#1 UConn Seeks Rebound Against Scrappy Villanova on Historic Game Day

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#1 UConn Seeks Rebound Against Scrappy Villanova on Historic Game Day

A Big East showdown with national implications looms as the #1 UConn Huskies (24-3, 14-2 Big East) host the unranked, but dangerous Villanova Wildcats (15-11, 8-7 Big East) this Saturday at a rocking Gampel Pavilion. ESPN’s College GameDay returns to Connecticut for the first time in a decade, highlighting the Huskies’ quest for a historic repeat national championship.

Huskies Smarting, Wildcats Undeterred

UConn suffered a rare 19-point blowout loss at Creighton, snapping their dominance. Villanova, currently in sixth place in the conference, knows what it takes to beat UConn – they lost a narrow one-point decision at home in January. While UConn boasts impressive home-court dominance (14-0) their record against the spread at home stands at just 50% at 7-7.

Statistical Edge: Huskies

Connecticut holds a statistical advantage in most categories, but Villanova’s nation-leading free throw percentage (82.2%) poses a threat. Tristen Newton leads the Huskies’ balanced attack with 15.4 points per game, while Eric Dixon (15.9 ppg) spearheads Villanova.

Prediction: UConn Makes a Statement

Expect UConn to come out with a vengeance after their humbling Creighton loss. While our model suggests a tight 72-65 UConn win, we anticipate a more emphatic victory. The Huskies want to send a message and reassert their dominance on the national stage. We like UCONN in blowout fashion.

Game Details

  • Game Day: Saturday, February 24, 2024
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: FOX
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