Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.
The (13-2) and Number Thirteen ranked Xavier Musketeers of the Big-East Conference are in the “CIT OF BROTHERLY LOVE” for a Conference matchup.
Xavier takes on the (15-1) and Third-Ranked Villanova Wildcats also of the Big-East in 2017 NCAA Basketball action.
Tip-off is 7:00 PM EST on the FS-1 Television Network. The game is on Tuesday. January 10, 2017.
The teams will play at The Pavilion on campus in the Philadelphia suburb of Villanova, Pennsylvania. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Xavier Musketeers want to get to the level of the Villanova Basketball program.
Xavier has the right coach in the sidelines to reach the top the mountain. Villanova won the 2016 NCAA March Madness Tournament in dramatic fashion last season.A repeat of last season is not out of the question.
The Opening Betting line has the Villanova Wildcats as an Eight Point home Favorite Against The Spread.
The Betting Odds Total is not available for Tuesday’s contest.
The 2017 Xavier Musketeers are on a six-game winning streak after last Saturday’s home victory over St.John’s. Xavier is also 4-2 ATS in the span.
Head Coach Chris Mack recently reinstated Myles Davis to the team after the New Jersey native was suspended from the program for a domestic abuse case.
Junior Guard and Indianapolis native Trevon Bluiett leads the Musketeers in scoring. The addition of Davis in the backcourt should bolster an already prolific Xavier offense.
The Musketeers are playing with a chip on their shoulders this season after losing in the 2016 NCAA Tournament to Wisconsin on a last second shot.
The Xavier basketball program has the facilities and location to reach the pinnacle of College Basketball.
Xavier competes with the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State and The Dayton Flyers for recruiting right in the Buckeye State.
Also, the school frequently hits the New York/New Jersey area for talent.
The key to a Xavier victory Tuesday is to play strong in the post.
Bovada.Lv list the 2017 Xavier Musketeers at +400 to win the 2017 Big-East Basketball Crown.
The Villanova Wildcats held down the number-one spot in College Basketball for five weeks.
The loss at Butler on January 4th could get the Wildcats attention after cruising through the nonconference schedule.
Head Coach Jay Wright insists his team has a lot to learn. They are without the leadership of graduated seniors who led the school to their first NCAA Basketball title since 1985.
Future NBA lottery picks Josh Hart is the team’s leading scorer. Backcourt mate, sophomore Jalen Brunson is second with a little over fourteen points per contest.
Kris Jenkins who was the hero of the 2016 March Madness Finals also averages double figures in scoring.
The key to a Villanova victory is to play with intensity and put pressure on Xavier from the opening tip-off.
Bovada.Lv list the 2017 Villanova Wildcats at +1,200 to repeat as National Champions.
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