How to watch Houston vs. Villanova: Prediction, start time, Odds and live stream

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Houston kept Arizona to one of its worst performances of the season to get to the Elite Eight. A team that normally scored 80 points a game only racked up 60 and shot the ball horribly. The Cougars are going to bring that kind of defense into the game against Villanova as well.

How to Watch the Elite 8 game between Houston vs Villanova:

Game Matchup: No. 5 Houston (32-5) vs. No. 2 Villanova (29-7)

Venue & Location: AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022

Time: 6:09 p.m. ET

TV: TBS (Click here to watch online)

Villanova played a pretty tight game with Michigan and ended up winning with some defense of its own. The Wildcats limited Michigan to 55 points and were pretty fortunate with how poorly Hunter Dickinson played. Houston will play much tougher and make the game more difficult at the rim than Michigan did.

Houston vs. Villanova Odds and prediction

Spread:

  • Houston -2.5 (-105)
  • Villanova +2.5 (-115)

Moneyline:

  • Houston -135
  • Villanova +110

Total: Over/Under – 128.5 (-110)

Odds are via BetMGM.

Game Preview

This game could be a legitimate rock fight as neither team allows opponents to score more than 60 points. It will come down to who can execute best on offense and find advantages or mismatches throughout their lineups. Points will likely be hard to come by and so the team who can get the easiest buckets throughout the game will prevail.

Villanova’s biggest advantage will be its ability to control the ball and not turn it over. They average less than 10 turnovers a game. Their other great advantage is going to be finishing the game at the free throw line as they have the highest free throw shooting percentage in the country and are even on pace to have the highest free throw percentage in a season ever.

Houston is going to show up on the offensive boards just like they did against Arizona, who was a pretty big team. Villanova is not as big and should be ripe for the Cougars to grab even more than their 13.3 offensive rebounds that they average over the season. The Cougars have to make sure they finish those second chance opportunities though because if they get fouled, they can’t generally be trusted at the free throw line.

 

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