No. 5 Houston has convinced the betting market it is for real, as the Cougars opened as 2-point favorites and have bet to -2.5 over No. 2 Villanova, per Elite Eight odds for Saturday’s game in San Antonio. Circa Sports in Las Vegas hung Houston -2 moments after Kelvin Sampson’s group eliminated Arizona on Thursday night. By Friday morning, most sportsbooks are dealing -2.5, although Caesars offers -2 for chalk bettors.
The total was adjusted downward at Circa in early wagering, from 128.5 to 128, and we’re seeing the number range from 127.5 to 128.5 as of this Friday update.
NCAAB · Sat (3/26) @ 6:11pm ET
|AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX|
Nova’s Coaching Pedigree, Houston Streaking
Villanova’s 63-55 win as a 5-point favorite over Michigan marked its third cover in its three NCAA Tournament games. Jermaine Samuels led the way with 22 points for the Wildcats at AT&T Center in San Antonio.
In same building in 2018, Villanova beat Michigan for the national championship.
This marks Nova’s fifth trip to the Elite Eight under Jay Wright.
The Wildcats, though, have not necessarily played up to their competition this season, going just 1-3-1 against the spread when priced as the underdogs.
Houston has six straight wins and covers and has won 12 of its last 13 games, failing to cash just twice in that run. The Cougars look to for their third consecutive win over a higher ranked opponent in this tournament, having already knocked off No. Illinois and Arizona.