Villanova vs. Houston odds, prediction: Cougars can dominate

The Houston Cougars have been a dominant force throughout the tournament and have come into a world of momentum following their comfortable 72-60 win over single-seeded Arizona.

Elite Eight: No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 5 Houston

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J'Wan Roberts Houston Cougars celebrates.
J’Wan Roberts celebrates as Houston defeats Arizona.
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Houston (-2.5) over Villanova

Analytics has been trying to tell us all season that the Cougars are one of the best teams in the country. Now it’s obvious to everyone. Beginning on the run to the AAC tournament title, Houston has won its last six games by double digits, including an 18-point win over Memphis, a 15-point win over Illinois, and a 12-point win over top-seeded Arizona. Despite missing several checkers in last year’s Final Four run, the Cougars remain elite on both ends of the floor and unstoppable on the offensive glass, where Villanova has little hope of stopping second chances.

After calming down the more explosive Arizona offense, Houston’s elite perimeter defense will choke out Jay Wright’s 3-point dependent attack, which has shot just 32 percent in the last two games. If back-to-back Big East player of the year Collin Gillespie comes in with less than 100 percent – after suffering a knee injury late in the Wildcats’ Sweet 16 win – Villanova could struggle to keep the deficit in the single digits. Villanova vs. Houston odds, prediction: Cougars can dominate


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