Providence vs. Xavier - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Xavier Musketeers (19-10) at Providence Friars (17-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Dunkin' Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -4 -- Over/Under: 132
The Xavier Musketeers and Providence Friars meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Xavier Musketeers look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 70.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Naji Marshall is averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while Tyrique Jones is averaging 13.9 points and 11.2 rebounds. Paul Scruggs is the third double-digit scorer and Quentin Goodin is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won four of their last five road games.
The Providence Friars look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Providence Friars are averaging 70.4 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Alpha Diallo is averaging 13.6 points and 7.9 rebounds while David Duke is averaging 11.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Luwane Pipkins is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Watson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Providence Friars are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars have won four of their last five home games.
The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Providence Friars have probably been the more impressive team these last couple of weeks and they win at home by an average of 13.6 points. However, the Xavier Musketeers were a team I was high on before the season and they're finally starting to put some consistency together. You can make a case both of these teams are similar in terms of production and their rank in the Big East, but Xavier has more upside. Give me the free points with the Xavier Musketeers, a game they could win outright.