Big East Basketball: Villanova Wildcats at Xavier Musketeers

Big East Basketball: Villanova Wildcats at Xavier Musketeers

A huge Big East Basketball game will take place on Saturday at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio between the Villanova Wildcats and Xavier Musketeers. The 4th ranked Xavier Musketeers have won 9 straight games, and are 24-3 on the season. Xavier is 12-2 in conference play, which leads the way coming into this game.

The Villanova Wildcats have dropped two out of their last three games and are now in danger of losing out on a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 23-3 on the season, and have gone 10-3 in conference play. The Villanova Wildcats are -1 over Xavier in this huge Big East Basketball game on Saturday. 

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Since back to back losses to the Providence Friars and Villanova Wildcats, the Musketeers have won 9 straight games. The Musketeers have a game at Georgetown, home game against Providence and a trip to DePaul left before the Big East tournament. Xavier is 9th in the nation in scoring, with just over 85 points per game.

Chris Mack and his Musketeers have always been known as a solid defensive team, but this years team is more of an offensive power. The Musketeers are allowing 74.6 points per game. The top scorer for Xavier thus far has been Trevon Bluiett with 19.6 points per game. The guard is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and dishing out 2.7 assists per game.

Wildcats Need to Find a Way

Jay Wright will look to get his Wildcats back on track as they finish the regular season schedule. The Wildcats losses this season have come to Butler, St. John’s and Providence. The Wildcats have DePaul, Creighton, Seton Hall and Georgetown left on their regular season schedule. The Wildcats in their two recent losses are scoring 73 points per game. That is down from their 87.2 on the season.

The top scorer for the Wildcats this season has been  guard Jalen Brunson. The former Chicago high school star is scoring 19.8 points per game. The Wildcats have six guys scoring double digits per game. Mikal Bridges is second on the team with 16.5 per game, and Donte DiVincenzo is adding 14 per game. The Wildcats will play in the NCAA Tournament for the 38th time in school history.

Xavier Tops Villanova on Saturday

What a game this should be. These two teams are both national title contenders, and now they will play basically for the lead in the Big East standings. The Muskteeers are going to want to push the pace, while Jay Wright will look to use the Wildcats ability to defend. A battle of wills, but in the end, the home court advantage, and the revenge factor for Xavier is going to take down this game. In a huge Big East battle- the Xavier Musketeers beat the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday. Bet on the Xavier Musketeers +1 over the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday.

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