Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Red Storm versus the Musketeers? Tip off is at at 6:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on FS1. The game will be played at Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH. The odds for this Big East conference game currently have Xavier as the -1.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 155.5 points.


The Pick: Xavier Musketeers -1.5

This game will be played at Cintas Center at 6:30 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Musketeers.
  • Not only will Xavier pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Red Storm Find a Way to Win in Cincinnati?

St. John's enters today's game against Xavier as a 1.5-point underdog. They have gone 2-3 as the underdog this season, and they are 13-7 overall, including a 5-3 mark in Big East play.

On the road this season, the Red Storm have gone 4-4, and their average scoring margin is +1.0. In their last 10 road games, they have gone 4-6, and they are 1-4 in their last five.

As the underdog, St. John's has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 4-1. Their overall ATS mark is 11-8, and they have gone 5-3 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Red Storm have an ATS record of 7-3.

St. John's over/under record this season is 10-9 and today's over/under line of 155.5 is higher than their season average over/under line of 148.9. So far, 12 of their games have finished with less points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 0-2.

The St. John's offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Villanova. Overall their field goal percentage was 46.7% while connecting on 5 threes. Joel Soriano led the team in scoring, putting up 21 points. Additionally, Jordan Dingle contributed 12 points for the Red Storm.

At present, the Red Storm's defense is nationally ranked 113rd, allowing 69.6 points per game. St. John's' three-point defense is currently 80th in the country at 6.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.5% of their shots vs. St. John's.

Will the Musketeers Live Up to Expectations at Home?

Coming into today's game against St. John's, Xavier has lost two straight, and they are 10-10 overall. At home, the Musketeers are 8-4, and they have won two straight.

For the season, Xavier has been favored in 11 of their 20 games, and they are 8-3 in those matchups. Against Big East opponents, they are 4-5.

As the favorite this season, Xavier has an ATS record of 6-5 and an overall ATS mark of 12-7-1. At home, the Musketeers have gone 7-4-1 vs. the spread this year, and their last 10 games as the favorite have resulted in a 6-4 ATS record.

Today's over/under line of 155.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Xavier's games this season (147.8). Currently, their over/under record is 11-9. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 166 points.

The Xavier offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 56 points versus Connecticut. During the game, they attempted 18 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 34.4%. Offensively, the Musketeers have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 265th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 131st in percentage and 227th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Musketeers' defense is ranked 202nd in the country at 73.0 points per contest. The Xavier defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 99 points and allowed Connecticut to connect on 17 threes.