Florida Gulf Coast vs Villanova Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 20 NCAA Women's Tournament Game (Eagles Win)

Florida Gulf Coast vs Villanova prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament game.
Florida Gulf Coast vs Villanova prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament game. / AP Photos/Matt Rourke

Florida Gulf Coast vs Villanova Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Women's Tournament Game
  • Florida Gulf Coast (33-3, 13-1 Away) vs. No. 10 Villanova (29-6, 12-2 Home)
  • Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Finneran Pavilion -- Villanova, PA
  • Coverage: ESPNU

The 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament continues on Monday with a second-round matchup between the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles and Villanova Wildcats. Florida Gulf Coast is aiming for its first Sweet 16 spot in school history, while Villanova is hoping to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.

Florida Gulf Coast is coming off a 74-63 upset victory over Washington State as Sha Carter balled out with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Meanwhile, Villanova pulled away from Cleveland State in a 79-56 first-round win thanks to Maddy Siegrist's 35 points. Which team will advance with a win on Monday?

Florida Gulf Coast vs Villanova Odds & Spread

Villanova enters this contest as a moderate favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 134.5 points with the under favored at -115 odds.

Florida Gulf Coast vs Villanova Prediction & Pick

Washington State was the first ranked team Florida Gulf Coast played all season, but that didn't faze the Eagles one bit. A 30-point third quarter provided them the separation needed to secure a big victory. Keep in mind Florida Gulf Coast has now won 15 consecutive games dating back to January.

There's a lot to like about the Eagles' chances of pulling off another upset. FGCU is balanced, ranking 18th in points per game (77.9) and 20th in points allowed per game (56.0). Road environments don't scare the Eagles, either, as they average more points in away games (82.0) than home games (76.3).

The 2023 NCAA Women's Tourmament has been full of surprising upsets, so back another one here.

Final Score Prediction: Florida Gulf Coast: 69 | Villanova: 67

Florida Gulf Coast vs Villanova Best Bet

FGCU leads the country in three-pointers per game (11.6) and ranks eighth in three-point shooting percentage (37.6%). The Eagles' ability to hit shots from beyond the arc will play a huge role tonight as Villanova allows an opponent three-point percentage of 33.3% (No. 292 in NCAA). It's a mismatch.

Tishara Morehouse and Alyza Winston have an opportunity to let it rain from deep in this showdown.

Bet: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles +6.5 (-110)

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