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Spread: Xavier -3
Moneyline: Xavier -152 | Georgetown +128
Xavier and Georgetown are fixing to face off on Tuesday night.
The Hoyas, on heels of a win over DePaul, their third in four games, play host to the Musketeers, who won their most recent game against the Creighton Bluejays. Thus, we have a matchup of teams who’ve built up some momentum heading into their upcoming contest against each other.
Georgetown’s offense has a chance to exploit a weakness the Musketeers have. The Hoyas rank 63rd in the nation in 3-point FG%, and the Musketeers are right around the nation’s average on defense. Obviously, it’s not so much a “weakness” for Xavier to be sitting around average. However, the Musketeers have been pelted a decent amount. When you consider they rank seventh against Big East teams, and when you consider the Hoyas rank 1st in 3 PT FG% against Big East foes (37.3 percent) then it certainly represents an area for them to strike.
Meanwhile, if this is a game that comes down to free throws, give the edge to the Hoyas. Georgetown is shooting 78.9 percent from the line in conference play. Xavier, meanwhile, is shooting 65.6 percent, well over 13 percent of a difference. Given that teams, for whatever reason, are excelling at the line against Xavier this year this could present itself to be an issue. What may hold out hope? Xavier has limited teams’ attempts at the line and Georgetown doesn’t get to the line a whole lot.
With that being said, Xavier is still a favorite in Vegas for this matchup. By three points no less, so the Musketeers are still thought to be winners in this one despite those deficiencies. Xavier’s offense has played very well this year, and they rank well in most of the categories. Especially so on 2-pointers, as they rank 24th in the country in 2-point FG%. The Hoyas haven’t fared well there, and they run into an issue, as Xavier ranks 31st in the country at limiting 2-point field goal conversions.