TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH
#872 XAVIER (-12′) over Georgetown at 6:30 PM EST
On a roll off back-to-back SU and ATS wins over Providence and Butler, Xavier will have no trouble extending the margin in this Big East battle when Georgetown comes to town. The Hoyas arrive off a pair of straight up losses to the Pirates and Huskies and skipper Ed Cooley and his crew will have issues trying to slow down the Musketeers in The Queen City.
Historically speaking, XU has played well in this series inking a strong 14-3 SU and 11-6 ATS mark in the last 17 battles. Equally impressive, head coach Sean Miller and his kids have been at their financial best at home when entering with momentum off a SU and ATS win posting a stunning 85-8 SU and 55-28 ATS record provided they hold a conference won/loss percentage of .500 or worse. As long as Xavier is not priced as a favorite of -19 points or more, this technical situation cruises to a solid 69-8 SU and 47-20 ATS.
Momentum has been a problem for GU lately. In conference play holding a team won/loss percentage of .430 or better, the Hoyas have experienced all kinds of financial problems posting a rough 34-56 SU and 33-55-2 ATS tally provided their opponent arrives with steam off a SU and ATS victory. If Georgetown is competing against a foe that enters off the comforts of a home game, this angle falls to a woeful 1-19 SU and 3-16-1 ATS. Also, in their last 24 Big East road battles, Coach Cooley and his troops are on a hideous 1-23 SU run.
The Musketeers have played the third-toughest schedule in all of college basketball, and they’ll use the strength of their homecourt to pick up this pointspread victory. Take Xavier. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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