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Connecticut vs Xavier Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds
Huskies vs Musketeers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Connecticut Huskies at Xavier Musketeers
- Where: Cincinnati at Cintas Center
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds: Connecticut -2, UCONN -138 | XAV +113 O/U 151.5
The Connecticut Huskies head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 14-0. On the road, the Huskies will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 4-0. So far, the Huskies have been favored 13 times, going 13-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Connecticut as -2 point favorites.
Adama Sanogo comes into today’s game as the Huskies’ leading scorer at 17.79 points per contest. Not only has Sanogo been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Connecticut’s top rebounder at 6.79 boards per contest. Behind Sanogo, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jordan Hawkins who is second on the team in scoring at 14.92 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.3% of his shots and is adding 3.25 boards per game.
On offense, Connecticut is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.16% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
The Xavier Musketeers head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 11-3. Currently, the Musketeers have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 8-2. So far, the Musketeers have been the underdog 3 times, going 0-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 17.29 points per game for the Musketeers. Boum is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Musketeers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jack Nunge who has hit 54.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.21 points per game.
On offense, Xavier is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 32.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.68% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Connecticut Huskies -2
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Connecticut Huskies to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2 point betting favorites. Although Connecticut as a team is just 257th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Musketeers’ defense. At -2 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Huskies to come out on top and cover.
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