Tournament to be played at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Josh Hart and No. 2 Villanova are in the midst of a magical ride that has lasted nearly a full year. The Wildcats can continue their impressive run of domination Saturday when they face Creighton in the Big East tournament title game at Madison Square Garden.
Hart lifted the Wildcats past Seton Hall on Friday with an offensive rebound that he converted into a dramatic three-point play with under 10 seconds remaining. The win – its 36th in the last 39 games – moved No. 1 seed Villanova within one victory of its second league tournament title in the last three years. The Wildcats lost to Seton Hall in the championship game last season but of course went on to win the national title behind Hart, Kris Jenkins and Jalen Brunson, among others. This year’s squad has dreams of back-to-back national championships but must not overlook the Bluejays, who nipped Xavier in the final seconds on Friday behind Marcus Foster’s decisive 3-pointer.
TV: 5:30 p.m. ET, Fox
LINE HISTORY: The line is currently off the board. Check out the complete line history here.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Creighton (-9.2) – Villanova (-18.5) + neutral site (0) = Villanova -9.3
WHAT SHARPS SAY: “The No. 1 seed in this tourney, Villanova has dominated Creighton of late, winning and covering each of the last four match-ups in this series. In addition, defending national champions are 8-3 SU and ATS in conference title games the following season. It all looks good for the Wildcats until you notice the Blue Jays’ sterling 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS mark in conference championship games, including 4-0 SU and ATS as an underdog. Something’s got to give.” – Covers Expert Marc Lawrence
ABOUT CREIGHTON: The Bluejays received 21 points apiece from Foster and freshman center Justin Patton on Friday and hit 13-of-20 3-pointers as a team in a cofidence-boosting win. Creighton has been inconsistent since losing point guard Maurice Watson Jr. to a season-ending knee injury in January, although three of four since a loss at Villanova. Patton shot 10-of-13 from the field in the semifinals and has shot at least 50 percent in every game this season except for one. Additionally, the Bluejays have struggled at in this matchup over the years, dropping the previous six meetings, going 1-5 against the spread in the process.
ABOUT VILLANOVA: The Wildcats on Friday shot under 42 percent from the field and went 5-of-19 from the arc while missing seven of their 17 foul shots in their lowest scoring game of the season. “I think we got outplayed tonight. We just found ways at the end. Great players make great plays,” said coach Jay Wright, whose team needs Jenkins in particular to return to form. The senior forward is 7-of-34 from 3-point range over the last five games and he followed up his season-high 24-point effort in the quarterfinals with a four-point effort – his second-lowest total of the year – in the semis.
* Villanova is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Creighton 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a SU win.
* Under is 5-1 in Creighton’s last five games overall.
* Under is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings.
Check out a complete list of hot and cold trends here.
COVERS CONSENSUS: There is currently no consensus data, check back later for a full update or click here for the complete consensus analysis.