Georgetown Hoyas (8-9) vs. Xavier Musketeers (9-8)
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Xavier Musketeers 1/19/24 – The NCAA Men’s Basketball landscape is all set for an intriguing match-up on Friday, January 19, 2024, as the Georgetown Hoyas, with a closely contested 8-9 record, face off against the Xavier Musketeers, holding a slightly better 9-8 standing. The game, taking place at the Cintas Center at 6:30 PM ET and broadcasted on FS1, is garnering significant attention in the college basketball world. Fans and bettors alike are keenly looking forward to what promises to be a closely fought battle, making it a key fixture for daily NCAAB picks.
Analyzing Georgetown Hoyas performance this season, their average of 71.9 points per game speaks volumes about their offensive prowess. Boasting an effective field goal percentage of 42.3% and three-point shooting average of 34.6%, their playmakers can score from various spots on the court. A particular highlight for them has been 35.4 per game rebounding. A key aspect in any matchup could be 35.4 rebounding average per game – yet their high turnover rate of 13.1 and free throw percentage of 71.7% suggest areas for improvement – particularly when every possession counts.
On the other side, Xavier Musketeers have displayed a more efficient offense, scoring 75.3 points per game on average and posting an impressive 43.9% field goal percentage to match that of Georgetown. Furthermore, their rebounding stats – boasting 40.3 per game on average and boasting 7 steals and 4 blocks per game defensively – could provide them with an edge in this encounter; yet their similar three-point shooting percentage (34.6%) shows it may still be close; furthermore their slightly higher free throw percentage at 72.6% may make this matchup more even.
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Xavier Musketeers 1/19/24 Game Info
|Friday, January 19, 2024 at 6:30 PM ET
Jayden Epps (Guard) vs. Quincy Olivari (Guard)
Jayden Epps has been an essential piece for the Hoyas this season. Through 14 games, he’s averaged 18 points per game while posting an incredible 41.8% field goal percentage and 34.7% from three-point range; further demonstrating his offensive versatility. However, with an average turnover rate of 3.5 per game against Xavier’s formidable defense setup – though his free-throw shooting prowess (76.1%) adds another layer to his arsenal.
Quincy Olivari has also been an essential piece for the Musketeers, averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds over 16 games. His 44.4% shooting from the field and 41.3% three-point percentage makes him an effective threat from anywhere on the court. Furthermore, with only 1.5 turnovers per game relative to Epps’ 2, Olivari provides a more controlled playing style which could prove crucial in games where possession is key.
Epps and Olivari’s matchup will be an essential one, pitting Epps’ scoring ability against Olivari’s efficiency and defensive skills to decide the tempo and outcome of this contest.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
Betting odds and point spread for this game have yet to be released; however, given Xavier’s slightly better record and home court advantage they might be the ones favored in this contest. Bettor should closely observe recent performance trends of both teams for more informed betting decisions.
Georgetown Hoyas Betting Trends
The Hoyas have struggled over their last five games and against the spread during that same span, going 1-4 and 2-3 against. On the road however they’ve performed better (3-2 against), with most totals going over in recent games suggesting high scoring affairs.
Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
Xavier has posted a 2-3 record in their last five games, much like Georgetown has done, yet has proven more reliable against the spread (3-2) and in road games (4-2). Similar to Georgetown, several of Xavier’s recent contests have gone over, suggesting high scoring encounters.
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Xavier Musketeers 1/19/24 Betting Picks
According to recent form, player matchups, and overall stats of both teams, this contest promises to be close. With its home court advantage and slightly better overall performance, Xavier should be considered the safer bet; however, do not underestimate Georgetown’s capacity for surprising in high-scoring games.
Bettors might find the over/under market interesting given both teams’ penchant for high-scoring games. Individual player performance props, especially Epps and Olivari’s respective contributions could add value to their betting experiences.
Premium game day predictions suggest a competitive and entertaining game. It’s a matchup where both teams have strengths that could exploit the other’s weaknesses, making it a potentially exciting game for both fans and bettors.
Free Pick and Prediction: Xavier Musketeers 78, Georgetown Hoyas 74