Villanova vs. Xavier Pick
Arguably the game of the day comes at 4:30PM ET when second-ranked Villanova does battle with fourth-ranked host Xavier? Will the Musketeers take advantage of being on their home floor and record the win as a small underdog?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Wildcats are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 164.5 points. Villanoa opened as a 1-point fave, while the total also crept a bit as it opened at 164.
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As of Saturday morning, 57 percent of public bets are siding with Xavier. Online wager info also shows 55 percent of bets coming in on the over.
Villanova enters with a 23-3 straight up record and is 7-2 on the road. But the Wildcats have struggled lately with losses in two of their last three contests. Villanova is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games. Xavier, meanwhile, is 24-3 straight up and a perfect 16-0 at home. Villanova is 17-9 ATS this season, while the Musketeers are also strong at 19-8 ATS.
Villanova has won three in a row straight up in the series including 89-65 on its home court last month. The Wildcats have dominated the series as they are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings, while the under has hit three straight times but is only 5-5 in the last 10.
I have to side with Villanova here. Yes, Xavier is on a roll with a nine-game winning streak since losing to Villanova. And yes, the Musketeers have yet to lose at home. But the Wildcats are in a different class and have had Xavier's number for a long time. Look for Villanova to get back on track with a huge win here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VILLANOVA WILDCATS -1.5