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The Villanova Wildcats are traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Xavier Musketeers in this pivotal Big East showdown. Villanova is a heavy road favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, as the Wildcats are favored by 5.5 points. 


But if you're considering placing a bet on this game, you might want to take a look at what some of the top voices in the gambling industry are predicting. 


Villanova vs Cincinnati Predictions 

Brad Evans, Yahoo Sports

Brad Evans is rolling with Xavier as 5.5-point underdogs. This makes sense, as Xavier is excellent at home. Xavier is 10-5 straight up in its last 15 home games, and its gone 1-1 SU as home underdogs this season. 

Tony's Picks  

Tony is also going with Xavier as 5.5-point underdogs. Tony believes Villanova's recent struggles on the road and inconsistent shooting will keep Xavier within 6 points of the Wildcats. 

ESPN Basketball Index Matchup Predictor 

ESPN gives the Villanova Wildcats a decent chance at winning, as Villanova currently has a 72.3 percent chance at winning according to ESPN. This certainly tracks, as Villanova is a 5.5-point favorite. 


Overall, two of the three experts we highlighted here are picking Xavier as 5.5-point underdogs, but ESPN is giving the Wildcats a 72.3 percent chance at winning tonight. 


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