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Xavier vs Cincinnati Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 10th Betting Odds

Musketeers vs Bearcats Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Xavier Musketeers at Cincinnati Bearcats
  • Where: Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 10th
  • Betting Odds: Xavier -2.5, XAV -147 | CIN +119 O/U 151.0

Musketeers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Cincinnati, the Xavier Musketeers will be taking the floor for the 10th time this season and have an overall record of 6-3. On the road, the Musketeers will be playing their 1st game of the season, having gone 0-1. So far, the Musketeers have been favored 6 times, going 6-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Xavier as -2.5 point favorites.

Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 16.56 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 54.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.22 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 9 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.

Bearcats Preview:

Cincinnati will take the floor against the Musketeers with an overall record of 6-3. Currently, the Bearcats have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. So far, the Bearcats have been the underdog 2 times, going 0-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

Cincinnati’s leading scorer this season is David DeJuilius who is averaging 16.11 points per contest. So far, DeJuilius has accounted for 20.28% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 1.56 rebounds per game and 3.22 assists. Landers Nolley II is the second leading scorer for the Bearcats, averaging 15.33 points per game. Between him and II, they are accounting for 39.6% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Cincinnati this season, as they are currently ranked 254th in college basketball at 69.4 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 Bearcats’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.5%, placing them 388th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Cincinnati Bearcats +2.5

In this matchup between Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers, we will be taking the points with Cincinnati as +2.5 point home underdogs. Heading into the game, the Bearcats’ offense has the edge from beyond the arc at 8.15 made 3′ per game. In addition, the team will look to continue doing a good job getting to free-throw line as their per game average of 12.06 made free-throws is above the NCAA average. Before tip-off make sure to get your wager down on the Cincinnati Bearcats to cover the spread as +2.5 point underdogs.