The Villanova Wildcats haven't had much trouble against the Xavier Musketeers over the years, going 31-6 in the all-time series. Villanova posted its fourth consecutive victory against Xavier and ninth in 10 meetings when it defeated the Musketeers 71-58 at home on Dec. 21. The No. 14 Wildcats (11-4, 4-1) attempt to extend the winning streak when they visit 17th-ranked Xavier (12-2, 2-1) on Wednesday for a Big East battle. The Musketeers, however, have won eight of their last nine contests and are a perfect 9-0 at home this season.
Tip-off from the Cintas Center in Cincinnati is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. The Musketeers are 1.5-point favorites in the latest Villanova vs. Xavier odds at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 138. Before making any Xavier vs. Villanova picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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- Villanova vs. Xavier spread: Xavier -1.5
- Villanova vs. Xavier over-under: 138 points
- Villanova vs. Xavier money line: Xavier -120, Villanova +100
- NOVA: The Wildcats are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a straight-up win
- XAV: The Musketeers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home contests
Why Villanova can cover
It's no surprise the Wildcats have been on a roll since they've received some superb performances since Christmas. After Collin Gillespie was named the Big East Player of the Week on Jan. 3, Justin Moore received the honor this past Monday. A junior guard, Moore scored 22 points in a victory against Creighton last Wednesday, his first 20-point performance since he recorded 27 versus Mount St. Mary's in the season opener, and followed with 21 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 79-64 triumph over DePaul.
Moore also was Villanova's leading scorer in the previous meeting with Xavier as he recorded 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. He is producing 15.7 points per contest to rank second on the team in scoring. Gillespie, who registered a season-high 28 points in the win against the Blue Demons, is averaging 16.9 points and has been held under 10 just once this season.
Why Xavier can cover
The Musketeers are averaging 79.8 points in their nine home contests and have scored 80 or more on five occasions. They have recorded a total of 345 points over their last four on their own court while allowing 247 in that span. Four players are averaging at least 10 points for Xavier this season, with Nate Johnson leading the way at 12.7 per game.
Johnson and fellow senior guards Paul Scruggs and Adam Kunkel have accounted for 42 percent of the Musketeers' points in 2021-22 and 40 percent over their last five contests. Kunkel came off the bench to score a team-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting in Xavier's 87-72 victory at Butler on Friday, its first game in 17 days. Scruggs, who leads the team in assists (4.3), registered 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the triumph.
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