Villanova vs. Xavier - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (11-5) at Villanova Wildcats (15-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -9.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Villanova Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers face off on Wednesday at The Pavilion in Big East college basketball action.
The Villanova Wildcats are 15-1 this season and ranked number eight in the nation and have started Big East play at 3-1. Villanova is averaging 77.1 points and they are shooting 47.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Darrun Hilliard is averaging 13.5 points per game to lead the Wildcats. Dylan Ennis is averaging 10.4 points, JayVaughn Pinkston is averaging 10.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, Daniel Ochefu is averaging 10.1 points and 8.7 rebounds, and Josh Hart is averaging 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. Villanova is 8-0 at home this season.
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The Xavier Musketeers are 11-5 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. XU is averaging 79 points and they are shooting 49.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.6 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Trevon Bluiett leads the Musketeers averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, Remy Abell is averaging 10.1 points, and Dee Davis is averaging 9.9 points. Xavier is 9-0 at home this season and 2-2 in Big East play.
Villanova is 22-9 against the spread in their last 31 home games, 39-17 against the spread following a win, and 48-23 against the spread in their last 71 games. Xavier is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 27-13 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage better than .600.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total which is at 142.5 making the over an easy choice. I also have a pick on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.