Oklahoma vs. Villanova Prediction, Game Preview

    Oklahoma vs. Villanova prediction and game preview for when the Sooners go up against the Wildcats in the Pearl Harbor Game.

    December 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma Sooners will head to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to take on the Villanova Wildcats in Bloch Arena for the Pearl Harbor Game. Below is the Oklahoma vs. Villanova prediction and game preview.

    Team 1 vs. Team 2 Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Monday, Dec. 7
    Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
    Venue: Bloch Arena, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
    Network: FS1

    Why You Need To Care

    Well, aside from the fact that it’s a game dedicated to honoring the lives lost in one of the most tragic incidents in our country’s history, it’s also a matchup of top-10 competitors.

    The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners are 5-0 coming into this one, having taken down their opponents by an average of 25.6 points. The last one to run up against Oklahoma was a Central Arkansas team that was lit up 111-68 by the Sooners.

    Across the court is the No. 8 Villanova Wildcats, who are also sporting an unbeaten record at 7-0 so far this season. Villanova picked up four home wins to open the season before beating Stanford and Georgia Tech on neutral sites. The Wildcats’ last game ended with an 86-72 win on the road against St. Joseph’s.

    The Sooners are averaging 88.2 points per game compared to the Wildcats’ 79 points per game, so let’s see how this one shakes out over in Hawaii.

    Why Oklahoma Will Win

    Buddy Hield has been on fire with an average of 21.4 points per game. He’s shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from three. The Sooners need him to have another big game in this one. Ryan Spangler is also going to have to come up big. He’s the only Sooner close to averaging a double-double (12.6 points and 9.4 rebounds), and he’ll have to do work on the boards. If Oklahoma shoots the three ball as well as it’s been shooting at 44.6 percent, it’ll be tough to beat.

    Why Villanova Will Win

    The Wildcats need to find a way to slow down Hield, but on top of that, they need someone to match his scoring output. Josh Hart leads Villanova with 15.3 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting. Hart will need to find his stroke early in this one. The Wildcats need to play tight defense and help out if someone gets beaten off the dribble. The Sooners don’t share the ball as well as most teams with only 83 assists so far this season. So, if Villanova can close out well, force some ill-advised shots and rotate when it has to, the Wildcats will be a in a good position to win this one.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Both teams actually seem pretty evenly matched against each other, but it seems like Hield is going to end up being the difference in this one. Oklahoma will sink or swim with him this season, and against the Wildcats, Hield will be the Sooners’ life raft. He’ll get his offensively, the Sooners will shoot well from three-point range as a team, and Villanova will fall just short.

    Oklahoma vs. Villanova Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    Oklahoma 83, Villanova 80

    Line: Villanova -3.5, o/u: 143.5

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