The road to the Big East championship runs through Villanova and that’s become more apparent with the Wildcats dominance over the second-best team in the conference, Xavier. Villanova has gone 7-1 SU and ATS in the past eight meetings with Xavier, which includes a 79-54 victory just a month ago.
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- The total has gone OVER in 14 of Xavier’s last 18 games against the Big East.
- Villanova is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big East.
- Xavier is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against teams with winning records.
Of course, you can’t talk about Villanova without talking about Josh Hart. The potential national player of the year is leading the Wildcats in points, rebounds and shots made. Hart comes into this game red-hot, as the senior has averaged 25.5 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the past two games.
If Xavier wants to get passed Villanova, they will need to do a better job on the offensive end. The Musketeers shot just 29.3 percent from the floor and 18.8 percent from beyond the arch in their loss to the Wildcats in their previous meeting this season. Trevon Bluiett struggled against Villanova but has been tearing it up lately with the junior averaging 24.2 ppg in the past six.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Odds makers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Xavier Musketeers as 4-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved, check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.
Villanova Wildcats vs Xavier Musketeers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Xavier Musketeers battles the Villanova Wildcats, currently sitting with a 23-2 mark (13-12 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 13-10 for the Xavier Musketeers and 9-16 for the Villanova Wildcats.
It’s a betting matchup between the No. 99-rated Xavier Musketeers and the No. 10-ranked Villanova Wildcats, according to the latest hoops power rankings here at Odds – Shark.
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Villanova Wildcats rank No. 211 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 34.24 per game. That compares with Xavier’s No. 44 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Xavier is college basketball’s No. 154-ranked team at 7.21 per game, while the Villanova Wildcats rate No. 38 with 9 per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Wildcats grabbed a 75-64 win over the Hoyas on Tuesday, behind a 25-point effort from Josh Hart at Villanova Pavilion.
Xavier earned a 72-61 victory over DePaul on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Trevon Bluiett at Cintas Center.
- Villanova is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Villanova is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova’s last 5 games
- Villanova is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Xavier is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier’s last 6 games
- Xavier is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Villanova at DePaul, Monday, February 13th
Xavier at Providence, Wednesday, February 15th