College Basketball Odds: NCAA Final Four – VILLANOVA WILDCATS vs. OKLAHOMA SOONERS (4/2)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL — April 2

NCAA Semi-Finals @ Houston
VILLANOVA vs. OKLAHOMA

(America’s Bookie Line: Villanova -2, Total 144) —
Oklahoma loves to shoot the three-pointer; in fact, they have hit 42.8% for the season. Buddy Hield has nailed an amazing 46.5%, and he is certainly the guy Villanova has to stop first. So it will be incumbent upon cousins and wondered to be rather threatening as well. Since the Big East tournament began, no one has scored more than 70 points against Villanova, although it should be noted that the last three opponents they have faced have hit 45%, 53% and 46% from the field against them.

Here’s what you kind of have to worry about with both teams – the idea that in this kind of setting, where teams in 12 previous tournament games have hit only 29% from beyond the arc, will they throw some bricks up there? Villanova was just 4-for-18 against Kansas last time out, and when these teams met in Hawaii back on December 7, the Wildcats made just four out of 32 attempts from downtown. Will they try more long-range shooting, or will they concentrate on the mid-range game? We know that against Miami in the Sweet 16, Villanova averaged 1.6 points per possession, which was the best figure at of any college basketball team this season.

Sure, Oklahoma has been an underrated defensive team. But Villanova matches up well against their guards, and let’s keep in mind that Oklahoma generates 39% of its points from triples, so they may wind up being more compromised by the difficult surroundings than Villanova, which can also make them uncomfortable by controlling pace as they did against Kansas.

PLAY BY JAY: VILLANOVA -2 ***

(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)