March Madness Picks -Villanova vs Mount St. Mary’s Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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VillanovaThe Villanova Wildcats will head in to the national tournament with momentum on their side after capturing the Big East Tournament title in emphatic fashion at Verizon Focus on Saturday night. The Wildcats eased after dark Creighton Bluejays, 74-60, to grab not merely their third Big East Tournament crown but additionally the No. 1 overall seed in this year’s Big Dance.

Leading just how for the Wildcats in this championship game was Josh Hart. He scored a game-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. Hart is a vital cog to the Villanova’s success this year, averaging 18.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He’s certainly one of three players averaging in double figures for the Wildcats including Jalen Brunson (14.8 PPG) and Kris Jenkins (13.4 PPG).

Villanova will open its campaign this coming Thursday against Mount St. Mary’s. The Wildcats (+800) are trying to become the first repeat national champions since the Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007. No defending champion has ever entered the Big Dance with more wins than the Wildcats. Jay Wright’s men have already won 31 games this season. This is the third time the Wildcats earned a No. 1 seed in the tournament. In 2006, Villanova advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual national champion Florida. In 2015, the Wildcats lost in the second round against North Carolina State.

Villanova is 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games.

Villanova wins and covers spread in a blow out.

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