Villanova at Xavier - 2/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (24-3) at Xavier Musketeers (24-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Villanova Wildcats and Xavier Musketeers meet Wednesday night at the Cintas Center.
The Villanova Wildcats look to build on their solid seven-game winning streak. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 76.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 61.5 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds while Ryan Arcidiacono is averaging 12 points and 4.3 assists. Kris Jenkins is dishing 2.1 assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats have won eight straight road games.
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The Xavier Musketeers look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 80 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Edmond Sumner is averaging 11.4 points and 3.2 assists. Myles Davis is dishing 3.9 assists and James Farr is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Musketeers are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won 15 of their last 18 home games.
The Wildcats are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Wednesday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big East. The Musketeers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win. The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Xavier should be highly motivated to get this game after getting waxed by Villanova on New Years Eve. These teams are even in my eyes, and I like that the Musketeers are at home. In a toss up game, I'm siding with the home team.