Houston @ Villanova
Regular Season Records: Houston 32-5; Villanova 29-7
What to Know
The #15 Houston Cougars and the #6 Villanova Wildcats are set to clash at 6:09 p.m. ET March 26 at AT&T Center in the fourth round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cougars earned some more postseason success in their game on Thursday. They had enough points to win and then some against the Arizona Wildcats, taking their matchup 72-60. Houston can attribute much of their success to guard Jamal Shead, who had 21 points and six assists, and guard Kyler Edwards, who shot 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points and five boards.
Meanwhile, Villanova was able to grind out a solid win over the Michigan Wolverines on Thursday, winning 63-55. Villanova’s forward Jermaine Samuels looked sharp as he had 22 points along with seven rebounds.
Barring any buzzer beaters, Houston is expected to win a tight contest Saturday. They are currently six-for-six against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
A pair of defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Houston have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 37.40%, which places them first in college basketball. As for Villanova, they come into the contest boasting the 23rd fewest points allowed per game in college basketball at 62.7.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 6:09 p.m. ET
- Where: AT&T Center — San Antonio, Texas
- TV: TBS
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Cougars are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Wildcats, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cougars as a 2-point favorite.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last seven years.