Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats 1-7-23

Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats 1/7/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats 1/7/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The #18 Xavier Musketeers will meet with the Villanova Wildcats in NCAAB action in Finneran Pavilion, PA, on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at 4:30 PM ET.


The UConn Huskies suffered their first defeat of the year at the hands of the Xavier Musketeers. At home, Xavier triumphed 83-73 while shooting 53.8% from the field and going 4-13 (30.8%).


On the night, Xavier attempted 28 free throws and converted 23 (82%) of them. Zach Freemantle scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double.


Coming off the bench, Jerome Hunter scored 15 points while shooting 9-of-9 from the charity stripe. The Musketeers recorded 11 steals.


Xavier’s opponents are scoring 73.9 points per game against them while shooting 43.9% from the field. Opponents attempted 20.5 long-range shots per game on average, making 37.1% of them successful.


The area where opponents looked to score the majority of their points was held to 56% shooting by Xavier’s opponents.


The Musketeers gave up 39.5% of their opponents’ scoring production in the immediate area. Going under the basket against Xavier was not any easier.


With their combined efforts, Nunge and Freemantle are giving you 2.5 blocks per game.


  • The Xavier Musketeers are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 15 of Xavier’s last 18 matches. 
  • The Xavier Musketeers are 8-0 SU in their previous 8 meetings.

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Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats Predictions 1/7/2023


Going to Georgetown, Villanova defeated the Hoyas. The Wildcats made 9-27 (33.3%) field goals and fired 42.6% from beyond the arc. The Wildcats went 18-18 while making every attempt at the line.


Four players had at least five rebounds for Villanova, which was outrebounded 34–36. 20 points and six three-pointers were scored by Caleb Daniels. Off the bench, Mark Armstrong contributed 14 more points.


Villanova’s rivals are scoring 66.9 points per game and shooting 42.8% from the field against them. With 24.7 attempts per game, the Wildcats permit above-average amounts of three-point attempts, and opponents are making 34% of those efforts.


At times, the Villanova defense was flimsy in the interior. The Wildcats allow opponents to shoot 64.2% close to the basket and have one of the lowest block rates in the nation (2.8%).


A little over five steals are recovered by the defense each game, thus they don’t force many turnovers either.


Having said that, the Wildcats rank in the top 30 in terms of opponent free-throw attempts per game and are quite effective at defending without fouling.


  • The Villanova Wildcats are 4-2 ATS in their previous 6 meetings. 
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Villanova’s last 5 matches. 
  • The Villanova Wildcats are 6-2 SU in their last 8 matches.

#18 Xavier Musketeers vs Villanova Wildcats. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Villanova Wildcats. Xavier just defeated conference opponent UConn, which was rated second, in their biggest victory of the year.


The Musketeers are performing at or near the peak of their offensive potential, making seemingly all of their shots and moving very quickly in the half-court.


It’s challenging to “get up” for every game after eight consecutive victories. Villanova is beginning to make sense of things, and their offensive approach is really orderly and disciplined.


The nation’s best team at converting free throws is the Wildcats. Given that Xavier is projected to experience some production regression and that this game is predicted to be close, take Nova at home with the stronger free-throw advantage.


The Wildcats will win to a predicted score of 75-71.


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NCAAB Starting Time: 4:30 PM (EDT)


Location: Finneran Pavilion, PA


Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023




NCAAB Odds: Villanova Wildcats -1.5


NCAAB Totals: 148


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