Providence Friars vs Xavier Musketeers 1/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Providence Friars vs Xavier Musketeers 1/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The 17th ranked Providence Friars (16-2) are preparing to challenge the 21st ranked Xavier Musketeers (14-4) in the Big East Conference at Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 6:30 PM ET.

 

Providence just shut down the Butler Bulldogs at 69-62 on January 23 before coming into this conference match and already won 16 of their last 18 contests played this season. The Friars also beat St. John’s and Georgetown following their second defeat this season at the hands of Marquette on January 4.

 

Providence took the lead at 6-1 in the Big East Conference with a 16-2 overall standing and a 3-1 record on the road this season. The Friars’ offense made an early lead of six points against the Bulldogs in the first half while adding one more point after the break on the way to their seven-point victory on Sunday.

 

Center Nate Watson carried the offense for Providence with 18 points and 7 rebounds while Guard Aljami Durham added 12 points with 3 assists in the win.  

 

The Friars converted 27 of 53 (50.9%) attempts from the floor, connected 5 of 12 (41.7%) attempted shots from the three-point range and completed 10 of 14 (71.4%) free-throw attempts. Providence dominated the board over Butler at 33 to 30 total rebounds while distributing a total of 12 assists in the match.

 

The Friars’ defense spoiled 5 shot attempts with 3 steals but lost the leather in 12 turnovers and committed 13 personal fouls in the contest.

 

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Providence Friars vs Xavier Musketeers Predictions 1/26/2022

 

The 21st ranked Xavier Musketeers will try to bounce back after losing their recent outing to Marquette dropping their overall standing to 14-4 on the year. The Musketeers kneeled to the Marquette Golden Eagles at 64-75 on Sunday that ended their two-game winning streak over Creighton and DePaul.

 

No.21 Xavier dropped to 6th place at 4-3 in the Big East Conference with an overall standing at 14-4 and a home record of 10-1 this season.

 

The Musketeers’ offense struggled in dealing with the Golden Eagles’ defense after scoring just 29 points in the first half and 35 in the final half while allowing Marquette to score a total of 75 points in their 11-point defeat. Guard Paul Scruggs sparked the offense for Xavier with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in the losing effort.

 

The Musketeers shot 38.7% (24/62) from the floor, 26% (6/23) from the rainbow country, and 66.7% (10/15) from the charity stripe. Xavier pulled down a total of 38 rebounds with 8 coming from the offensive side of the court and dished out a total of 15 assists in the outing.

 

The Xavier Musketeers’ defense blocked 5 attempted shots while stealing the leather four times but committed 10 turnovers and 12 personal fouls in the game.            

 

No.17 Providence Friars vs. no.21 Xavier Musketeers. The NCAAB Pick for this match-up is Xavier -8. The Musketeers will avenge their recent loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles at home as Xavier played well at their home court with a 10-1 record.

 

Providence has the momentum in this match-up but Xavier will be playing with the crowd support on their back. Prediction: Xavier Musketeers will win at 70-62.

 

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Providence Friars vs Xavier Musketeers 1/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 6:30 PM ET

 

Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH

 

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

 

TV: CBSSN

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Xavier Musketeers -8   

 

NCAAB Totals: 139  

 

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