Against The Spread Pick
The Seton Hall Pirates are the lone unbeaten team in conference play in the Big East. They enter this game ranked 10th in college basketball with an overall record of 16-4, which includes a conference record of 8-0. The Pirates have won their last ten games in a row, which includes a 64-57 home win against DePaul on Wednesday. They will look to extend their winning streak to eleven games when they host the Xavier Musketeers. Meanwhile, Xavier has been one of the most disappointing teams in the country this season. They enter this game with an overall record of 13-8 and a conference record of 2-6, which ties Georgetown for 7th place in the Big East. The Musketeers have lost their last three games and four of their previous five, including a 64-69 home loss against Butler on Tuesday. I look for Seton Hall to come away with the win. However, I like Xavier getting eight points in this match-up.
Over Under Pick
Xavier has been a below-average team offensively this season. They enter this game averaging 71.76 points per game, which ranks 162nd in the nation. Defensively, they are right around the national average at 67.90 points allowed per game. Meanwhile, Seton Hall has been an above-average team in terms of points per game, ranking 94th in the country with 74.90. The Pirates have been even more impressive defensively limiting opponents to the 68th fewest points per game with 64.75 points per game. With both teams being above-average teams defensively, I look for the under 138.5 points to be the play in this game.