Free NCAA Basketball Picks - Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats

Xavier Musketeers player in action

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:31 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 7:31 PM GMT

They're only 16 games into the season, but the Villanova Wildcats look to win back to back NCAA Championship ass they're currently ranked 3rd in the nation. Josh Hart and company will have their hands full tonight as the Xavier Musketeers have won 6 games in a row and have the ability to beat any team.

 Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats

 

Last season, the Wildcats won the national championship with a hope and a prayer and this season, they've been mowing down the competition with quality wins over Purdue, Notre Dame, and Creighton.

A big reason why both of these teams are so successful is their respective defenses. Nova is allowing a mere 63.5 points per game, while Xavier is allowing 66.5. A lot of people are expecting a low-scoring affair here, but both teams are quite capable of scoring in bunches.

For the Wildcats, Josh Hart (19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists) leads the way, and his size certainly helps as a 6-foot-6 guard as Villanova is a weak rebounding club. Hart is the type of player who can do a little bit of everything. It's why he's a leading candidate for National Player of the Year.

Xavier doesn't sport a flashy schedule but has won 6 straight games. While leading scorer Trevon Bluiett 17.7 points, 5.9 rebounds) has been marred in a slump that has seen him convert on 4 of his last 20 shots from the field, sophomore Edmond Sumner has carried Xavier on his back in averaging 24.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds per games in his last 2 games This is the best two-way player on the Xavier roster.

 

NCAAB Free Pick: Xavier +8Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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