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Providence Friars vs. Xavier Musketeers - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Xavier Musketeers (12-6) at Providence Friars (14-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)

The Line: Providence Friars -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports Networks

The Xavier Musketeers will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the Providence Friars this Thursday night.

The Xavier Musketeers improved to 12-6 (3-3 Big East) on the season after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 62-58 this past Saturday. Xavier shot 44.9% from the floor and outscored Marquette by a 40-27 margin in the second half in the victory. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Matt Stainbrook who had 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Xavier is ranked 31st in the RPI Standings and has played the 28th ranked SOS. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Matt Stainbrook (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Trevon Bluiett (12.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Xavier is averaging 77.8 ppg (ranked 21st) on 49.2% shooting (ranked 12th). The Musketeers average 17.1 apg (ranked 11th) and shot 37.0% as a team from beyond the arc (ranked 69th). Xavier is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 229th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 243rd). The Musketeers have a turnover margin of 1.8 (ranked 73rd) and pull down 34.78 rpg (ranked 180th).

Providence Friars vs. Xavier Musketeers - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Providence Friars improved to 14-5 (4-2 Big East) on the season after beating the Creighton Bluejays 74-65 this past Saturday. Providence shot 42.9% (6-14) form beyond the arc and outrebounded Creighton by a 35-25 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Friars was Kris Dunn who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Providence is ranked 22nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 30th ranked SOS. On the season, the Friars have been led by LaDontae Henton (21.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 spg) and Kris Dunn (14.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 7.6 apg, 2.6 spg). Offensively, Providence is averaging 69.4 ppg (ranked 133rd) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 121st). The Friars average 14.7 apg (ranked 60th) and have a 1.25 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 52nd). Defensively, Providence is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg (ranked 105th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 125th). The Friars average 5.4 bpg (ranked 18th) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 93rd).

The Musketeers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Friars are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. the Big East.

Xavier needed a big second half against Marquette to get the win however still have only won 2 of their last 5 contests. Providence is a very tough home team and I think they have the size and defensive to slow down this high scoring Xavier offense. I’m taking Providence at home to cover this small spread.   

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Providence Friars -1.5

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