Xavier vs Georgetown Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 16 (Back a High-Scoring Game in Big East Matchup)

Larry Rupp
Xavier vs Georgetown prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Xavier vs Georgetown prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Joshua A. Bickel
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Xavier vs Georgetown Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Xavier Musketeers (8-3, 0-0 Big East) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (5-6, 0-0 Big East)
Date: Friday, Dec. 16, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena — Washington, DC
Coverage: FS1

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Friday with a thrilling matchup between the Xavier Musketeers and Georgetown Hoyas. Xavier enters on a four-game winning streak that includes a 79-59 win over Southern University on Tuesday. Souley Boum dazzled with 17 points and 7 assists.

Meanwhile, Georgetown comes in a loser in three of its last four games after suffering a 83-64 loss to Syracuse on Saturday. Amir Spears led the team with 22 points and Qudus Wahab posted a solid double-double (10 points & 11 rebounds. The Hoyas shot 37.3% from the floor as a team, though.

Xavier vs Georgetown Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: XU: (-690) | GTOWN: (+480)
Spread: XU: -11.5 (-105) | GTOWN: +11.5 (-115)
Total: 156.5 —Over: (-106) | Under: (-114)

Xavier enters this contest as clear favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 156.5 points, which is above average compared to Friday's projected totals.

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Xavier vs Georgetown Prediction & Pick

This may be the best Xavier squad since the Musketeers that earned a No. 1 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Head coach Sean Miller's team ranks fourth in shooting percentage (50.7%), ninth in points per game (83.2) and 35th in total rebounding rate (54.2%). The offense has been outstanding.

The only thing stopping the Musketeers from emerging as a top 25 team is their average defense. It's worth noting that losses against Gonzaga, Duke and Indiana have inflated those statistics quite a bit. Xavier should be fine against a Georgetown team that ranks 130th in offensive efficiency this season.

I trust a Musketeers team that is 11-2 straight up in its last 13 games against the Hoyas to come out on top Friday night.

Final Score Prediction: Xavier: 85 | Georgetown: 76

Xavier vs Georgetown Betting Trends

- Xavier is 9-2 straight up in its last 11 games against Georgetown.
- The total has hit the over in 12 of Xavier's last 14 games.
- Georgetown is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five home games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Georgetown's last five games against Xavier.

Xavier vs Georgetown Best Bet

This is a Big East rivalry that dates back to 1953, but rarely results in a blowout win for either side. Five of the last six head-to-head matchups have been decided by less than 10 points. Shifting gears to the point total is the best bet here as both of these teams are capable of running up the score.

The total has hit the over in 12 of Xavier's last 14 games as well as in five of Georgetown's last six games. The over has also cashed in each of the Hoyas' last five games in December. These are two offenses that combined for 172 points in a March 2022 contest. Expect a similar result on Friday.

Bet: Over 156.5 Points (-106)

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