Two hot teams in the Big East will clash in one of the best games of the weekend when the Villanova Wildcats takes on the Xavier Musketeers. The NCAA hoops odds favor Nova by 4-points to beat Xavier. Tip off-off is this Saturday, February 11th at 2:30 PM ET on FOX from the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Villanova Wildcats Vs Xavier Musketeers Odds & Pick
What: No. 2Villanova Wildcats (23-2) ay No. 24 Xavier Musketeers (18-6)
When: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Start Time: 2:30 PM ET
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
Stadium: Cintas Center
Spread: Nova -4
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Villanova vs Xavier
Why Bet The Villanova Wildcats To Beat The Musketeers
The Villanova Wildcats have won four straight, including a 75-64 victory over Georgetown. They are 23-2 SU and 9-13-2 ATS this season. They average 77.5 points per game (87th) and allow 63.0 points per game (17th).
Villanova shoots 49.3% from the field (12th) and 37.2% from three-point land (82nd). Senior guard Josh Hart (19.2 PPG & 6.6 RPG) is one of the best players in the nation. He has put 26 and 25 points in the last two wins over St. Johns and Georgetown respectively.
"He’s a stud," Villanova Jay Wright said. "Certain guys, you just know physically they can handle the minutes."
Villanova averages 34.2 rebounds per game (264th) and 6.96 steals. They have a +14.56 point differential this season. Josh Hart leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and Mikal Bridges is tops with 1.8 steals.
Why Bet The Xavier Musketeers To Beat The Wildcats
The Xavier Musketeers have won four in a row to improve to 18-6 SU and 10-13 ATS this season. They beat the DePaul Blue Demons 72-61 in their last outing. They average 76.7 points per game (105th) and allow 70.0 points per game (124th).
Xavier averages 45.53% shooting from the field (117th) and 35.0% from three-point land (190th). Trevon Bluiett (18.7 PPG & 6.0 RPG) and Edmond Sumner (15.0 PPG & 4.3 RPG) are the two scoring leaders on this team. Against DePaul, Bluiett scored 20 points and Rashing Gaston added 14 points coming off the bench.
"When you play Xavier, you’ve got to bring your hard hat," DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. "Today it was rebounding and in the second half they dominated us on it. They’re fierce that way."
Xavier averages 38.6 rebounds per game (50th) and 6.62 steals. RaShid Gaston leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and J.P. Macura is tops with 1.5 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Villanova is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games on the road
- Xavier is 8-5 ATS in their last 13 games at home
Villanova Wildcats Vs Xavier Musketeers ATS Pick
A victory by the Musketeers would even the number of conference losses for both teams and at home that is the smart bet, but take the points just in case.
I am betting Xavier +4.