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Seton Hall vs. Xavier - 2/20/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Xavier at Seton Hall
Date & Time Wednesday February 20, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Prudential Center
Newark, New Jersey
The Line
The Line: Seton Hall -7 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
CBSSN
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NCAA BB | Xavier at Seton Hall
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The Xavier Musketeers and Seton Hall Pirates meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Prudential Center.

The Xavier Musketeers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 72.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Naji Marshall is averaging 13.8 points and 3.4 assists while Paul Scruggs is averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Quentin Goodin is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Hankins is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have lost four of their last five road games.

The Seton Hall Pirates look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Seton Hall Pirates are averaging 74.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Myles Powell is averaging 21.9 points and 2.6 assists while Quincy McKnight is averaging 10.5 points and 2.7 rebounds. Myles Cale is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Nzei is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Seton Hall Pirates are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Seton Hall Pirates are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Seton Hall Pirates have won five of their last six home games.

The Musketeers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big East and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pirates are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big East and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Musketeers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Seton Hall and 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 Wednesday games. The under is 4-1 in Musketeers last 5 overall.

Seton Hall already beat Xavier by 10 points earlier this year, a game in which they were four-point underdogs. The Xavier Musketeers are not good on the road, as they've lost four of their last five and shoot under 43 percent from the field while losing by an average of eight points. The Seton Hall Pirates are winning by an average of 7.8 points at home this season and come into this game playing some of their best defense of the year. Seton Hall hasn't been good at all in terms of covering home games, but the same can be said about Xavier on the road. Bottom line is it's hard to back Xavier in these spots, especially with how the first meeting went down. I'll take the Pirates in a comfortable home win.

Pick:
Seton Hall -7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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