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

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round Pittsburgh-Delaware at Villanova
Mar 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats forward Nnanna Njoku (22) walks off the court after defeating the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament Second Round: No. 2 Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes

How to Watch:

  • Date: Sunday, March 20
  • Time: 2:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

Big East Conference Big Ten
27-7 Record 20-11
72.6 (150th) Points Per Game 73.8 (115th)
63.1 Points Allowed Per Game 68.5
0.6394 (6th) RPI 0.5731 (54th)
16th Strength of Schedule 22nd
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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, 1.0 SPG


Ohio State leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell (32) dribbles the ball while Penn State Nittany Lions forward Seth Lundy (1) defends in the second half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • E.J. Liddell, F, JR: 19.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.6 BPG, 37.6% 3PT
  • Malaki Branham, G, FR: 13.3 points, 3.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 42.5% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • OSU Moneyline: +185
  • NOVA Moneyline: -225
  • Spread: Nova -5
  • Over/Under: 132
  • ATS Record: NOVA 17-16-1, OSU 16-15
  • Over/Under Record: NOVA 17-17, OSU 18-13

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The Pick:

  • 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.  They have four players who average double-digits and make the 25th-most three-pointers per game in the nation at a 36.4% mark as a team.
  • That could be an issue for the Buckeyes who finished 209th in three-point defense. They do, however, also shoot well from behind the arc, ranking 27th this year after shooting 37.3% from deep. Yet, they were atrocious in round one, shooting just 1-15 from three (6.7%).
  • The Buckeyes’ defense carried them through the first round as they held a good Loyola-Chicago team to 41 points on 26.8% shooting. It was an uncharacteristic performance as the Buckeyes defense ranks 108th on the season, so it might not be a good bet to assume they can play like that twice in a row.
  • This will likely be a slow game since the Wildcats are 345th in the country in adjusted tempo and the Buckeyes are 287th. With both teams usually shooting well from three, this could be a grind-it-out game that comes down to who can hit and stop the three more often.

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