NCAA Basketball Pick: Hot Villanova Team Will Win Tonight vs. Xavier

Charles Stark

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:59 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 7:59 PM GMT

In NCAA basketball Xavier looks to take out the number one team in the nation and NCAA basketball odds makers have made them a small home favorite. Check our pick and analysis inside.

Villanova vs. Xavier
NCAA Basketball odds makers have made Xavier a -1.5 favorite and the total around  . This makes sense to me and for my NCAA basketball pick I will be backing the Musketeers. They have yet to beat Villanova while they have been a part of the Big East but I believe that changes tonight and I look for them to handle business at home winning by over five points.

Villanova has won seven games in a row and on the season is averaging 76.1 points per game. Their statistics are highlighted by shooting 57.1% on their two point shots which ranks third in the country. As well, when they get to the line they don't miss often averaging 78.1% from the charity stripe which ranks them first in the country. To me good free throw shooting is a sign of a good team and this is a very good Villanova team. However, looking at their wins recently there is nothing that is too impressive and they face a very tough environment tonight at Xavier. Earlier in the season at home they crushed the Musketeers by 30 points, but that was one of those nights where everything they threw up went in the bucket. I don't expect that to happen again tonight.

Xavier has one of the best teams that they have had in a long time and are averaging 80 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field. This is a huge revenge spot for them considering how badly they lost to Villanova last time as mentioned above. In that contest the Wildcats shot over 60% from the field and 52% from distance while Xavier shot under 40% from the field. Odds makers are well aware of how good Xavier is which is why they have this team that lost by such a wide margin several weeks ago now a small favorite.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Xavier -1.5
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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