Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Xavier Musketeers Preview
Xavier Musketeers vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Odds
The Xavier Musketeers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Hawks in Saint Joseph's at Hagan Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.
The Hawks sit at 10-7 (7-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Musketeers are currently 11-7 (9-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Saint Joseph's is 6-6 OU, and Xavier is 6-10 OU.
The visitors opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 65-ranked Hawks and the No. 97-rated Musketeers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-69 win for the Hawks on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Saint Joseph's's No. 120-ranked offense, averaging 69.9 PPG, against a Musketeers defense that ranks No. 59 at 60.8 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 44.4% so far, less than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.7% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Xavier owns the country's No. 40-rated mark, allowing 62 points per game on the highway. Saint Joseph's, on the other hand, rates No. 185 in scoring at home.
Xavier lost its last outing, a 63-57 result against Charlotte on January 23. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Travis Taylor scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Musketeers to a win (they lost 63-57 to Charlotte at Dale F. Halton Arena on Wednesday).
Saint Joseph's lost its last outing, a 73-64 result against St. Bonaventure on January 23. They failed to cover in that game as an 8-point favorite. Saint Joseph's suffered a 73-64 loss against St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, getting 16 points from Halil Kanacevic in a losing effort at Hagan Arena.
Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Dayton are 9-1
After playing Charlotte are 10-0
After a loss are 7-3
Saint Joseph's Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Fordham are 4-6
After playing St. Bonaventure are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2
A few Musketeers at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Xavier's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Xavier's last 6 games when playing on the road against Saint Joseph's
Xavier is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Saint Joseph's
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Xavier's last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saint Joseph's last 5 games when playing Xavier
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saint Joseph's last 6 games when playing at home against Xavier
Saint Joseph's is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
Saint Joseph's is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Xavier
Xavier home to Dayton, Wednesday, January 30
Saint Joseph's at Fordham, Wednesday, January 30