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Sunday's Tip Sheet

This Sunday afternoon’s doubleheader of college basketball betting action on CBS features a pair of matchups in the Big East and the Big Ten.

Kicking things off in Cincinnati, the No. 17 Villanova Wildcats will be on the road against the Xavier Musketeers. One of the biggest games of the day pits the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans against the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

No. 17 Villanova Wildcats at Xavier Musketeers (CBS, 1:30 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Villanova -5 ½, Total 137 ½

Betting Matchup

The Wildcats have dropped three of their last four games straight-up and they have failed to cover against the spread in their last two games after losing to St. John’s and Georgetown on the road as favorites. Despite the slide, they are still just a half-game behind Marquette for first place in the Big East at 11-3 SU.

Villanova is 20-7 SU overall with a 17-10 record ATS. It is 6-4 ATS on the road this season with a 5-2 road record ATS in conference play. Senior guard Phil Booth continues to lead the team in points (18.6) and assists (3.8) He put up 26 points in Wednesday’s 85-73 road loss to Georgetown to exceed his scoring average in three of his last four starts.

Xavier is much farther down the list in the Big East standings at 6-8 both SU and ATS, but it brings a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s game each way. The Musketeers closed as underdogs in all three wins, including Wednesday’s 70-69 upset against Seton Hall as five-point underdogs on the road.

In their first meeting this season against the Wildcats on Jan. 18, Xavier was on the wrong end of a 85-75 setback while barely missing the cover as a 9 ½-point road underdog. The total stayed UNDER 141 ½ points in Wednesday’s win and it has stayed UNDER in six of the Musketeers’ last eight contests. Sophomore forward Naji Marshall scored a career-high 28 points against Seton Hall.

Betting Trends

-- The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a SU loss and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six Sunday games.

-- The Musketeers have gone 5-11-3 ATS in their last 19 home games with the total going OVER in four of their last five games coming off a SU win.

-- The home team has covered in six of the last eight meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings at Xavier.

No. 10 Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Wolverines (CBS, 3:45 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Michigan -4 ½, Total 131 ½

Betting Matchup

Following a three-game slide (SU and ATS) earlier this month, the Spartans have strung together a SU four-game winning streak while going 3-1 ATS. They failed to cover as heavy 15 ½-point home favorites in Wednesday’s 71-60 win against Rutgers. The total stayed UNDER 133 ½ points in that game and it has stayed UNDER in all four of those recent wins.

Michigan State comes into the first meeting this season against its bitter rival tied with Michigan for the lead in the Big Ten at 13-3 SU. The Spartans are 22-5 SU overall and 19-8 ATS. They have been able to cover in seven of 10 road games this season. Cassius Winston scored 28 points in Wednesday’s win. The junior guard is averaging a team-high 18.9 points a game.

Bouncing back from a bad SU loss to Penn State on the road, the Wolverines have beaten Maryland and home and Minnesota on the road both SU and ATS. The total stayed UNDER 131 points in Thursday’s 69-60 win against Minnesota as 5 ½-point favorites. It has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 games.

Michigan is a perfect 16-0 SU on its home court this season with an even 8-8 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in their last four home games. Jordan Poole had the hot hand on Thursday night with 22 points. Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis still leads the team in scoring with 14.4 PPG, but that average has dropped to just 7.8 points over his last four starts.

Betting Trends

-- The Spartans have a record of 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a SU win with the total staying UNDER in five of their last six games on the road.

-- The Wolverines are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games coming off a SU win. The total has gone OVER in six of their last seven games against a SU winning team.

-- The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in Michigan.

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