03/23 04:25 PM PT / 7:25 PM ET
CB (871) WEST VIRGINIA VS (872) VILLANOVA
Take: (872) VILLANOVA
Reason: The loss of so many top seeds has really opened up the field for just about any team to win this year’s NCAA Championship. However, the favorite now has to be Villanova. Villanova has 32 wins and won the Big East Tourmament. They opened NCAA with wins over Radford by 26 points and Alabama by 23 points. They have covered four of their five games in the tournaments, despite being double digit favorites in four of the five. West Virginia lost to Kansas in the Big 12 Tourney, 70-81. The Mountaineers then beat Murray State and Marshall in the NCAA tourney. Now they face arguably the best team left of the 16 in the tournament. Villanova has a very balanced scoring team, with six players averaging in double figures. It just follows that the Wildcats are the nation’s top scoring team with such talent on their club. West Virginia has to hope their defense can contain the nation’s top offense, because they can’t get into a scoring match with Villanova. Personally, I don’t see West Virginia containing this club and with Villanova laying just five points, that to me is a bargain. I’m playing Villanova.