Houston Cougars vs Villanova Wildcats 3-26-22

Houston Cougars vs Villanova Wildcats 3/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Cougars vs Villanova Wildcats 3/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The 2nd-seeded Villanova Wildcats and the 5th-seeded Houston Cougars will meet in an Elite 8 battle on Saturday, March 26 at 6:09 p.m. ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.  The Houston Cougars are 15-3 in the American Athletic Conference and are 32-5 overall.   The Villanova Wildcats are 16-4 in the Big East and are 29-7 overall.


The Houston Cougars defeated the number 1 seeded Arizona Wildcats at 72-60 last Thursday.  Houston started strong, building a 6-point lead at the half.  Arizona came close to only 2-points at some points early in the first half but never threatened Houston.


Jamal Shead was the highest scorer with 21 points and handed 6 assists.  Kyler Edwards added 19 points and 5 rebounds.  Josh Carlton had 10 points and 7 rebounds.  Houston shot 46% and limited Arizona to 33.3% shooting.  Houston made 9 of 20 from beyond the arc and 17 of 25 free throws. 


The Cougars edged the Wildcats in rebounding, 37-35 and forced Arizona to turnover the ball 14 times.  This season, Kyler Edwards leads the Cougars with an average of 14.1 ppg. 


Josh Carlton is the leader with 6.3 rebounds and shooting at 62.5%.  Jamal Shead leads with 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  Fabian White Jr. leads with 1.4 blocks per game.  Houston recorded an average of 75.7 ppg (tied for 61st), 39 rebounds (tied for 41st), and 16.5 assists per game which is top 18 in NCAA Men’s Basketball.  


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Houston Cougars vs Villanova Wildcats Predictions 3/26/2022


Last Thursday, the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines at 63-55.  Villanova built a 3-point lead at the half and outscored Michigan with another 5 points to take the victory. 


J Samuels led in scoring with 22 points and 7 rebounds.  J Moore added 15 points and 4 assists.  Colin Gillespie had 12 points and 6 rebounds.  Villanova shot 37.3%, 3% higher than Michigan.  They made 9 of 30 three-pointers and 10 of 12 free throws. 


The Wildcats were outrebounded 41-38 and forced the Wolverines to turnover the ball 8 times.  As a team, Colin Gillespie leads Villanova with 15.9 ppg and 3.3 assists per game. 


Eric Dixon is the leader in field goals at 50.8%.  Jermaine Samuels leads with 6.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.  Brandon Slater is the leader with 1.1 steals per game.  Villanova is averaging 72.5 ppg (151st), 34.9 RPG (tied for 249th), and 12 assists per game which is 298th in the league.  


#5 Houston Cougars vs #2 Villanova Wildcats.  The NCAAB pick is the Houston Cougars.  The Villanova Wildcats are slightly ahead in offense but they have been inconsistent this season.  Houston has momentum and is riding high in confidence after a decisive victory over Arizona. 


Houston dominates in defense which will pose a challenge to Villanova.  Taking the win is the Houston Cougars with a final score prediction and will cover 67-66.  


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Houston Cougars vs Villanova Wildcats 3/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 6:09 P.M. ET


Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio


Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022




NCAAB ODDS: Houston Cougars -2.0




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