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Xavier vs St. John’s Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 28th Betting Odds

Musketeers vs Red Storm Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Xavier Musketeers at St. John’s Red Storm
  • Where: Queens at Carnesecca Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, December 28th
  • Betting Odds: Xavier -1, XAV -120 | STJOHN -103 O/U 160.5

Musketeers Preview:

The Xavier will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 6 game win streak and have an overall record of 10-3. So far, the Musketeers have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 2-1. This season, Xavier has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 10-0. For today’s contest, Xavier have a betting line set -1 points in their favor.

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Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 17.31 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 52.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.62 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 13 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.

Red Storm Preview:

St. John’s heads into this matchup having played 13 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-2. Currently, the Red Storm have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 9-0. So far, the Red Storm have been the underdog 2 times, going 0-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.

Joel Soriano comes into today’s game as the Red Storm’s leading scorer at 15.38 points per contest. Not only has Soriano been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is St. John’s’ top rebounder at 12.62 boards per contest. Behind Soriano, the team has benefited from the strong play of David Jones who is second on the team in scoring at 14.62 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.7% of his shots and is adding 7.46 boards per game.

St. John’s comes into today’s matchup vs Xavier, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.6 points per game. Through 13 games, they have hit 45.3% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Red Storm’s have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 207th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Xavier Musketeers -1

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 -1 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 Red Storm’s defense. At -1 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Musketeers to come out on top and cover.

 


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