Looking to win big? The Musketeers and Wildcats face off at 8:30 ET on FS1. The Wildcats are hosting the game at Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, PA. This Big East conference matchup has an over/under of 140 points, and the Wildcats are favored to win at home vs. the Musketeers.

XAVIER MUSKETEERS VS VILLANOVA WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Xavier Musketeers +8.5

This game will be played at Finneran Pavilion at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.

WHY BET THE XAVIER MUSKETEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Even though we have Villanova winning straight-up, we like Xavier at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Are Xavier Ready for a Road Win?

Xavier will play against Villanova today with a record of 7-6. In their previous five games away from home, which includes last year, Xavier has a 1-4 record. As Xavier prepares to face Villanova, their ATS record stands at 8-5. In their last ten games, Xavier has gone 3-2 vs. the spread.

Xavier comes in with an over/under record of 5-8-0 through 13 games, with their games averaging a combined 144.8 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Musketeers’ games have averaged 147 points per game, along with an over/under record of 2-3.

In their recent matchup, the Xavier offense ended with 74 points against Seton Hall. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44.3% and made 10 threes. Quincy Olivari is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 18.2 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Desmond Claude brings a PPG average of 15.1 into the game.

Currently, the Musketeers’ defense holds the 111st rank in the nation, allowing 69.5 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.9 threes per game vs. Villanova. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 28.8%.

Can the Wildcats Secure a Win at Home?

Villanova, who is currently 9-4 overall, will be playing their 14th game of the season against Xavier. Over their last ten home games, Villanova has a 7-3 record, including last year. As Villanova enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 8-5. Looking back at their previous five games, they are 3-2 vs. the spread.

Villanova comes in with an over/under record of 4-8-1 through 13 games, with their games averaging a combined 137.2 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Wildcats’ games have averaged 127 points per game, along with an over/under record of 0-5.

The Villanova offense is coming off a game where they scored 84 points against DePaul. They posted a field goal percentage of 53.6% and connected on 12 threes. On offense, Villanova has been struggling with their efficiency, coming into today’s game with a field goal percentgage of 41%. So far, they are 88th in free-throws made on a free throw shooting percentage of 81%.

So far, the Wildcats’ defense is ranked 28th in the country at 63.5 points per contest. In their previous game vs. DePaul, the Blue Demons finished with a field goal percentage of 30% and a total of 48 points vs. Villanova.