Villanova vs. Baylor Predictions & Sweet 16 Picks: Bears Look Set To Cover

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s game between No. 5 Villanova and No. 1 Baylor
Tom Dodd
Mon, March 22, 8:08 AM EDT

Villanova vs. Baylor Predictions & Sweet 16 Picks: Bears Look Set To Cover

The famous Hinkle Fieldhouse hosts Saturday’s Sweet 16 matchup between Villanova and Baylor and we’ve already analyzed the early odds and best bets for the game.

Both teams come into the fixture off the back of easy wins in their round 2 matchups and confidence will be high in both camps with a place in the Elite Eight up for grabs on Saturday afternoon. As we reach the business end of the tournament, the big teams will clash and this looks an intriguing matchup and the first real test for Baylor; who are the current second favorites to win the Championship outright.

Villanova vs. Baylor Early Odds

As you can see from our odds grid here, the early betting lines are now live and sportsbooks are aligned that the Bears are unsurprisingly favorites. The best odds available at the moment on them are -270, whereas the best available for Villanova are +240.

Team Point Spread Moneyline
Villanova +6.5 +240
Baylor -6.5 -270

On the spread, the books have come down on 6.5 being the right opening line for the matchup. Baylor will give the 6.5 to Villanova and that looks a line worth betting at this stage. Judged by recent performances and the likely build up to the game, that line could come under pressure as we get closer to tip off. Here’s why.

Villanova vs. Baylor Against The Spread Pick

We do like the favorites Baylor to cover the 6.5 number. Baylor beat Wisconsin in round 2 by double digit points despite losing the rebound battle, this shows the dominance in other areas of their game and with more and more improvement to come with this team (now they’re over their COVID problems), they really should have too much for Villanova across the court.  With Jared Butler coming right back into form and being supported by the awesome Davion Mitchell, we’re really expecting Baylor to lay down a marker to the likes of Gonzaga on Saturday with a huge performance.

Pick: Baylor Bears – 6.5 @ -109

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