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Providence Friars home to Xavier Musketeers in NCAA Basketball betting action

Xavier MusketeersProvidence Friars
15-4January 25, 2014, 12:00 | Dunkin Donuts Center14-5

Providence will look to improve on its 14-5 record on Saturday when they host Xavier in NCAA basketball odds action at Dunkin Donuts Center.

The Friars sport a record of 14-5 and 9-8-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Musketeers have 15-4 and 13-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-10 for the Friars and 9-8 for the Musketeers.

View Xavier Musketeers vs Providence Friars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Friars in this one found them listed as 0-point earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Musketeers was expected to move the line.

The Friars - Musketeers odds would favor the Musketeers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Providence is rated No. 77 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Xavier is at No. 18.

Xavier was an 84-74 winner in their most recent outing on the road against DePaul. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Semaj Christon scored 27 points for Xavier on Monday, leading the Musketeers to an 84-74 win over DePaul at Allstate Arena.

In their last action, Providence was a 65-56 winner at home against Butler. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Friars grabbed a 65-56 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday, behind an 18 -point effort from Bryce Cotton at Dunkin Donuts Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Providence's No. 125-ranked offense, averaging 72.58 PPG, against a Musketeers defense that ranks No. 71 at 66.79 PPG. The Friars field goal percentage has averaged 41.7% so far, less than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.88% per game.

A few Musketeers at Friars trends to consider:
Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier's last 5 games
Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Providence is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Providence is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Providence's last 6 games
Providence is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Xavier home to Seton Hall, Saturday, February 1st
Providence at Marquette, Thursday, January 30th