Georgetown Hoyas (10-9 SU, 5-12 ATS, 8-9 O/U) at Xavier Musketeers (13-5 SU, 8-8 ATS, 8-9 O/U)
When and Where: Sunday, Jan. 22, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Oh., 2pmET
Line: Xavier -10.5
Xavier is in a situation where they’re not used to being in. That’s losing three straight games to the likes of Creighton, Butler and Villanova. Georgetown has other worries, after falling to Providence at home on Monday by 18. The Hoyas dropped to 1-5 in the Big East, while Xavier is now 3-3 in the league. These two teams met on Dec. 31, with Xavier winning on the road, 81-76.
Hoyas looking to get some momentum
Georgetown had won two straight against St. John’s and former Big East member UConn last Saturday (72-69) at home, before throwing in a dud against Providence. They Hoyas shot just 32.7 percent from the field at home in their 74-56 loss against the Friars. L.J. Peak scored 13 points and dished out six assists to lead the Hoyas. Rodney Pryor added 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting (0-4 3pt). Providence shot 47.3 percent from the floor against Georgetown and committed just eight turnovers, while the Hoyas committed 15 turnovers.
Pryor leads the Hoyas in scoring with 17.7 points per game, while shooting 50 percent from the floor (42.9% 3pt). Peak adds 15.9 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting. Those two players are the only Hoyas averaging in double figures. Georgetown averages 76.3 points per game and shoots 45.3 percent from the field. They allow 71.4 points per game and 41.1 percent from the field (32.8% 3pt).
Xavier can’t find range against Creighton
Xavier fell to Creighton, 72-67, at home on Monday. Trevon Bluiett scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting (0-4 3pt) to lead the Musketeers. Xavier outrebounded Creighton, 43-32, but they shot just 40 percent from the field, 3-15 from 3pt and 16-29 (55.2%) from the free throw line. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while Creighton turned it over 14 times. Creighton also lost starting point guard Maurice Watson Jr. in the first half to a knee injury and he never returned. Forward RaShid Gaston (6-9, 239) had a big game with 12 points and 17 rebounds. On the season, The Norfolk State transfer is averaging just 7.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. He averaged 15.5 points and 9.6 rebounds in his last season with Norfolk State on 2014-15.
The Musketeers average 76.1 points per game and shot 45.3 percent from the field (32.6% 3pt). They allow 68.4 points per game and 43.1 percent from the field (32.4% 3pt). Bluiett leads Xavier in scoring with 16.8 points per game, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field. Guard Edmond Sumner adds 15.4 points and 48.1 percent from the field with 4.6 assists per game.
College Basketball Trends:
- 1-6 ATS last 7 vs. Big East.
- 1-4 ATS last 5 after an ATS loss.
- 7-3 ATS last 10 home games.
- 5-1 ATS last 6 in series.
Have to like Xavier not only to win this game, but dominate the Hoyas. It’s all about guard play and the Musketeers have some of the best guards in the Big East led by Bluiett. The Hoyas have struggled in Big East play as they just don’t have the overall talent of past teams.
Pick: Xavier -12
First game was pretty high-scoring at Georgetown. These teams play pretty good defense, but they also want to get up and down the floor. The Hoyas defense is not as good as in the past. Xavier is 10-3 Over last 13 vis Big East and 12-5 Over last 17 Sunday games.