ESPN College Basketball: Syracuse vs. Villanova Odds Preview and Prediction

Joe DuffyAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2011

Syracuse covers to Villanova says Vegas insider
Syracuse covers to Villanova says Vegas insiderJim McIsaac/Getty Images

The ESPN college basketball schedule has two great games for fans and sports bettors alike: Syracuse at Villanova and Oklahoma State at Kansas. Senior Sports Handicapper Matt Rivers has the ESPN winner on Syracuse (+4) over Villanova.

It’s kind of funny how neither Villanova nor Syracuse is trustworthy anymore as the last month or so has been extremely mediocre for both, so to be honest with you, I could see either team win this thing. Going on the road is never easy, but Villanova is not that good right now and to get any points against the scuffling Wildcats is more than fine with me.

The start to the season for Jim Boeheim’s boys was awesome and probably a bit overachieving, but the ‘Cuse is a better team than they have been showing in the leaner times of late; that I can promise you. Kris Joseph, Rick Jackson, Scoop Jardine and the rest of the visitors will come to play today and it’s not like they are up against a Villanova team that is rocking and rolling at all.

Jay Wright’s squad has regressed mightily of late, and if not for Corey Fisher would truly not even be that good. The Wildcats were just outplayed by a pretty bad DePaul squad and were lucky to win as the dozen-point favorite in overtime. I can’t toot the Orange horn in their last game all that much as they needed overtime at home against Rutgers as the similar chalk, but in all honesty, these teams pretty much mirror each other right now and all in all this game is a toss up.

‘Nova has failed to cover any of their last four games and have actually lost outright in half of their past eight. The debacle of a defeat at Rutgers did not help this team’s psyche and since then things have gone from bad to worse. Syracuse at least has shown some life after that four game losing streak as they have won four of their last six and appear to be headed in the right direction or at least a little more so than Villanova.

This game is not the lock of my life as it’s a pair of teams that jumped out of the great in fine form and have been very mediocre of late and the always-important home court edge goes to them. But in the end, this thing is very 50-50 and to get around a handful is enough for me.

Top expert pick on this game: Syracuse

For more information: Please note that this Central Florida-UTEP game is a day game, 1:00 to be exact so come and get it ASAP.

I’m still feeling great and am ready to rock n roll with another 300,000* winner from El Paso between the Golden Knights and Miners. I’ve banged home four of the last five 300,000* plays and am about to make it five of the last six. I’m talking here about either an outright or a burial meaning a UTEP smacking or a UCF quality upset victory. Ride me baby! Matt Rivers card is up