’ll have to improve offensively. The Buckeyes shot just 41% from the field and turned the ball over 17 times, which is much too sloppy to compete with the Wildcats.


  • The University of Ohio State is 2-4 ATS in their previous 6 matches.
  • Ohio State is 8-2 SU in their last 10 matches in the Big East Conference.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-5 SU in their last 7 matches played in March.

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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Villanova Wildcats Predictions 3/20/2022


With an 80-60 victory over Delaware in the first round, Villanova advanced to 27-7 on the season. In the victory, the Big East Tournament champions continued their recent streak of strong defense and timely shooting.


In the triumph, they shot 51 percent from the field, including 47 percent from the long distance. Delaware was restricted to 44% shooting and 15% from the 3-point range by the Wildcats. The Wildcats got their rhythm and turned its offense after collecting just 8 points in the first roughly 10 minutes of the game.


Jermaine Samuels added 15 points and 9 rebounds, including an outstanding 7 on the offensive glass. Justin Moore paved the charge with 21 points. The Wildcats made 13 of their 28 3-point attempts, putting further distance between themselves and Delaware. Villanova’s offense is powered by the defense and three-point shooting.


On defense, the Wildcats are limiting opponents to only 63 points and 41% shooting. They surrender the 23rd most points in the country and have the 29th most efficient defense.


  • The University of Villanova Wildcats is 6-0 SU in their last 6 matches.
  • Villanova is 5-0 SU in their last 5 matches this season.
  • The Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

#7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs #2 Villanova Wildcats. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #2 Villanova Wildcats. For the Wildcats, this is a fantastic matchup. Ohio State isn’t long enough to cause problems in the paint for the Wildcats, and their shooting isn’t good enough to cause them problems.


Villanova is a club that thrives on accuracy and ball movement. Ohio State is a decent, if not exceptional, defensive team, but expecting them to repeat their defensive performance against Loyola is ridiculous. Furthermore, Villanova has a greater depth of players and even more shooters.


Villanova’s execution will finally tire down the Buckeyes and will pull away for a win of 10+ points. Villanova will win to a predicted score of 69-62


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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Villanova Wildcats 3/20/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 2:40 PM (EDT)


Location: Ppg Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA


Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022




NCAAB Odds: Villanova -4.5


NCAAB Totals: 132


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