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Xavier vs. Villanova - 2/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Villanova at Xavier
Date & Time Sunday February 24, 2019, 1:30 PM (EST)
Cintas Center
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Villanova Wildcats -6 -- O/U: 137.5
TV Channel
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The Villanova Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers meet in Big East college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Villanova Wildcats come into this game looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 85-73 loss to Georgetown in their last outing. Phil Booth led the Wildcats with 26 points while Eric Paschall chipped in 16 points and Collin Gillespie added 13 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Villanova in the losing effort. Saddiq Bey added 9 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds and 5 assists as well in the loss for the Wildcats. Booth leads Villanova with an average of 18.6 points and 3.8 assists per game while Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree leads the Wildcats on the glass with 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Villanova is averaging 75.7 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

The Xavier Musketeers will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 70-69 win over Seton Hall last time out. Naji Marshall led the Musketeers with 28 points on 11 of 23 shooting with 5 threes, 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists while Tyrique Jones added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the double-double and Zach Hankins chipped in 10 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Xavier in the winning effort. Marshall leads Xavier in scoring with 14.3 points per game while Jones leads the Musketeers on the glass with 7.7 rebounds per game and Quentin Goodin leads Xavier in assists with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 72 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

Villanova is 35-16 ATS in their last 51 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the under is 17-8-2 in their last 27 games overall. Xavier is 5-11-3 ATS in their last 19 home games and 7-15-2 ATS in their last 24 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Villanova is 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Xavier.

Getting points with a home dog is always tempting but the fact is that Xavier isn’t the most consistent team to back at home. There’s also the fact that Villanova has downright owned the Musketeers over the years, covering in 11 of the last 12 meetings. Xavier is the team in better form over the last week, but Villanova needs a bounce back performance with a date with Marquette on deck for top spot in the conference, so I’ll lay the points with Villanova here.

Villanova -6

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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