Baylor vs. Villanova odds, line: 2021 NCAA Tournament picks, March Madness Sweet 16 predictions from top model
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Reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament has become a familiar occurrence for the Baylor Bears of late, as they’ve advanced to the round five times in the last 11 competitions. But after winning the first two appearances, the team has suffered a pair of double-digit losses — including a 70-50 setback against South Carolina in 2017. The top-seeded Bears attempt to halt that slide and move on in the South Region when they battle the fifth-seeded Villanova Wildcats in the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Baylor (24-2) also lost to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 in 2014 but avenged that defeat last weekend, while Villanova (18-6) is looking to win the national championship for the third time in five Tournaments after last year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tip-off from Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is set for 5:15 p.m. ET on CBS. The Bears are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Baylor vs. Villanova odds at William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 142. Before making any Villanova vs. Baylor picks, check out the March Madness college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Baylor vs. Villanova in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Villanova vs. Baylor:
Non-conference opponents have been no match for the Bears this season, and the NCAA Tournament 2021 has been no exception. After posting eight victories over schools that don’t reside in the Big 12 by an average of 30.4 points during the regular season, Baylor defeated Hartford by 24 in the first round and followed with a 13-point triumph over Wisconsin. It had three players score 16 or more points but also played strong defense against the Badgers, limiting them to 29 points in the opening half and just 38.1 percent shooting overall from 3-point range.
A top seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, Baylor is counting on top scorer Jared Butler (16.9 points), Davion Mitchell (team-high 5.4 assists) and leading rebounder Mark Vital (6.7) to guide it to the success other No. 1 seeds have enjoyed in the Sweet 16. In the last five Tournaments, top-seeded clubs have lost only once in 16 games while going 11-4-1 against the spread. They have own a 110-29 all-time record in the round — including a 40-9 mark versus fifth-seeded squads, which bodes well for the Bears’ chances of reaching the Elite Eight for the first time since 2012.