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Friars open as college hoops underdog vs Musketeers

Providence FriarsXavier Musketeers
16-7February 08, 2014, 03:00 | Cintas Center15-7

The Xavier Musketeers will hit the floor running against the visiting Providence Friars Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season, the Musketeers are 15-7 overall and 13-7 ATS, while the Friars are 16-7 and 10-11-1 ATS. As for the totals, Xavier boasts a 10-10 on the OU, and Providence is 11-11.

View Providence Friars vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Musketeers installed as -6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game matches up the No. 86 (Musketeers) and the No. 95 (Friars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Providence, they were an 86-76 loser as they battled St. John's at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. The Friars got a huge 32-point effort from Bryce Cotton but still lost 86-76 against St. John's on Tuesday at Dunkin Donuts Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Xavier's No. 87-ranked offense, averaging 74.32 PPG, against a Friars defense that ranks No. 81 at 67.61 PPG. The Musketeers field goal percentage has averaged 46.95% so far, more than the Friars marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.65% per game.

A few Friars at Musketeers trends to consider:
Providence is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games
Providence is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Providence's last 9 games on the road
Xavier is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
Xavier is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
Xavier is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Xavier's last 8 games

Next up:
Providence at Georgetown, Monday, February 10th
Xavier at Butler, Tuesday, February 11th