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Villanova vs. Xavier prediction, odds, spread: 2021 college basketball picks, best bets from proven model

A high-profile early season Big East matchup is on tap when No. 18 Xavier (11-1) goes on the road to face off against No. 23 Villanova (7-4) on Tuesday night. The Musketeers beat Marquette 80-71 in their last matchup and extended their win streak to seven games. Villanova fell to 14 spots in the national rankings after dropping its last two games. On Dec. 17, the Wildcats fell 79-59 to Creighton

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET from Finneran Pavilion. The Wildcats are favored by 5.5 points in the latest Xavier vs. Villanova odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 136. Before locking in any Villanova vs. Xavier picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Xavier vs. Villanova, and just revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model’s college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for  Villanova vs. Xaviers:

  • Xavier vs. Villanova spread: Villanova -5.5 
  • Xavier vs. Villanova over-under: 136 points 
  • Xavier vs. Villanova money line: Villanova -230, Xavier +190 
  • NOVA: Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a home favorites 
  • XAV: Musketeers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall

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Why Xavier can cover

The Musketeers have been playing great basketball as of late, winning seven straight games. Xavier beat Marquette 80-71 in its last matchup. It had four players score in double figures and was led by sophomore guard Dwon Odom. He dropped a season-high 19 points while swiping three steals. 

Senior guard Nate Johnson added 17 points with five rebounds and four assists. He also knocked down four 3-pointers in this contest. Junior forward Jack Nunge put up a double-double in this outing. He had 13 points and 12 boards. The Musketeers dominated down low, outscoring Marquette 44-28 in the paint. 

Why Villanova can cover

Veteran guard Collin Gillespie is logging a team-best 16.2 points with 3.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. Gillespie has scored double-digit points in seven games this season. The Pennsylvania native is also one of the best 3-point shooters on the team, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. He has knocked down at least four 3-pointers in six games. 

Junior guard Justin Moore is averaging 14.2 points along with five rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Moore has scored in double figures in eight games thus far, including five straight games to kick off the season. The Wildcats roll into this matchup ranking second in the Big East in 3-point percentage (.362). Villanova will look to snap its two-game skid and pick up its first conference win of the season. 

How to make Xavier vs. Villanova picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 140 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Villanova vs. Xavier picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Xavier vs. Villanova? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Villanova vs. Xavier spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.

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