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Villanova is a 22.5 point favorite according to OddShark.com
The over/under is 150
In Quinnipiac’s opener to the 2018-2019 season, they go on the road to Wells Fargo Center to take on Villanova. This tall task in being handled by none other than former Villanova Assistant Coach Baker Dunleavy.
Villanova comes in following an opening win 100-77 against Morgan State. Eric Paschall led the team with 26 points and six rebounds, and Phil Booth Chipped in another 17 points and four assists. While only winning by 23, Villanova showed off it’s potential to pile on points from all angles. Saddiq Bey, Joe Cremo and Jermaine Samuels were in double digits for scoring. While we know Villanova, let’s look at Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac plays out of the MAAC. While being an average team in conference, they were able to make a miracle run in the MAAC tournament, ultimately losing to Fairfield. Dunleavy is in his second year of coaching for Quinnipiac, and dealing with a lot of roster turnover. Arguably the best freshman duo in the MAAC, Peter Kiss and Mikey Dixon are gone. While Quinnipiac has a lot of shooters, which works well for the offense Coach Dunleavy runs, they will struggle with playmaking. Expect them to play a smaller lineup and take plenty of 3s.
Villanova is going to come into this game cruising. they have the ability to go big or small against Quinnipiac and will probably outwork them for rebounds. Phil Booth will matchup against Cameron Young on the defensive end. Quinnipiac guard Rich Kelly has tohe ability to score at will too, expect Cremo to be matched up on him.
For Villanova to win, they have to play their game and use the athleticism of Saddiq Bey and Eric Paschall to win the inside. They have the talent to win as well as experience with guys like Joe Cremo, Phil Booth and Eric Paschall. Look to some of the younger guys like Jahvon Quinerly and Cole Swider to feel more comfortable playing for Villanova.