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West Virginia vs Xavier Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 3rd Betting Odds
Mountaineers vs Musketeers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: West Virginia Mountaineers at Xavier Musketeers
- Where: Cincinnati at Cintas Center
- Date: Saturday, December 3rd
- Betting Odds: West Virginia +2.5, WVIR +122 | XAV -149 O/U 150.0
Through 7 games, the West Virginia Mountaineers have an overall record of 6-1. On the road, the Mountaineers will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 2-0. So far, the Mountaineers have been the underdog 2 times, going 1-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.
West Virginia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Erik Stevenson who is averaging 14.14 points per game for the Mountaineers. Stevenson 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 Mountaineers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tre Mitchell who has hit 56.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.57 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for West Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 289th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 333rd in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs West Virginia, the Xavier Musketeers will be taking the floor for the 9th time this season and have an overall record of 5-3. So far this season, Xavier has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. The Musketeers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Xavier has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 5-0.
Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 15.75 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 51.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.0 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 8 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: Xavier Musketeers -2.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Xavier Musketeers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Xavier as a team is just 171st in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Mountaineers’ defense. At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Musketeers to come out on top and cover.
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