Xavier Hosts Villanova in Weekend Clash

Xavier Basketball

Big East Titans Clash

The 3rd-ranked Villanova Wildcats and the 4th-ranked Xavier Musketeers square off on Saturday at Cintas Center. Tip-off is set for 4:30 pm EST and FOX will broadcast the matchup nationally.

It’s been a historic season for Xavier. The Musketeers try to nail down their first Big East Conference title. That could lead to a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Villanova could be standing firmly in the way.

Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -1-point favorites versus the Musketeers, while the game’s total opened at 165.5. The line has held steady, but the total is down to 164.

Xavier holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the defending national champions. Nova’ has dominated the current version of the Big East since it formed 2013.

The Musketeers have had little luck against head coach Jay Wright’s Wildcats. They have lost nine of 10 meetings, including three during the 2014-15 season.

Villanova easily dispatched Xavier in the first meeting this season. It was an 89-65 butt-kicking at the Wells Fargo Center back on Jan. 10. Wildcats guard Phil Booth scored a game-high 21 points. He will not play Saturday because of a bone fracture.

Xavier is the Real Deal

Xavier was a 102-90 winner in its last match at home against the Seton Hall Pirates. They covered the -6.5-point spread as favorites.

Xavier has already put the NCAA selection committee on notice. They have an impressive body of work. A victory Saturday over one of the nation’s best teams would be another milestone in an already historic season.

Villanova Struggling as it Travels to Xavier

Villanova was a 76-71 loser in its last match on the road against the Providence Friars. They failed to cover the -9.5-point spread as favorites.

Villanova has dropped two of its last three games. That includes the stunning loss at Providence. Nova’ had a season-high 19 turnovers, with 13 of them coming in the second half.

Bouncing back from a loss has been a hallmark for the Wildcats, who haven’t lost consecutive games since the 2012-13 season.

A victory Saturday is crucial for both teams. Xavier would have a 2 1/2-game lead with three to play. They would have a favorable schedule with games at Georgetown, Providence, and at DePaul.

If the Wildcats were to knock off the Musketeers things could get dicey.  If they run the table against DePaul, Creighton, Seton Hall and Georgetown, they could finish tied with Xavier and earn the title based on a season sweep.

 

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Villanova23-316-9-187.1570.5816.577-45-417-99-24-5
Xavier24-319-885.3374.6310.711-57-215-1210-64-5
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
VILLA16.4610.421.58
XAVIR16.8912.481.35
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
VILLA9.6225.7735.39
XAVIR9.5628.8938.45
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
VILLA50.6043.447.16
XAVIR49.9442.367.58
Team Records

Villanova Wildcats

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall23-314-19-216-9-110-56-4-187.1570.5816.57
Last 108-24-14-16-44-12-384.3072.3012.00
vs Conf10-36-14-27-65-22-488.2377.1511.08

Xavier Musketeers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall24-317-07-319-812-57-385.3374.6310.70
Last 109-15-04-17-33-24-184.8078.806.00
vs Conf12-27-05-29-54-35-283.8679.074.79

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense87.15374.63190
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense85.36271.94188
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed35.0010932.5391
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense85.33970.58108
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense89.24870.2753
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed40.123033.7369

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Villanova9-19-15-581.2037.5050.3532.50111/2716.50
Xavier1-91-95-565.1029.5040.3134.0058/2084.20

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Jan 10, 2018XAVIR65VILLA89-9.5VILLA165UVILLAXAVIRVILLA284041.455.234313/1712/31510
Feb 11, 2017VILLA73XAVIR575.5VILLA144UVILLAXAVIRVILLA352351.93526429/246/2183
Jan 10, 2017XAVIR54VILLA79-8VILLA145UVILLAXAVIRVILLA283429.353.834336/328/2427
Feb 24, 2016VILLA83XAVIR901XAVIR145.5OXAVIRXAVIRVILLA374044.850334212/317/1856
Dec 31, 2015XAVIR64VILLA95-6.5VILLA143OVILLAXAVIRVILLA304839.263.231266/1913/2539
Mar 14, 2015XAVIR52VILLA69-7.5VILLA140UVILLAVILLAVILLA213437.95029352/159/2356
Feb 28, 2015VILLA78XAVIR662VILLA142OXAVIRVILLAVILLA334044.346.2333113/298/2266
Jan 14, 2015XAVIR75VILLA88-10VILLA143OXAVIRVILLAVILLA274547.645.933347/2215/3433
Mar 6, 2014VILLA77XAVIR703.5VILLA137.5OVILLAVILLAVILLA413646.938.338309/226/2455
Feb 3, 2014XAVIR58VILLA81-9VILLA147.5UVILLAVILLAVILLA222837.749.234367/1811/2846

College Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Villanova Wildcats

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Feb 14, 2018PROV71-76L-9.5152.5L/U50.0072.733A
Feb 10, 2018BUTLR86-75W-9.5157.5W/O50.8586.966H
Feb 7, 2018STJON75-79L-16151L/O41.7991.678H
Feb 4, 2018SETON92-76W-12.5156W/O50.7964.0012H
Feb 1, 2018CREIG98-78W-13.5162W/O54.4183.3319H

Xavier Musketeers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Feb 14, 2018SETON102-90W-6.5159W/O53.5780.0014H
Feb 10, 2018CREIG72-71W2.5162W/U46.2777.783A
Feb 6, 2018BUTLR98-93W4.5154.5W/O59.2685.7110A
Feb 3, 2018GTOWN96-91W-14155.5L/O43.5575.6111H
Jan 30, 2018STJON73-68W-4149W/U46.1577.278A

Next up:
Villanova home to DePaul Wednesday, February 21
Xavier at Georgetown University Wednesday, February 21

 

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