Villanova vs Delaware: 2022 NCAA Tournament South Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament-Creighton vs Villanova
Mar 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Collin Gillespie (2) celebrates with guard Caleb Daniels (14) during the second half against the Creighton Bluejays at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 2 Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 15 Delaware Blue Hens

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

No. 2 NOVA STAT No. 15 DEL
Big East Conference Colonial Athletic
26-7 Record 22-12
72.6 (150th) Points Per Game 73.8 (177th)
63.1 Points Allowed Per Game 69.9
0.6394 (6th) RPI 0.54 (103rd)
16th Strength of Schedule 204th
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Villanova leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Wildcats guard Collin Gillespie (2) drives to the basket as St. John’s Red Storm guard Julian Champagnie (2) defends during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
  • Collin Gillespie, G, SR: 16.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 42.8% 3PT
  • Justin Moore, G, JR: 15.0 points, 5.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.o SPG

Delaware leaders:

  • Jameer Nelson Jr., G, JR. – 13.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.6 SPG
  • Dylan Painter, F, SR. – 11.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 38.1% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • NOVA Moneyline: -1750
  • DEL Moneyline: +950
  • Spread: NOVA -15.5
  • Over/Under: 133.5
  • ATS Record: NOVA 16-16-1, DEL 15-18
  • Over/Under Record: NOVA 16-17, DEL 18-15

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • This game is a mismatch in so many ways. The Wildcats are one of the more complete teams in the tournament, ranking 11th in KenPom’s ratings with the 8th-rated offense and 29th-rated defense. That will be a tall order for the Blue Hens, who are rated 145th but have the 221st-rated defense.
  • It’s hard to envision a way in which the Blue Hens can slow down a Wildcats team that has four players in double-digits make the 25th-most three-pointers per game in the nation, behind a 36.4% mark as a team.
  • The Wildcats are not a great rebounding team, but this isn’t the matchup where that’s going to bite them; however, it will likely be a slow game since the Wildcats are 345th in the country in adjusted tempo and the Blue Hens are 200th.
  • Lastly, this will be the first tournament game for Delaware’s Jameer Nelson Jr., whose father made a name for himself in the Big Dance decades ago.

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