Villanova vs. Xavier - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (12-0) at Villanova Wildcats (10-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Xavier Musketeers and Villanova Wildcats square off New Year’s Eve at The Pavilion.
The Xavier Musketeers look for their third road win to build on their 12-0 start to the year. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 81.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 63.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while Edmond Sumner is averaging 11.7 points and 3.3 assists. Myles Davis is dishing three assists and James Farr is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. Xavier is allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.9 turnovers per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won six of their last eight road games.
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The Villanova Wildcats look for a statement win after winning three of their last five games. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 76.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 59.1 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Ryan Arcidiacono is averaging 11.9 points and 4.4 assists. Jalen Brunson is dishing 3.3 assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. Villanova is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Villanova Wildcats haven’t lost a home game since January of 2014. Kris Jenkins is questionable with a knee injury.
The Musketeers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Wildcats are 38-14 ATS in their last 52 home games and 52-23-1 ATS in their last 76 games overall. The Musketeers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Villanova simply does not lose on its home court. Or at least we haven't seen it in quite some time. I also think the Wildcats are deeper than the Musketeers and should get the job done at home.