Georgetown Hoyas vs. Xavier Musketeers, NCAA Basketball Odds, Las Vegas Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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When: 2:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: 2 p.m. ET, CBS

The Georgetown University Hoyas and the Xavier Musketeers will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Cintas Center.

ABOUT GEORGETOWN (10-9, 1-5 Big East): The 56-point effort against the Friars is the lowest for the Hoyas since Jan. 16, 2016 (55-50 loss to Villanova), and their 32.7 percent mark from the floor is the team’s worst since a loss to Maryland on Nov. 15 (32.0). Rodney Pryor, who entered Saturday ranked fifth in the Big East in scoring (17.7), had 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting and is averaging 9.8 over his last four contests. Georgetown is beginning a stretch in which it plays three of four and seven of 11 on the road.

ABOUT XAVIER (13-5, 3-3): The Musketeers will be playing their first game since senior guard Myles Davis announced he was leaving the program, just three games and 12 days after he returned from a suspension. Davis, who averaged 10.8 points and a team-high 4.1 assists last season, was working his way back slowly and had played only 34 total minutes, but he contributed to the team’s lackluster offensive attack by going 0-for-8 from the floor and failing to record a single assist in the three games. Xavier will need more from its high-scoring trio of Trevon Bluiett, J.P. Macura and Edmond Sumner, who combined for 35 points – 11.4 below their average – on 40.7 percent shooting versus Creighton.

Oddsmakers currently have the Musketeers listed as 9½-point favorites versus the Hoyas, while the game’s total is sitting at 148.5.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 72-67 loser as they battled Bluejays at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -3-point favorite.

Georgetown University was a 74-56 loser in their most recent outing at home against Friars. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favorites.

Xavier was unable to find success in a three-game Big East gauntlet, but hopes to get back into the win column when it hosts Georgetown on Sunday. The 19th-ranked Musketeers opened conference play with three straight wins while averaging 86.7 points before dropping three in a row to the league’s top teams while posting 66.3 points per game.

The losing streak, the program’s longest in three years, included losses at Villanova and Butler before a 72-67 setback to No. 7 Creighton on Monday that snapped Xavier’s 15-game home winning streak. “Three losses,” head coach Chris Mack told reporters. “We did some really good things today. … We played three really good teams. We came up short in all three attempts and I think we learned a lot about our team.” A loss to the Hoyas at home would be damaging for Mack’s squad, which has won five of the last six meetings, including an 81-76 triumph at Georgetown. That was part of an 0-4 start in conference play for the Hoyas, who ended a four-game homestand with a 74-56 loss to Providence on Monday.

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Georgetown University:
Team record: 10-9 SU,5-12 ATS
Georgetown University is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Georgetown University is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgetown University’s last 6 games

Xavier:
Team record: 13-5 SU,9-8 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Xavier is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier’s last 6 games
Xavier is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Georgetown University home to Creighton Wednesday, January 25
Xavier at Cincinnati Thursday, January 26

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES
1. Sumner scored 28 points and Macura had 23 in Xavier’s win at Georgetown earlier this season.

2. Hoyas C Jessie Govan is 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the last five games after opening the season 7-for-9.

3. Xavier’s last four-game losing streak came in the 2012-13 season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Xavier Musketeers will cover the spread at -9.5 and the game will go over 148.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Xavier 81, Georgetown 67 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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