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Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball College Betting Preview & Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
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The college basketball betting season is starting to take shape, getting us all excited about the upcoming March Madness betting action. To help pass the time, legal betting players can wager on tonight’s Xavier vs. Villanova basketball matchup. The Musketeers come in unranked but will be eager to prove their worth against the likes of No. 22 Villanova. The Wildcats on the other hand, aren’t looking that great after posting a 2-2 record in their last 4. So what kind of turnout can we expect this evening? Let’s check on the odds to find out.

Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball – Friday, January 18th   

When: 8:30 pm ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV: Fox Sports 1

Stream: Fox Sports Go

College Basketball Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Xavier +10 (-110) 138½ (-110)   +425
Villanova -10 (-110) 138½ (-110) -550
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Xavier Musketeers          

The Musketeers enter this evening’s contest sporting an 11-7 record. Included in that record is a 3-2 stint in Big East play. This ultimately ranks Xavier 3rd overall in the conference behind Villanova and Marquette. Facing the top dog on the road this weekend, the Musketeers will do all they can to improve on their Big East record. Unfortunately for Xavier, Nova is undefeated thus far in conference play this season. Does this mean that Xavier is in line for another loss this evening? Well tonight’s college basketball betting odds certainly seem to think so, but what do the numbers have to say about it? Well, they definitely don’t paint a pretty picture for the Musketeers. At the end of the day they come in with a weaker offense and weaker defense.

Players to Watch: Paul Scruggs (13.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Naji Marshall (13.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Quentin Goodin (12.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.4 apg).  

Villanova Wildcats   

The Wildcats pounce into this evening’s contest sporting a 13-4 record. As aforementioned, Nova is the top dog in the Big East with a 4-0 undefeated conference record. However, with a 2-2 record in their last 4, there’s no guarantee that Nova gets the job done this evening. After all, they suffered a 76-68 loss to unranked Furman. If the Paladins were able to upset the Wildcats on the road, well Xavier should be able to just that this evening. While betting against Nova isn’t the safest prediction you can make this Friday night, it could end up paying off bigly.

Players to Watch: Phil Booth (18.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg), Eric Paschall (16.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Collin Gillespie (10.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.9 apg).

Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Xavier’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Villanova
  • Xavier is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Villanova
  • Xavier is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Villanova
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 7 of Villanova’s last 8 games at home
  • Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Villanova is 18-7 ATS in its last 25 games at home
Xavier vs. Villanova Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Xavier vs. Villanova basketball matchup? All things considered, the upset pick on Xavier is looking better and better. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 79-78 Xavier.