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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Villanova 23-3 16-9-1 87.15 70.58 16.57 7-4 5-4 17-9 9-2 4-5
Xavier 24-3 19-8 85.33 74.63 10.7 11-5 7-2 15-12 10-6 4-5
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
VILLA 16.46 10.42 1.58
XAVIR 16.89 12.48 1.35
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
VILLA 9.62 25.77 35.39
XAVIR 9.56 28.89 38.45
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
VILLA 50.60 43.44 7.16
XAVIR 49.94 42.36 7.58
Team Records

Villanova Wildcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 23-3 14-1 9-2 16-9-1 10-5 6-4-1 87.15 70.58 16.57
Last 10 8-2 4-1 4-1 6-4 4-1 2-3 84.30 72.30 12.00
vs Conf 10-3 6-1 4-2 7-6 5-2 2-4 88.23 77.15 11.08

Xavier Musketeers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 24-3 17-0 7-3 19-8 12-5 7-3 85.33 74.63 10.70
Last 10 9-1 5-0 4-1 7-3 3-2 4-1 84.80 78.80 6.00
vs Conf 12-2 7-0 5-2 9-5 4-3 5-2 83.86 79.07 4.79

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 87.15 3 74.63 190
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 85.36 2 71.94 188
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 35.00 109 32.53 91
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 85.33 9 70.58 108
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 89.24 8 70.27 53
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 40.12 30 33.73 69

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Villanova 9-1 9-1 5-5 81.20 37.50 50.35 32.50 111/271 6.50
Xavier 1-9 1-9 5-5 65.10 29.50 40.31 34.00 58/208 4.20

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Jan 10, 2018 XAVIR 65 VILLA 89 -9.5 VILLA 165 U VILLA XAVIR VILLA 28 40 41.4 55.2 34 31 3/17 12/31 5 10
Feb 11, 2017 VILLA 73 XAVIR 57 5.5 VILLA 144 U VILLA XAVIR VILLA 35 23 51.9 35 26 42 9/24 6/21 8 3
Jan 10, 2017 XAVIR 54 VILLA 79 -8 VILLA 145 U VILLA XAVIR VILLA 28 34 29.3 53.8 34 33 6/32 8/24 2 7
Feb 24, 2016 VILLA 83 XAVIR 90 1 XAVIR 145.5 O XAVIR XAVIR VILLA 37 40 44.8 50 33 42 12/31 7/18 5 6
Dec 31, 2015 XAVIR 64 VILLA 95 -6.5 VILLA 143 O VILLA XAVIR VILLA 30 48 39.2 63.2 31 26 6/19 13/25 3 9
Mar 14, 2015 XAVIR 52 VILLA 69 -7.5 VILLA 140 U VILLA VILLA VILLA 21 34 37.9 50 29 35 2/15 9/23 5 6
Feb 28, 2015 VILLA 78 XAVIR 66 2 VILLA 142 O XAVIR VILLA VILLA 33 40 44.3 46.2 33 31 13/29 8/22 6 6
Jan 14, 2015 XAVIR 75 VILLA 88 -10 VILLA 143 O XAVIR VILLA VILLA 27 45 47.6 45.9 33 34 7/22 15/34 3 3
Mar 6, 2014 VILLA 77 XAVIR 70 3.5 VILLA 137.5 O VILLA VILLA VILLA 41 36 46.9 38.3 38 30 9/22 6/24 5 5
Feb 3, 2014 XAVIR 58 VILLA 81 -9 VILLA 147.5 U VILLA VILLA VILLA 22 28 37.7 49.2 34 36 7/18 11/28 4 6

College Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Villanova Wildcats

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Feb 14, 2018 PROV 71-76 L -9.5 152.5 L/U 50.00 72.73 3 A
Feb 10, 2018 BUTLR 86-75 W -9.5 157.5 W/O 50.85 86.96 6 H
Feb 7, 2018 STJON 75-79 L -16 151 L/O 41.79 91.67 8 H
Feb 4, 2018 SETON 92-76 W -12.5 156 W/O 50.79 64.00 12 H
Feb 1, 2018 CREIG 98-78 W -13.5 162 W/O 54.41 83.33 19 H

Xavier Musketeers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Feb 14, 2018 SETON 102-90 W -6.5 159 W/O 53.57 80.00 14 H
Feb 10, 2018 CREIG 72-71 W 2.5 162 W/U 46.27 77.78 3 A
Feb 6, 2018 BUTLR 98-93 W 4.5 154.5 W/O 59.26 85.71 10 A
Feb 3, 2018 GTOWN 96-91 W -14 155.5 L/O 43.55 75.61 11 H
Jan 30, 2018 STJON 73-68 W -4 149 W/U 46.15 77.27 8 A

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

 

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