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Georgetown vs. Xavier - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Xavier at Georgetown
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Capital One Arena
Washington, DC
The Line
Georgetown Hoyas -3 -- Over/Under: 153
TV Channel
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The Xavier Musketeers will travel to Capital One Arena to take on the Georgetown Hoyas this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Xavier Musketeers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 11-10 (3-5 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the 12th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles, 87-72, this past Saturday. Xavier held a 58-47 lead with 14:10 left in the end half, however, struggled defensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after a 16-2 Golden Eagles run gave Marquette a 79-71 lead with just 2:00 minutes left in regulation. Xavier shot 50.0% from the field, however, allowed Marquette to shoot 48.3% from the field & 56.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Tyrique Jones who had a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Xavier is averaging 73.7 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Musketeers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Xavier has been led by Paul Scruggs (13.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Naji Marshall (13.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Quentin Goodin (12.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.5 spg), and Tyrique Jones (11.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg).

Defensively, Xavier is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Musketeers have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Georgetown Hoyas snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 13-7 (3-4 Big East) on the season after upsetting the St. John’s Red Storm on the road, 89-78, this past Sunday. Georgetown was impressive on both ends of the court and was able to hold of the Red Storm for the victory after taking a 67-57 lead with 8:48 left in regulation. Georgetown shot 46.9% from the field &8 48.1% from beyond the arc while holding St. John’s to just 38.2% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoyas was Mac McClung who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Georgetown is averaging 83.4 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Hoyas are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgetown has been led by Jessie Govan (19.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 bpg), Mac McClung (13.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), James Akinjo (13.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.4 apg), and Josh LeBlanc (9.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 78.4 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Hoyas have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of -1.8.

The Musketeers are 35-15-4 ATS in their last 54 Thursday games, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Hoyas are 10-21-1 ATS in their last 32 games following a straight up win and just 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 games overall.

Xavier has lost 5 of their last 7 games and comes into this game ranked 172nd in scoring offense, 67th in FG%, and 193rd in scoring defense. Georgetown has lost 4 of their last 6 games and although their offense has been explosive as they rank 21st in scoring offense & 9th in assists per game, the Hoyas have had trouble keeping opponents off the scoreboard as they currently rank just 319th in scoring defense.

Xavier is in rebuilding mode this season, however, the Musketeers still have been decent on the offense end and do have been decent on the boards this season, ranking 90th in rebound margin. Georgetown is a solid team, however, this is a team that generally has played in tight games this season although their 9-4 at home this season, their defense is a bit of a concern. These teams aren’t that far different in terms of talent in my opinion and as I think this game is going to come down to the final couple of possessions, I’m taking Xavier and the points.

Xavier Musketeers +3

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