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Friars Hold Betting Edge Over Musketeers

The Big East is, arguably, the best conference in college hoops right now and that will be on full display when the No.10 Providence Friars host the No.7 Xavier Musketeers Tuesday. Xavier and Providence have met four times in the new look Big East, with the Musketeers covering just once in those affairs.

Shark Bites
  • Providence is 14-5 SU and 14-4-1 ATS in their last 19 games coming off a win as an underdog.
  • Xavier is 8-2 in their last 10 games coming off two days rest.
  • Xavier is 6-1 SU in their past seven games on the road.

Providence has one of the best 1-2 punches in basketball with Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn leading the attack. Bentil is first in the Big East in scoring while also averaging 8.2 rebounds per game, good for fifth in the conference. Dunn is on-pace to average 17 points, seven assists and six boards per game, something that has not been accomplished in more than two decades.

Xavier is much more reliant on a platoon of scorers with six different players averaging 8.5 points or more. The Musketeers are one of the most well rounded teams in basketball as they rank in the top 50 in the nation in scoring, rebounds and assists while also holding opponents to under 68 points per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you were backing the Xavier Musketeers in this one, their betting line was listed as -2-point favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline.

Xavier Musketeers vs Providence Friars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Providence Friars are 17-3 so far on the season, and 12-7 ATS vs the number. The Xavier Musketeers, meanwhile, are 17-2 and 12-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Providence go 11-8 and the Xavier Musketeers go 11-7-1 on betting totals.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 38-rated Xavier Musketeers taking on the No. 36-rated Providence Friars in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Xavier is ranked No. 15 in NCAA basketball at 41.63 per game. Contrast that with Providence's No. 107 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Providence is the No. 178-ranked team in the country at 6.35 per game, while Xavier rates No. 106 at 7.42 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Xavier got 24 points and 24 rebounds from James Farr en route to a 84-76 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday at Cintas Center.

Villanova was victimized by Ben Bentil for 31 points as the Friars defeated the Wildcats 82-76 in college hoops action on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • Xavier is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Xavier is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
  • Xavier is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Xavier is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Providence is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Providence is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Providence's last 9 games
  • Providence is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Xavier at DePaul, Saturday, January 30th
Providence at Georgetown, Saturday, January 30th