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Villanova vs. Xavier | College Basketball Betting Analysis


The first game in the Top 25 games around college basketball on Wednesday is an important game from the Big East as 14th seed Villanova visits No. 17 Xavier with the Wildcats as the top favorite over NCAAB odds.

How to Bet on Villanova in Xavier NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info

  • when: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • where: Centas Center, Cincinnati
  • Television: Fox Sports 1
  • flow: Fox Sports Go
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  • Unlock NCAAB Lines: Vilanova-2 (total 140.5)

first meeting

On December 21, Vilanova defeated Xavier 71-58. Justin Moore He scored 12 of his 17 points after the end of the first half and Caleb Daniels He added 16 points for the Cats, while Colin Gillespie and Eric Dixon each got 15. Don Odom scored 13 points and Nate Johnson 12 in favor of Xavier, who advanced with eight points at the end of the first half. But the Wildcats increased the defensive pressure in the second half and ran away from Xavier in the final six minutes. Xavier missed the first four shots and stuck to five laps to start the second half.

Villanova is 29-6 all-time versus Xavier.

Why bet on Villanova?

Villanova (11-4) defeated DePaul 79-64 on Saturday, achieving her fourth consecutive victory. A superb defensive effort and 28 points from Colin Gillespie helped eliminate Vilanova. The Wildcats lagged 37-32 in the first half before providing a dominant defensive performance in the second, limiting the Blue Demons to 6 of 24 from the field. Villanova also forced six DePaul reversals after the break. Justin Moore got rid of a foul problem in the first half to contribute 21 points.

Nova closed the competition 24-13 to claim their 21st straight win against the Blue Demons. In his return from a two-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols, Caleb Daniels contributed 11 points and three boards. big Brandon Slater He played through a left ankle injury on Saturday and coach Jay Wright said he’s trained on it and should be ready to go on Wednesday night.

On Monday, Moore was named Big East Player of the Week, averaging 21.5 points in two wins. It ranks seventh in the Greater Orient with a score of 15.7. This was the second week in a row that the Wildcat received this honor. Gillespie was named Player of the Week on January 3rd.

Defense has been a mainstay of the Wildcats’ success over the years and that is still true in 2021-22. In 11 wins, they have limited their opponents to 56.7 points per game. In losing the Four Cats, enemies average 75.5 points per contest. The Wildcats are 8-0 this season when they hold opponents under 60 points.

This is VU’s seventh game against an enemy AP Top 25 AP this season (3-3). Villanova has been at Centas 5-2 since the Big East remodel in 2013.

“I think any time you’re on the road, it’s about playing with great confidence and mentality,” Wright said of facing Xavier. “This is a really tough environment to play in. They have a great atmosphere in the Centas position and they shoot really well there. If you look at their three-point shooting numbers there, it is much better.

Why bet on Xavier?

Xavier (12-2) won 87-72 at Butler Stadium last Friday. Adam Konkel He scored 18 points in the second half en route to a 25-point performance to lead the Knights. Three other Xavier players hit double digits, with Paul Scruggs scoring 16, Jerome Hunter adding 12 and Zach Fremantle Finishing with a score of 10 while the rider built a lead in the first half to gain an 11-point advantage at the end of the first half. The Bulldogs would have a six in the second half before the Knights pushed the lead up to 16 before setting the final score at 87-72.

Xavier hit 55.1 (27-49) percent off the floor overall and 45.5 (10-22) off three. The Knights finished with a 28-24 advantage over the boards, led by seven each for Scruggs and Colby Jones. Xavier finished with six low turnouts for the season.

Xavier leads the Big East and ranks 18th in the country by a rebound margin (+8.5 rpg.). XU is first in the Big East in defending target ratio (.394). Nate Johnson, who leads the team in scoring at 12.7 points per inch, is third in the Big East and 12th statewide at 3 points (.464).

Scruggs ranks 25th on Xavier’s all-time assist leaderboard with 1,397 points and the top 10 on Xavier’s all-time assist leaderboard with 436. Jones is third in the Big East in rebounding (8.1 rpg.). He is 4th in offensive recoil at 2.8 RPG.

Freemantle, the First Team All-Big East pick who led XU in scoring and rebounding last season, started the last four games and played in eight. He missed the first six matches while recovering from foot surgery.

Xavier has racked up the record 290-48 (.858) at his home on campus, the 10,224-seat Cintas Center, including 9-0 so far this season. Villanova is the second ranked team to visit Centas this season. Xavier No. 19 defeated then-Ohio State 71-65 on November 18.

game trends

  • Wildcats lead 4-1 ATS in the last 5 matches after ATS wins.
  • The Wildcats had 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on Wednesday.
  • The Knights have achieved 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home matches.
  • The Knights 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games after winning the ATS.
  • Al Fursan 7-2 ATS in the last 9 games in total.
  • My favorite is the 14-4 ATS in the last 18 encounters.

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