Last Updated on March 21, 2021

  • Villanova is -6 on the spread line against North Texas in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The total is set to 126.5 points.
  • Villanova is 9-3 ATS vs. teams with an above .500 record.
  • North Texas won its first NCAA Tournament game in program history against Purdue in the first round.

Entering the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Winthrop over Villanova was the trendy upset pick. Villanova avoided the upset, but Purdue wasn’t so lucky. North Texas stunned the Boilermakers in the first round and now they are looking to do the same to Villanova.

The Action Rush NCAA Tournament betting guide has the best odds, analysis, and everything else you need to know for North Texas vs. Villanova in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Betting North Texas vs. Villanova 

 

North Texas Mean Green +225 +6 (-106) 126.5 (Ov-112)
Villanova Wildcats -278 -6 (-114) 126.5 (Un-108)

The Villanova Wildcats are -6 on the spread line against the North Texas Mean Green in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova is -278 on the moneyline while North Texas is +225. The total is set to 126.5 points.

The Wildcats are 9-3 against the spread in games when they play teams that are above .500. Villanova is also 4-1 ATS this year when favored by 5-7 points.

 

 

Who is the public betting on?

Check out the latest NCAA Tournament consensus picks for Sunday action from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
#8 Loyola Chicago +7 13% 19% Over 133.0 92% 86% +255 19% 15%
#1 Illinois -7 87% 81% Under 133.0 8% 14% -315 81% 85%
#9 Wisconsin +6 32% 32% Over 137.0 84% 75% +205 24% 26%
#1 Baylor -6 68% 68% Under 137.0 16% 25% -250 76% 74%
#11 Syracuse +3.5 27% 30% Over 147.5 50% 32% +140 49% 52%
#3 West Virginia -3.5 73% 70% Under 147.5 50% 68% -167 51% 48%
#6 Texas Tech -1 44% 40% Over 140.5 75% 60% -114 42% 41%
#3 Arkansas +1 56% 60% Under 140.5 25% 40% -105 58% 59%
#10 Rutgers +8.5 61% 41% Over 131.5 52% 72% +330 50% 24%
#2 Houston -8.5 39% 59% Under 131.5 48% 28% -420 50% 76%
#15 Oral Roberts +8.5 68% 71% Over 148 41% 48% +295 82% 87%
#7 Florida -8.5 32% 29% Under 148 59% 52% -375 18% 13%
#13 North Texas +6 44% 32% Over 127 69% 84% +235 37% 28%
#5 Villanova -6 56% 68% Under 127 31% 16% -295 63% 72%
#12 Oregon State +6 44% 39% Over 141.0 47% 49% +215 82% 32%
#4 Oklahoma State -6 56% 61% Under 141.0 53% 51% -265 18% 68%

 

 

Game Breakdown

Let’s start with Villanova. There’s a reason why so many people picked Winthrop to upset the Wildcats in the first round. They are without senior point guard Collin Gillespie after he went down with a knee injury prior to the Big East Tournament. Villanova was 0-2 without Gillespie entering the Big Dance.

However, they seemed to have regained their mojo against Winthrop. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl stepped up in Gillespie’s absence, scoring 22 points, hauling in 11 rebounds, and dishing out five assists. There’s something about Villanova in the NCAA Tournament that you can’t put your finger on. Jay Wright’s teams always seem to come ready to play when the lights are bright.

As for North Texas, they took Purdue’s best punch in the first round, but wouldn’t go down. The Mean Green lean heavily on the starters and for good reason. Four different North Texas starters scored in double figures against Purdue with Javion Hamlet leading the way with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists.

Hamlet is the straw that stirs the drink for North Texas. He’s averaging 15.3 points and 4.6 assists per game. Look for North Texas to try and take advantage of this shorthanded Villanova backcourt.

 

 

North Texas & Villanova Tournament Futures Odds

The winner of North Texas and Villanova has a possible date with No. 1 Baylor in the Sweet 16. Here’s a look at the championship, Final Four, and Elite Eight futures odds for North Texas and Villanova at FanDuel Sportsbook:

To Win The Championship:
North Texas +18000
Villanova +5000

To Win The South Region:
North Texas +4000
Villanova +650

North Texas To Make The Elite Eight:
Yes +1260
No -4000

Villanova To Make The Elite Eight:
Yes +300
No -400

 

Pick: ‘Nova Handles N.Texas & Moves On

Villanova is hurting without Gillespie, but it looks like they finally figured out how to play without him. Expect Robinson-Earl to have another big game en route to a double-digit win. Villanova has been here before and won’t let North Texas pull off another upset.

The Pick: Villanova -6

Final Score Prediction: 67-57

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Danny is bringing his years of experience as a New York sportswriter to the Action Rush team. He’s spent time covering just about every professional team in New York for Elite Sports NY. Whether it’s writing, podcasting, video content, or anything in between, Danny has done it all.