Providence Friars vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 2/1/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Providence Friars vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Cintas Center is the location where the Xavier Musketeers (17-5) will go up against the Providence Friars (17-5) on Wednesday.
The Providence Friars played Villanova and walked away with a win by a score of 70-65 in their last contest. When talking about fouls, the Friars finished with 13 and Villanova finished the game with 12 fouls. They buried 6 out of their 23 shots from 3-point range. Villanova ended up shooting 78.6% when shooting free throws by converting 11 of 14 shots. Furthermore, Villanova pulled down 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Villanova distributed 11 dimes and had 3 steals for the game. In the matter of defense, Providence allowed their opponent to shoot 42.9% from the field on 24 out of 56 shooting. They also dished out 19 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and having 5 steals. In reference to getting rebounds, they earned 28 with 5 of them being offensive. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Friars knocked down 8 of 8 shots for a percentage of 100.0%. Providence wrapped up the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (28 out of 56) and made 6 out of their 18 3-point attempts.
Jared Bynum is one player who was a contributor for the contest. He walked away from this one shooting 87.5% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. He saw the court for 24 mins and also grabbed 2 boards. He recorded 19 points on 7 out of 8 shooting.
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Providence enters this matchup with a record of 17-5 this year. They have an average of 78.4 pts per game (40th in college hoops) while connecting on 47.2% from the field. The Friars are shooting 33.9% on 3-point shots (135 of 398) and 73.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, Providence is snagging 39.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 319 assists so far this season, which ranks 99th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 12.9 times per contest and as a group they commit 14.9 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Friars are able to force 12.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. They currently rank 87th in college basketball in allowing assists with 248 conceded on the year. The Friars defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 42.6% (562 of 1,318) and they surrender 30.3 boards per contest as a basketball team. They give up 32.2% on shots from distance and they rank 149th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (68.2).
The last time they took the court, the Xavier Musketeers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 84-67 when they faced Creighton. The Musketeers were able to corral 18 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 23 in the matchup. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 10 steals in this contest. Creighton earned 6 fouls in this contest which took the Musketeers to the free throw line for 4 attempts. They were able to bury 3 of those for a rate of 75.0%. With regard to 3-point shots, Xavier converted 4 out of 14 tries (28.6%). When the game finished, the Musketeers finished 30 out of 62 from the field which gave them a rate of 48.4%. The Musketeers permitted Creighton to convert 34 of their 60 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 56.7% in the game. They went 38.1% from three-point range by shooting 8 of 21 and finished the game at 8 of 9 at the free throw line (88.9%). In reference to cleaning the glass, Xavier allowed Creighton to grab 33 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Zach Freemantle ended up being a major contributor for the Musketeers in the matchup. He scored 18 points in his 24 mins on the court, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. He converted 8 out of 11 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 72.7%, and accumulated 5 rebounds.
Xavier has a record of 17-5 so far this season. The Musketeers commit 16.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 72.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 20.7 times per game (1st in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest. Xavier has earned 1,831 points on the year (83.2 per contest) and they grab 37.6 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Musketeers are connecting on 50.2% from the floor, which ranks 5th in the country.
The Musketeers on the defensive side of the court are 331st in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 75.9. They are able to force 12.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.9% from the field (273rd in the nation). The Xavier defense gives up 36.3% on three-point shots (173 of 477) and their opponents are knocking down 70.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 15.3 dimes and 32.1 boards per game, which is 337th and 73rd in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Providence
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