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Villanova Wildcats vs Xavier Musketeers Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Xavier MusketeersVillanova Wildcats
15-6February 03, 2014, 07:00 | Villanova Pavilion19-2

Villanova Pavilion features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Villanova Wildcats and the visiting Xavier Musketeers in college hoops action on Monday.

The Wildcats bring a 19-2 record (14-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-6 Musketeers, who are 13-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Villanova go 14-5 so far and the Musketeers go 10-9.

View Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Wildcats were listed as -11-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game puts the Wildcats, most recently No. 49 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Musketeers, who rate No. 86 in the latest survey.

Xavier was a 68-60 loser in their most recent outing at home against Seton Hall. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. Semaj Christon scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Musketeers to a win (they lost 68-60 to Seton Hall at Cintas Center on Saturday).

Villanova was a 90-74 winner in its last match on the road against Temple. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Villanova got 19 points from James Bell en route to a 90-74 victory over Temple on Saturday at Liacouras Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Villanova has the nation's No. 18-rated offensive output, at 80.9 PPG. The visiting Musketeers defense ranks No. 81 allowing on average 67.52 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 46.01% so far, less than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.36% per game.

Next up:
Xavier home to Providence, Saturday, February 8th
Villanova at Seton Hall, Friday, February 7th