Providence looks to add another win to its already impressive stats as they take on a struggling Xavier squad. The visitors are currently the best team in the Big East. Can the hosts hold the Friars back and snatch the ‘W’? Or will Providence continue their impressive run and add another victory to their record.
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Providence vs. Xavier Game Information
No. 17 Men's Basketball Game Notes At No. 21 Xavier https://t.co/CKs42SfvYt— Providence MBB (@PCFriarsmbb) January 25, 2022
- When: Wednesday, January 26, 2021, 6:30 PM ET
- Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH
- TV: CBSSN
- Radio: NewsTalk 99.7 FM (Providence) / 700 WLW AM (Xavier)
- Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Providence (TBA) / Xavier (TBA)
Why Bet on the Providence Friars?
The Friars average 70.4 points (169th) per game. The Friars record a 44.6% shooting (126th) percentage which goes toe-to-toe with the Musketeers. Despite falling behind in short to mid-range, several points might help the Friars pressure their upcoming opponents. The team is slightly better from the foul line with a 73.4% free-throw percentage (102nd).
Defensively, we expect the Friars to keep things interesting. They hold opponents to 64.1 points (42nd) per game and an impressive 40.2% opponent shooting (36th). This is where the team’s bread and butter lie. Providence also records impressive defense in the paint and short to mid-range shots with a 44.8% opponent two-point shooting percentage (36th).
Nate Watson looks good after he led the Friars to a victory with 18 points and seven rebounds against Xavier. However, AJ Reeves might miss another matchup as he recovers from a finger injury. Jared Bynum and Al Durham are expected to see more playing time with the starter questionable to play on Wednesday night.
Why Bet on the Xavier Musketeers?
The Musketeers picked up two of their four losses in their last four games. They lost their most recent game by 11 points in the hands of Marquette. This also marks their third double-digit loss of the season. The team looks to get back on track as they host Providence on Wednesday.
Xavier is a team that impresses on the defensive end. They hold opponents to 64.3 points (46th) per game. The team also puts up solid shooting defense and limit teams to 40.3% shooting (39th). They do particularly well guarding two-point shots and average 45.6% opponent two-point shooting (40th) and a respectable 31.5% opponent three-point shooting (96th).
Previewing the offense, the Musketeers average 74.5 points (73rd) per game. They have the upper hand when it comes to attacking basketball, and we expect the side to utilize this side of the ball. Additionally, the team exhibits impressive ball movement with 14.6 assists (69th) per game.
We look forward to watching the duo of Justin Lewis and Darryl Morsell delivering the points. The pair combined for 39 points despite losing their most recent contest.
Providence vs. Xavier Betting Trends
- Providence is 3-2 in the last five road games (3-2 ATS).
- Providence is 6-4 in the last five games against Xavier (8-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of Providence’s last five games against Xavier.
- Xavier is 9-1 in the last ten games at the Cintas Center (7-3 ATS).
- Xavier is 4-1 in the last five home games against Providence (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in two of Xavier’s last four games against Providence.
Providence vs. Xavier Expert Betting Prediction
We expect a tight game between the two teams. The Musketeers are only two losses behind Providence and have shown their stronger side this season. However, the visitors are the more consistent team as of late. Covering the spread shouldn’t be a problem for Xavier. There’s also a good chance that the game goes down to the wire. If the Musketeers get over their recent defeat and come up with an inspired performance, they might even pull off a victory with the help of their home crowd.
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