Xavier vs. Georgetown Prediction
Will Georgetown pull off a small upset this morning when it hosts Xavier at 11:00AM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Hoyas are 2.5-point home underdogs versus the Musketeers while the over/under currently sits at 143.5 points. As of this writing, neither the side nor the total have moved off the original number posted by oddsmakers.
Xavier enters play with an 11-2 record and is 7-5 against the spread in its 12 lined games this season. Trevon Bluiett leads the team in points with 19.2 per game, while Edmond Summer has a team-high average in assists with 4.7. RaShid Gaston is averaging 6.5 rebounds per game while J.P. Macura is totaling 2.0 steals per contest. The under has cashed in seven of the Musketeers 12 lined games as well.
The Hoyas currently find themselves way down in the Big East standings at 8-5 and 4-7 against the spread. Creighton and Villanova are at the top at 13-0, respectively, while Xavier and Butler are both 11-2, respectively. Rodney Pryor is leading the team in points with 20.1 per game, while L.J. Peak is leading in both assists (3.4) and steals (1.2). Jessie Govan is leading Georgetown in rebounds with 5.6 per contest while Bradley Hayes is blocking 1.6 shots per game.
OUR PREDICTION: The Musketteers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games and are 1-4 against the number in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record. Pryor, a transfer from Robert Morris, will be the key in today's game. Xavier has the better overall team and the better overall talent, but if they can't contain Pryor then Georgetown has a real shot to pull off the upset at home.
SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: GEORGETOWN HOYAS +2.5