Villanova at Xavier Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 10, 2017 in

The second-ranked Villanova Wildcats (23-2, 10-2 Big East) head to Cincinnati to take on the #24 Xavier Musketeers (18-6, 8-3 Big East) in a conference showdown on Saturday afternoon. Villanova shrugged off a two-point loss at Marquette by beating then-#12 Virginia and then winning three straight in conference play, including a 75-64 win over Georgetown on Tuesday. Xavier went through a tough stretch early in conference play (including a 79-54 rout by this same Villanova team) but have won four in a row now, including an 82-80 win at Creighton and most recently a 72-61 home win over DePaul on Wednesday. Once you’ve finished reading our prediction for this game, look at all of our college basketball odds for this week’s games.

Villanova at Xavier Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:30 PM ET
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati
TV: Fox
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Villanova / Xavier
NCAAB Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Wildcats?

Josh Hart was the hero once again for Villanova in their win over Georgetown. Hart put up 25 points but found himself ice-cold during the middle of a Hoya run that put the game in doubt. He went 0-for- 7 to open the second half, but he made some crucial free throws late and added three steals and two assists. Donte DiVincenzo showed the depth on the Villanova roster, scoring 11 of his 15 points after halftime. This is the first game in a three-game road swing for the Wildcats, who will play at DePaul and Seton Hall before going back to the Pavilion. Can they maintain the necessary concentration to take down a talented Xavier team on the road?

Why should you put your money on the Musketeers?

Villanova stumbled hard in the second half against a lowly Georgetown team — going into the halftime locker room up 15 but then giving up a 17-4 run late in the second half to let the Hoyas crawl back to a 60-58 deficit with just 3:49 remaining on the clock. If they do that again, Xaver will definitely take advantage, especially at home. Trevor Bluiett led the way for Xavier against DePaul, putting up 20 points for the fifth time in his last six games. Despite 19 turnovers on the night, Xavier relied heavily on Bluiett (who has a sprained ankle) and on their inside game, as they pulled down 13 offensive boards and won the rebounding battle 37-22 overall. They also knocked down five of their first seven three-pointers to open the game, getting off to a fast start — something that could give Villanova fits.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the solid play that Villanova brings night in and night out, but I think Xavier will be the hungrier team, trying to climb the rankings in front of their home crowd. I’m predicting a final score of Xavier 74, Villanova 72.