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Xavier vs Connecticut Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 25th Betting Odds
Musketeers vs Huskies Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Xavier Musketeers at Connecticut Huskies
- Where: Storrs at Gampel Pavilion
- Date: Wednesday, January 25th
- Betting Odds: Xavier +6.5, XAV +230 | UCONN -294 O/U 151.0
Xavier will take the floor against the Huskies with an overall record of 16-4. On the road, the Musketeers will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 4-2. So far, the Musketeers have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 16.55 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 game plan is the play of Zach Freemantle who has hit 58.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.4 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 20 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.
The Connecticut Huskies head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 16-5. So far this season, Connecticut has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 12-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Huskies as the -6.5 point favorites. The Huskies have been favored 20 times, going 15-5 straight up.
Adama Sanogo comes into today’s game as the Huskies’ leading scorer at 17.19 points per contest. Not only has Sanogo been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Connecticut’s top rebounder at 7.1 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 15.47 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.9% of his shots and is adding 3.89 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 21 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Connecticut Huskies -6.5
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 -6.5 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 -6.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Huskies to come out on top and cover.
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