Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball Big East Tournament Picks

Posted by: Mike Davis

The year’s college basketball betting action continues this Friday night with some thrilling Big East Tournament action. NCAA sports betting fans looking for a fun matchup to wager on tonight should check out the Xavier vs. Villanova basketball contest. The Wildcats are having a great season and should be able to make quick work of Xavier this evening. So what kind of bets should players make off of this tournament match? Let’s take a look at the odds to find out.

Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball – Friday, March 15th    

When: 5:30 pm ET

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

TV: Fox Sports 1

Stream: Fox Sports Go

College Basketball Betting Odds:

Xavier +6 (-110) 135 (-110) +220
Villanova -6 (-110) 135 (-110) -260
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Xavier Musketeers           

The Musketeers turned in an 18-14 record this season. Additionally, Xavier posted a 9-9 record in Big East play. In the end this led to a 4 way tie for the no. 3 spot in the conference between Seton Hall, Georgetown, Creighton, and Xavier. In the first round of the tournament Xavier ended up facing Creighton. It was a tough match for both sides but the Musketeers pulled through in the end 63-61. So how do they matchup against Villanova tonight? Surprisingly tonight’s college basketball betting odds are giving Xavier a fighting chance. Sure they’re pegged as an underdog but one expects the odds to be much more lopsided. Looking over the numbers however, it’s clear that Xavier could pull this one off. This is because they’re scoring 72.0 to Nova’s 74.6. Defensively things a bit more uneven with Xavier giving up 70.6 and the Wildcats allotting 66.9.

Players to Watch: Naji Marshall (14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.3 apg), Paul Scruggs (12.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Quentin Goodin (11.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.7 apg).

Villanova Wildcats    

The Wildcats are 23-9 so far this season. And with a 13-5 record in conference play, it comes as no surprise to see Villanova ranked No. 1 in the Big East.  Despite entering the tournament with a 2-4 record in their last 6, Nova was able to make quick work of Providence in the quarterfinals 73-62. And seeing as how Villanova is 8-2 in their last 10 versus Xavier, it’s clear that they should have no problem getting the win tonight. After all, the last time these two met Villanova came out on top 85-75.

Players to Watch: Phil Booth (18.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg), Eric Paschall (16.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Collin Gillespie (11.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.9 apg).

Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball Betting Predictions


  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Xavier’s last 6 games when playing Villanova
  • Xavier is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing Villanova
  • Xavier is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova’s last 6 games when playing Xavier
  • Villanova is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
  • Villanova is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games

Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball matchup? All things considered, Villanova is your best bet here. All in all the money line isn’t too lopsided so taking them straight up is a decent option this Friday. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 72-64 Villanova.