Xavier Musketeers vs. Villanova Wildcats - 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 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The top ranked Villanova Wildcats visit the #8 Xavier Musketeers on Wednesday.
The Villanova Wildcats have reached #1 in the nation and now have a Bull’s Eye on their backs. The Wildcats seem unfazed with seven consecutive double digit victories behind solid efforts at both ends of the floor. That trend continued in a 72-60 win versus Providence as a 4.5 point road favorite. Nova jumped to a 12 point lead and traded baskets the rest of the way. The Friars were held to just 33% from the field while Villanova hit at 45% which added up to nine more baskets. Darryl Reynolds paced the Wildcats with 19 points and ten rebounds with Ryan Arcidiacono tossing in 16. Josh Hart added 14 points and 13 rebounds while Kris Jenkins followed with ten points and ten boards.
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The #8 Xavier Musketeers will be heading to the Big Dance and the more wins they get the higher the seed. The Musketeers can score and defend and have done both in winning eight of nine capped off by an 88-70 rout of Georgetown as a 2.5 point road favorite on Saturday. Xavier led by a basket at the break before owning the second half 53-37 behind nearly 54% shooting an 18 more free throws. The Hoyas mustered 41% from the field but were unable to compete at the foul line. Edmond Sumner led all scorers with 22 points on 6-9 with James Farr adding 14 points and five yanks. Trevon Bluiett netted 13 points and logged five pulls while Remy Abell and JP Macura combined for 20 points.
Villanova are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Wednesday games and the over is 28-11-2 in their last 41 road games while the Wildcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big East. Xavier are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games overall and are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games. This looks like one of those games where you watch and not bet…