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Villanova On The Verge Of Record-Tying Home Streak

Villanova has one of the best home-court advantages in sports, as the Wildcats have won 45 consecutive games at The Pavilion. The last time ’Nova lost at home was January 25, 2014, which was a 96-68 drubbing against Creighton. The Wildcats look to tie a program record with their 46th consecutive home victory when they host the Xavier Musketeers on Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • Xavier is 1-6 SU and ATS in its last 7 games against Villanova.
  • The total has gone OVER in Xavier's last 10 games against the Big East.
  • Villanova is 17-0 SU in its last 17 games with two days off between games.

After shooting an abysmal 37.3 percent from the floor and 23.1 percent from beyond the arc in a loss to Butler, Villanova bounced back by shooting 65.3 percent from the floor and 60.9 percent from deep in its last game against Marquette. Josh Hart has continued to prove why he was a preseason all-American, as the senior has scored at least 18 points in seven of the past eight games.

Since back-to-back losses to Baylor and Colorado, Xavier has won six straight while holding opponents to 67.3 points per game. The Musketeers make a living down low, as their bigs have led to the team posting a 55.8 percent rebounding rate, which is 11th in the nation. Edmond Sumner has been terrific in Xavier’s last two games, as the guard has scored 48 points while shooting 60 percent from the floor.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Villanova sat as -8-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Xavier Musketeers will look to cover the spread vs the Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday, as the Musketeers are 9-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 10-6 ATS. Xavier is 8-6 against the total, while Villanova is 7-9 versus the total betting line.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 6-rated Xavier Musketeers taking on the No. 13-rated Villanova Wildcats in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Xavier is ranked No. 42 in NCAA basketball at 39.53 per game. Contrast that with Villanova's No. 233 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Villanova is the No. 18-ranked team in the country at 9.69 per game, while Xavier rates No. 155 at 7.2 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Xavier got 20 points from Edmond Sumner en route to a 97-82 victory over St. John's on Saturday at Cintas Center.

The Wildcats got 23 points from Kris Jenkins as Villanova ran past Marquette 93-81 on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

Betting Trends
  • Xavier is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier's last 6 games
  • Xavier is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Villanova is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 games
  • Villanova is 21-1 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Villanova's last 7 games
  • Villanova is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Xavier at Butler, Saturday, January 14th
Villanova at St. John's, Saturday, January 14th