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Xavier vs. Providence - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (16-5) at Xavier Musketeers (14-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 1

The Providence Friars and Xavier Musketeers meet Saturday at the Cintas Center.

The Providence Friars have won five of their last seven games and are chasing a Big East crown. On the season, Providence is averaging 70 points on 44.8 percent shooting and is allowing 64.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting. LaDontae Henton is averaging 20.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 15.3 points and 7.5 assists. Tyler Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Carson Desrosiers is grabbing five rebounds. The Providence Friars have five players averaging at least 5.2 points, and they’re shooting 69.6 percent from the line and 30.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Providence is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in four of its last six games.

Xavier vs. Providence - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Xavier Musketeers hope to turn things around after losing five of their last eight games. On the season, Xavier is averaging 77.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 69.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds while Trevon Bluiett is averaging 12 points and two assists. Myles Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Reynolds is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers have seven players averaging at least 5.6 points, and they’re shooting 73.2 percent from the line and 33.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Xavier is allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 76 or more points in four of its last seven games.

The Friars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Musketeers are 29-13 ATS in their last 42 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big East. 

Not sure how the Providence Friars are such heavy underdogs here when they're the better overall team with the better player. Sure, Xavier has crushed the numbers on their home court, but the Friars are a legit Big East contender tthat could easily win outright. Take the points here with confidence. 

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Providence Friars +7.5

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