Xavier vs Providence Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 1 (Elite Offenses Meet in Big East Battle)

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

Xavier vs Providence Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 16 Xavier (17-5, 9-2 Big East) vs. No. 17 Providence (17-5, 9-2 Big East)
  • Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
  • Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Cintas Center -- Cincinnati, Ohio

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Wednesday with an exciting matchup between the No. 17 Providence Friars and No. 16 Xavier Musketeers. Providence is coming off its third straight conference win in a 70-65 road victory over Villanova. Jared Bynum dropped 19 points off the bench.

Meanwhile, Xavier was on the wrong end of a blowout during its most recent game as it lost to Creighton by a score of 84-67. The Musketeers drained only four shots from beyond the arc and allowed the Bluejays to shoot 56.7% from the floor. Which Big East squad will win on Wednesday?

Xavier vs Providence Odds & Spread

Xavier enters this contest as small home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 153.5 points, which is above average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

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Xavier vs Providence Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, Xavier is 12-10-0 this season.
  • As 2.5-point favorites or more, the Musketeers are 6-7 against the spread.
  • Xavier has played 22 games this season, and 15 of them have hit the over.
  • Providence has 15 wins in 22 games against the spread this year.
  • Against the spread as 2.5-point underdogs or more, the Friars are 5-3.
  • Providence has played 22 games this season, and 11 of them have hit the over.
Xavier Rank Xavier AVG Providence AVG Providence Rank
7th 83.2 Points Scored 78.4 40th
331st 75.9 Points Allowed 68.2 147th
45th 35 Rebounds 36.2 22nd
147th 9 Off. Rebounds 10.5 42nd
209th 7.2 3pt Made 6.1 303rd
1st 20.7 Assists 14.5 93rd
258th 12.9 Turnovers 12.2 186th

Xavier vs Providence Prediction & Pick

Another college basketball slate means another intense battle in the Big East conference. This one will be for first place in the conference and Xavier should be hyped with the home fans in attendance. After all, the Musketeers have posted a reliable +12.6 average scoring margin at the Cintas Center.

The biggest advantage Xavier has entering this showdown is its size. Its two best inside forces are Ryan Nunge (7-foot-1) and Zach Freemantle (6-foot-9), while Providence counters with Ed Croswell (6-foot-8) among a slew of guards. The Musketeers should control the boards with relative ease.

Xavier is riding an impressive eight-game home winning streak, so rock with the Musketeers here.

Final Score Prediction: Xavier: 81 | Providence: 77

Xavier vs Providence Best Bet

This game is too close to call, which makes shifting gears to the point total a smart move. Xavier is the fifth-highest scoring team in the country (83.2 points per game) and shoots a reliable 51.1% from the floor at home. The Musketeers are going to score no matter what defense is on the other side.

The Friars are no slouch, either, averaging 78.4 points per game (No. 28 in NCAA). Overall, the total has hit the over in 14 of Xaviers' last 20 games overall as well as in five of its last six games on a Wednesday. The over has also cashed in four of the last five matchups between these Big East foes.

Bet: Over 153.5 Points (-110)

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