@SidekicksPicks March Madness Play of the Day - 3/26

Houston vs. Villanova - 6.09pm ET

The Houston Cougars will tip off against the Villanova Wildcats in the Elite 8 at 6:09 pm ET.

Houston are three point favorites and the points total is set at 127, a full 20 points lower than Arkansas vs. Duke.

Houston Analysis

Houston has had a very impressive season and has been dominant all tournament. They rely heavily on an 8 man rotation that plays exceptional defense. They allow 58.9 ppg (7), force teams to shoot 37.2% (1), and 29.6% from 3 (19). On the offensive side, the Cougars score 75.9 ppg (60), shoot 46.7% from the floor (46), and they are an extremely good rebounding team that averages 36.7 per game (15). Houston will need to stay out of foul trouble and control the glass in order to win this one!

Villanova Analysis

Villanova has also had a great season by relying on strong coaching and one of the best veteran guards, Collin Gillespsie. The Wildcats take a more methodical approach to their game. They take good care of the basketball, play solid defense, and are a decent offensive team. The main advantage they have in this game will be their ability to execute from the charity stripe. They are the best free throw shooting team in the country and will heavily rely on that part of the game today.

Betting Trends

  • Houston is 6-0 ats in their last 6 games
  • Houston is 2-10 in their last 12 games vs the Big East
  • Villanova is 4-1 ats in their last 5 games
  • Villanova is 10-0 in their last 10 games vs the American Athletic Conference

Sidekick's Verdict

This will be a tough matchup for both teams. I think Villanova will squeeze this one out when it’s all said and done. Their guard play and free throws will be the difference maker in this one!

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