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Villanova vs. Xavier - 1/18/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Xavier at Villanova
Date & Time Friday January 18, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Villanova -10.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
FS1
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The Xavier Musketeers and Villanova Wildcats meet Friday in college basketball action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Xavier Musketeers look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 73.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Paul Scruggs is averaging 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while Naji Marshall is averaging 13.2 points and 3.2 assists. Quentin Goodin is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Hankins is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have lost three of their last four road games.

The Villanova Wildcats look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 75.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Phil Booth is averaging 18.2 points and 3.7 assists while Eric Paschall is averaging 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. Collin Gillespie is the third double-digit scorer and Saddiq Bey is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats have won four straight home games.

The Musketeers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 18-7 ATS in their last 25 home games and 36-17 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Musketeers are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Villanova and 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The under is 10-4 in Musketeers last 14 overall. The under is 12-3-2 in Wildcats last 17 overall.

There's been a lot of blowouts over the years when Villanova and Xavier meet, which is why the favorite has covered 11 of the last 12 meetings. The Villanova Wildcats are playing their best ball of the season during this five-game winning streak, as they're shooting 48.3 percent from the field and winning by an average of 10.2 points. The Xavier Musketeers have been horrible offensively on the road this season and are just 2-4-1 ATS in non-home games. Based on the history and the improved play from Villanova, I have to lay the chalk with the Wildcats.

Pick:
Villanova -10.5

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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