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Big East foes face off when No. 17 Providence (16-2) and No. 21 Xavier (14-4) square off on Wednesday night. The Friars defeated Butler 69-62 on Sunday to extend their win streak to three games. Xavier will look to back into the win column after its previous outing as the Musketeers fell to Marquette 75-64, also on Sunday.

Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. ET from the Cintas Center. Xavier is favored by eight points in the latest Providence vs. Xavier odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 138.5. Before locking in any Xavier vs. Providence picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 12 of the season with a 49-36 record on all top-rated college basketball picks, returning almost $700. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,800 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Xavier vs. Providence and locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Providence vs. Xavier:

  • Providence vs. Xavier spread: Xavier -8
  • Providence vs. Xavier State over-under: 138.5 points
  • Providence vs. Xavier  money line: Xavier -360, Providence +285
  • PROV: The Friars are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog
  • XAV: The Musketeers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games
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Why Providence can cover 

Graduate student center Nate Watson is leading the team in scoring (14.1) with 6.2 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the floor. Watson has scored over 20 points in four different matchups thus far. His best game of the season came in the Jan. 8 win over St. John's when the Virginia native finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks.

Noah Horchler is another grad student and is also a presence down low for the Friars. Horchler is logging 9.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and is knocking down 43 percent of his 3-point attempts. Senior guard A.J. Reeves can space for the floor for Providence and is averaging 10.7 points while knocking down 36.1 percent of his 3Ps. He has knocked at least two 3-pointers in six of his last eight games. 

Why Xavier can cover

Forward Jack Nunge is logging 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 52 percent from the floor. Nunge also leads the team with 1.4 blocks and recorded at least two blocks in 10 games so far this season. The Indiana native has finished with three double-doubles and his best outing came in the Dec. 12 win over Cincinnati, a game in which he recorded 31 points and 15 rebounds.

Sophomore Colby Jones is aggressive on the glass for Xavier. Jones is averaging 11.4 points with eight rebounds per game. The Alabama native grabbed at least 10 rebounds in five games, including three double-doubles. In a Jan. 15 win over Creighton, Jones dropped 16 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. Guard Nate Johnson is another scoring outlet for the Musketeers. He is averaging 11.3 points and is shooting a team-best 41 percent from 3-point range. 

How to make Providence vs. Xavier picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 137 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's picks at SportsLine

So who wins Xavier vs. Providence? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up $2,800 on its top-rated college basketball picks the last five years, and find out.