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Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's line, picks: Advanced computer college basketball model releases selections for opening matchup

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Tuesday's matchup between the Villanova Wildcats and the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
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The Villanova Wildcats host the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in the season opener for both teams at 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Villanova is favored by 24.5 points in the nonconference tilt, while the Over-Under is set at 132 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page). 

Before making any Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's picks, you NEED to check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen HUGE returns.

The model knows Mount St. Mary's is a quality mid-major team. The Mountaineers led the NEC in defensive efficiency last season, deploying a bigger-than-average frontcourt and a slow tempo. Mount St. Mary's blocked more than 11 percent of opponent shots last season while also controlling the defensive glass and preventing free throw attempts. The team's plodding pace can also trouble the opposition, and Mount St. Mary's will undoubtedly be prepared for Villanova. 

The model also knows Villanova is loaded again. The Wildcats return several key pieces from last season's team, headlined by Big East Player of the Year Collin Gillespie. Villanova was a top-10 offensive team in the sport a year ago, ranking near the top of the heap in shooting efficiency and firmly within the top five in turnover avoidance. On defensive, Villanova was a top-three group in the Big East, and the Wildcats have a clear talent edge in this matchup.

Now, it has set its sights on Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's. We can tell you the model is leaning over the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any college basketball picks.

Who wins Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's spread you should be all over Tuesday, all from the model on a roll on college basketball picks!

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