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How and what to watch for No. 12 Villanova vs. No. 17 Texas

The Wildcats and Longhorns will face off in the Big East-Big 12 challenge on Sunday afternoon.

Villanova Wildcats forward Cole Swider, forward Eric Dixon and guard Justin Moore react after a play against the Hartford Hawks in the second half at Mohegan Sun Arena.  David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The 12th-ranked Villanova Wildcats will take on the undefeated 17th-ranked Texas Longhorns in the Big East-Big 12 challenge Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET in Austin, TX.

The Wildcats (3-1) are coming into this ranked matchup off of a dominating 87-53 victory over the Hartford Hawks earlier this week. The Wildcats had six players in double figures, with guard Justin Moore leading the way with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. As a team, Villanova shot the ball much better than Hartford from the field and from behind the arc.

The Wildcats shot 52.3 percent from their field, while they held the Hawks to only 38.5 percent shooting. Then, when it comes to three-point shooting, Nova shot a sizzling 40.5 percent (15-of-37), while Hartford could only knockdown 7-of-23 for 30.4 percent. We know that if three-ball is falling for any Jay Wright team that is good news.

As for the Longhorns, they are rolling with victories over the UNC and Indiana Hoosiers in back-to-back games this week. In their game against UNC, Texas squeezed out a 69-67 win, thanks to guard Matt Coleman, who knocked down a game-winning basket with 00.1 seconds remaining in second half.

Coleman finished as the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. Just like Wildcats, Texas shot the ball well from distance, converting on 40.9 percent of their attempts, while UNC shot a horrid 11.1 percent. Looking at how these two teams matchup on Sunday, it is going to come down to who does better from behind the arc and controls the glass.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Villanova vs. Texas on Sunday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can watch via WatchESPN with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Villanova (-2.5) vs. Texas
Point Total: N/A
Money line: Villanova (-148) Texas (+120)

Betting splits (point spread)

Villanova: 79% handle, 62% bets
Texas: 21% handle, 38% bets

The Best Bet

Looking at this line for Sunday’s game, it tells me that we are in almost pick’em territory. Nova’s only loss on the season came against Va Tech, who they should’ve defeated. In the three games they won, Villanova is shooting 36.2 percent from three-point range. But the Longhorns are doing a great job defending the three-point line, only allowing teams to shoot 29.4 percent.

Pick: Texas (+2.5)

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