Xavier vs. Providence - 2/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Providence Friars (19-7) at Xavier Musketeers (22-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -9 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
The Xavier Musketeers and the Providence Friars face off on Wednesday in Big East college basketball action.
The Xavier Musketeers are 22-3 this season and they have won six of their last seven games. Xavier is averaging 79.5 points per game and they are shooting 45.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points per game and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Trevon Bluett leads the Musketeers averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Edmond Sumner is averaging 10.9 points, Myles Davis is averaging 10.6 points, and James Farr is averaging 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. Xavier is 12-1 at home and 10-3 in the Big East.
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The Providence Friars are 19-7 this season and they are coming off of a win over Georgetown that ended a three game losing skid. Providence is averaging 74.1 points per game and they are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent. Ben Bentil leads the Friars averaging 20.4 points per game. Kris Dunn is averaging 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.6 assists, Rodney Bullock is averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, and Jalen Lindsey is averaging 6.3 points. Providence is 6-2 on the road and 7-6 in the Big East.
Xavier is 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games, 15-6 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record, and 9-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Providence is 10-1 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record, 9-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 0-4 against the spread against the Big East. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two teams.
I expect there to be plenty of points in this one so my free pick is that this one goes over the total.