Villanova vs Xavier Free NCAAB Picks
This Wednesday, the Villanova Wildcats head west to take on the Xavier Musketeers in Big East play. The top-ranked Wildcats (24-3) are also atop the Big East standings and knocked off Butler at home on Saturday, 77-67. The #8 Musketeers (24-3) are tied for first in the Big East with Villanova and beat Georgetown on the road on Saturday, 88-70. Get the updated NCAAB online betting lines here.
Villanova Wildcats vs Xavier Musketeers Free NCAAB Picks
When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH
Radio: Xavier Musketeers Radio Network
Live Stream: GoXavier.com
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Musketeers?
When the two teams met back on December 31 in Philadelphia, Villanova ran away with the game, 95-64. However, Edmund Sumner went out of the game when it was just two minutes old, paving the way for an easy Villanova win. Since then, the Musketeers have been biding their time, knocking off conference opponent after opponent. Now they sit seven spots back in the AP top 25 rankings but are poised to take over the conference lead with the home win. Their 53 points in the second half against Georgetown show that they can take their offense to a higher gear.
Why should you put your money on Villanova?
When you’re the #1 team in the nation, you have a target on your back night in and night out. That brings a lot of pressure on the top team, and Josh Hart had been struggling offensively as a result. However, when Butler came to town, those struggles vanished. Hart put up 22 points and 12 boards, while Kris Jenkins poured in 20 more. Villanova has won seven straight and are poised to take the Big East regular season title and the top seed in the tournament. Even against a grinding team like Butler, Villanova was able to impose their will in the second half and take the win.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Xavier to hold firm on their home court and take over first place from Vlilanova. I’m picking them to win, 72-68.