It’s one of the oldest clichés in the book, but the old chestnut about it being tough to repeat as a champion is one that is certainly accurate. You need to go all the way back to the 2007 season to find the last time a team repeated as National Champion is college basketball, and given how North Carolina has been playing this season, that streak looks as though it may be extended. The Villanova Wildcats won it all a couple of years ago and are among the favorites to win again this season, but they found out last week that getting back to the top of the heap is not going to be smooth sailing. They finally relinquished the #1 spot with a loss last week and are at the stage of the season where getting back there might not be an option. The Wildcats will be looking to close out the regular season by getting back on another winning run, and they can make it two in a row when they head on the road to face the Providence Friars on Wednesday night. So let’s review all betting picks and odds for this game.

What: Villanova Wildcats Vs Providence Friar
When: Wednesday, February 14 at 7 PM EST
Where: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence

Why bet on the Villanova Wildcats

It was beginning to look as though the Villanova Wildcats were going to be the #1 team in the nation that would not fall prey to an unexpected loss, but it came last week with a stunning defeat at the hands of the St. John’s Red Storm. That loss dropped them down to #3 after recovering a little with an 86-75 win over Butler in their last start. While that one may have seemed like an academic win, the Bulldogs were the only other team that had beaten the Wildcats this season, making the victory a cathartic one in a couple of ways. Villanova now has 6 games remaining in the regular season, with one of those coming against #4 ranked Xavier, and they really need to win them all to have a shot at finishing #1. The Wildcats won 89-69 versus Providence in their earlier meeting and have gone 17-8 ATS and O/U this season.

Why bet on the Providence Friars

As it stands right now, the 16-9 Providence Friars would likely be in the tournament, but they still probably need a couple of wins, just to be sure. The Friars have gone 7-5 in Big East play but are coming off a very disappointing loss to DePaul, which now means that they have lost 3 of their last 5 games, which is not how you want to head into the final stretch. While Providence was easily handled by Villanova when they met a couple of weeks back, this is still a team that can pose a threat to the big boys, as witnessed by their 81-72 win over Xavier earlier in the season. That win against a ranked opponent came on home court, so perhaps they could give Villanova something to think about on Wednesday night. The Providence Friars are 8-15 ATS and 13-10 O/U this season.

Villanova Wildcats Vs Providence Friars Game Info and Betting Picks

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The loss that Villanova took last week may well end up being nothing more than a blip on the radar because this is a very good team. They prove that again with a big win on Wednesday night.

Predicted Score: Villanova Wildcats 84 Providence Friars 69.