FANTASY BASKETBALL VILLANOVA VS XAVIER
NCAA COLLEGE FANTASY BASKETBALL VILLANOVA VS XAVIER PREVIEW
With a win tonight, top ranked Villanova Wildcats (24-3, 13-1 Big East) can clinch the Big East regular-season title. It won’t be easy though, as they will need to defeat fifth-ranked Xavier Musketeers (24-3, 12-3 Big East). FanPicks has your preview for this fantasy basketball Villanova vs Xavier high-profile college game.
Villanova’s Josh Hart scored 22 points and 12 rebounds in the Wildcats last game, against Georgetown. It marked his eight double-double of the season from the guard position. His partner in the backcourt, Ryan Arcidiacono, has been in a cold slump lately. He is shooting 33.3 percent or worse in seven of his last nine game. Arcidiacono scored a team-high 27 points in the new-year’s eve matchup against the Musketeers. Up front, Daniel Ochefu is shooting for 76.5 percent over the last five games.
Xavier’s Edmond Sumner collected a career-high 22 points Saturday against Georgetown. The Musketeers shot for 77 percent in the second half of the game. They’ve committed seven turnovers and got points from ten different players. Guard, Trevon Bluiett is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game, but has reached that mark only once in his last four games.
It’s the first time a top-ranked team has visited the Cintas Center since it opened for the 2000-01 season. The Musketeers have won three of their last seven games against No. 1 teams at other venues, including a pair of wins over crosstown rival Cincinnati. With one and a half game back of Villanova in the Big East, Xavier could risk battling for the Big East title until March Madness. But they absolutely need to defeat them in order to get that chance. This has the potential to be a hard-fought game between the two.