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Xavier vs. Georgetown - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgetown at Xavier
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 6:30 PM (EST)
Location
Cintas Center
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 153
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | Georgetown at Xavier
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The Georgetown Hoyas will travel to the Cintas Center to take on the Xavier Musketeers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Georgetown Hoyas had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-4 (1-1 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the St. John’s Red Storm, 97-94 in OT, this past Saturday. Georgetown allowed St. John’s to go on a 4-0 run over the final :14 seconds of regulation to force overtime, and couldn’t fight back after the Red Storm took a 96-90 lead in overtime with just 1:15 remaining. Georgetown outrebounded St. John’s by a 47-32 margin, however, allowed the Red Storm to shoot 52.2% from the field & 40.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hoyas was Jessie Govan who had a double-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

On the season, Georgetown is averaging 83.3 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Hoyas are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hoyas has been Jessie Govan (18.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.1 bpg), James Akinjo (14.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.4 apg), Mac McClung (12.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Josh LeBlanc (10.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, Georgetown is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Hoyas have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The Xavier Musketeers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 9-7 (0-2 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the 16th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles, 70-52, this past Sunday. Xavier had no answers for the Marquette defense throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after an 11-0 Golden Eagles run gave Marquette a 48-28 lead with 11:40 left in regulation. Xavier shot just 31.5% from the field & 7.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Naji Marshall who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block.

On the season, Xavier is averaging 73.6 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Musketeers are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Xavier has been led by Naji Marshall (13.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Paul Scruggs (12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Quentin Goodin (12.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), and Tyrique Jones (9.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Xavier is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Musketeers have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Hoyas are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Musketeers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big East opponents and 2-8-3 ATS in their last 13 home games.

Georgetown is going to be a tough team in the Big East this season as although their defense, which ranks just 291st in scoring defense, can give up some points, their offense has been solid as they rank 28th in scoring offense & 86th in FT%. Xavier has struggled agianst tougher competition, dropping games to Missouri, Seton Hall, & Marquette over the past two weeks, and have been nothing more than average on both sides of the ball as they rank 192nd in scoring offense & T-170th in scoring defense.

Xavier has played well at home this season, posting a 7-2 record, however, the Musketeers haven’t shown that they can beat quality teams this season as they are 0-6 against teams that are currently in the top-80 in the RPI standings. Georgetown should have an advantage on both the offensive end and on the boards and as the Hoyas were extremely impressive on the road recently in an 84-76 win, I think Georgetown does enough here with the points to cover. Good Luck!

Pick:
Georgetown Hoyas +4.5

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