Xavier Musketeers vs Providence Friars Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Xavier Musketeers vs Providence Friars
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Alumni Hall (RI) in Providence, RI
Odds/Point Spread: Xavier (-1)
Alumni Hall (RI) is the site where and the Providence Friars (11-11) will take on the Xavier Musketeers (12-4) on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have Xavier as 1-point favorites. The total is set at 140.5.
Xavier will take the court with a record of 12-4 for the campaign. They turn the ball over 11.7 times per contest and as a team they are committing 15.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Xavier is snagging 38.7 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 295 assists this year, which is 97th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Musketeers are shooting 34.2% from downtown (130 of 380) and 68.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 77.0 pts per game (64th in the country) while connecting on 46.6% from the field. When they are on defense, the Musketeers have forced 11.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.6 fouls. The Musketeers are allowing a shooting percentage of 40.1% (411 of 1,025) and they surrender 37.1 boards per contest as a team. They are 155th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 238 conceded on the year. They are conceding 32.3% on 3-pointers while they are 162nd in the nation in PPG allowed (69.6).
The Xavier Musketeers stepped onto the hardwood against the Butler Bulldogs and went home with a win by a final score of 63-51 in their last contest. Xavier wrapped up the game having earned a 43.6% field goal percentage (24 of 55) and knocked down 2 out of their 19 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Musketeers buried 13 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 65.0%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they earned 36 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 16 dimes for this game as well as earning 9 steals and 3 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Xavier allowed the other team to shoot 43.6% from the floor on 24 of 55 shooting. Butler doled out 11 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Bulldogs had 40 boards (15 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Butler finished shooting 75.0% at the free throw line by burying 9 of their 12 attempts. They also converted 6 of their 31 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Zach Freemantle is someone who was a factor in this contest. He scored 17 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He played for 27 mins played and collected 10 boards. Freemantle went 55.6% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Musketeers was Colby Jones. He snagged 11 rebounds and also accounted for 4 dimes. He went 62.5% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-8 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Jones was on the hardwood for 35 minutes.
Providence has a win-loss mark of 11-11 for the year. The Friars are committing 16.9 fouls per game and they go 71.6% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per game (133rd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.7 times per contest. Providence has earned 1,550 points on the campaign (70.5 per contest) and they collect 36.0 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Friars are connecting on 43.0% from the floor, which ranks 235th in the nation. The Friars on defense are ranked 183rd in the country in points allowed per game with 70.1. The Providence defense gives up 30.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (138 of 447) and their opponents are connecting on 70.4% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 13.0 assists and 36.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 184th and 234th in Division 1. They are able to force 11.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (201st in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Providence Friars took a defeat with a final score of 73-61 when they faced the Connecticut Huskies. The Friars collected 17 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 26 for this game. They blocked 2 tries while getting 4 steals in this contest. The Huskies committed 21 fouls in the game which took the Friars to the free throw line for 20 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of them for a rate of 75.0%. Regarding shots from downtown, Providence made 4 out of their 12 tries (33.3%). Overall, the Friars shot 21 for 58 from the field which gave them a percentage of 36.2%. The Friars permitted the Huskies to knock down 29 of their 62 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 46.8% in this matchup. They shot 41.7% from distance by shooting 5 of 12 and walked away from this one shooting 10 out of 14 at the charity stripe (71.4%). With respect to team rebounding, Providence permitted Connecticut to collect 37 in all (13 offensive).
Alyn Breed was important for the Friars in the game. He made 5 of 11 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which had him finishing with 14 points. Breed pulled down 3 boards in his 29 minutes and had 2 dimes for this contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for Providence was David Duke. He ended up with 11 points in his 32 minutes played via 3 of 16 shooting in the matchup. Duke wrapped this one up going 18.8% from the field while collecting 2 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Xavier (-1)
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