College Basketball Picks: Xavier Musketeers vs. Villanova Wildcats

Xavier Musketeers vs. Villanova Wildcats
Monday, 2/3/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Villanova -10
Current Betting Line:  Villanova -9.5
Opening Total:  148
Current Total:  146.5
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The Villanova Wildcats are 41-10 SU when scoring 70 or more points the L2-plus seasons

The Villanova Wildcats are 41-10 SU when scoring 70 or more points the L2-plus seasons

Xavier has dropped back-to-back games, including a 68-60 setback to the Seton Hall Pirates as eight-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 144.  The Musketeers are averaging 77.5 points per game during Big East Conference play—shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 74.5 percent from the charity stripe.  Offensively, the team has three probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore guard Semaj Christon scoring 17.1 points a contest.  Xavier is 22-9 ATS as a underdog the last two-plus seasons.

The Musketeers have dropped two of three games against teams that are currently ranked, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball betting picks.  Xavier has out-rebounded 11 straight opponents and lead the Big East with a rebound margin of +6.7.  The program has dropped 16 of the last 20 meetings in this series, but did pick up a 71-66 victory in the last occurrence on Nov. 19, 2006.

Villanova has won three consecutive games, including a 90-74 victory over the Temple Owls as 10.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 153.5.  The Wildcats should be able to match the Musketeers on the glass, as they’ve got five players averaging between 4.1 and 5.9 rebounds, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The program has compiled a dominating 41-10 SU record when scoring 70 or more points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats are allowing conference opponents to score 71.4 points per game against them, but they’ve got one of the more dynamic offenses in the country.  Villanova entered its last affair with four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with guard James Bell leading the way at 15.1 points a contest.  He’s coming off a 19-point performance and has averaged 20.2 points on 49.2 percent shooting over his last five affairs.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 16-5 ATS mark in their last 21 home games.

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