Wednesday's Big East Predictions
The Big East features three games on the conference schedule for Wednesday. Here’s our predictions for the trio of the game.
Providence at No. 3 Xavier, 6:30PM ET (FS1)
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Xavier is the clear favorite in this game, as the Musketeers are getting odds of -10 points against the Friars. Providence picked up an 81-72 win at home over Xavier back on Jan. 6, but the home team has won and covered in six of the last seven in this series. The Musketeers are 11-6 against the spread at home this season while Providence is 4-6 ATS on the road. Xavier’s offense is tough to stop at home, as it is putting up 89 points per game while the Friars average just 69 per game on offense on the road. Xavier should be able to win this game comfortably. BIG EAST PREDICTIONS: XAVIER -10
No. 4 Villanova at Seton Hall, 8:30PM ET (FS1)
Villanova is favored on the road in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -6 points against Seton Hall. Nova earned a 92-76 win over Seton Hall back on Feb. 4, covering a 12.5-point spread. The Wildcats are coming off an OT loss at Creighton, but they have bounced back very well from losses. After a loss to St. John’s, Nova beat Butler by 11 in the next game. After the loss at Providence, Nova responded with a 16-point win at Xavier. Look for a similar result tonight against the Pirates, who are just 6-9 against the spread at home. BIG EAST PREDICTIONS: VILLANOVA -6
Butler at St. John’s, 9PM ET (CBS Sports Network)
Oddsmakers have Butler as a slight favorite on the road, as the Bulldogs are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Red Storm. Butler won the first meeting on Jan. 27 at home, 70-45. The Bulldogs have also covered in six of their last seven meetings with the Red Storm. Butler is just 2-6 against the spread on the road this season, but at 19-10 overall, Butler really needs this win. St. John’s is just 14-15 overall so a loss to them won’t help their NCAA hopes. The spread is small, so I feel good about taking Butler on the road. BIG EAST PREDICTIONS: BUTLER -2.5