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Xavier Musketeers vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/20/13

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (0-2) at Xavier Musketeers (3-0)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The 0-2 Miami (OH) Redhawks visit the Cintas Center Wednesday night for a non-conference battle with the 3-0 Xavier Musketeers at 8PM on FoxSports1.

Miami fell to 0-2 this past weekend as they fell to Arizona State by a score of 90-54.  The Redhawks were absolutely dominated in all facets of the game as Arizona State held them to 18 points in the first half and 32.8% shooting for the game.  The RedHawks also laid brick after brick from behind the arc as well going 4-20 on the night.  Reggie Johnson and Blake McLimans combined for 39 points while the rest of the RedHawks bench combined for just 15 total points.  On the young season, Miami ranks 341st and 342nd in points and rebounds per game.

Xavier Musketeers vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/20/13

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Xavier is off to a solid start and find themselves at 3-0 with their most recent win coming this past weekend as they dominated Morehead State 79-56.  Semaj Christon led all scorers with 20 and big man Matt Stainbrook added 7 points and 10 rebounds. The Xavier defense was especially effective, holding all of Morehead’s starters to single digit scoring and forcing 17 turnovers. The Musketeers were 21-30 at the line in a contest that was lengthened quite a bit by tick tack fouls in the second half (56 called in total).

Some trends to consider - Miami (OH) is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games against non-conference opponents and Xavier is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games at home.

Xavier’s defense and size advantage should make this an easy W for the Musketeers.  I expect the Xavier defense to fluster a team that struggles to score on anyone and look for Christon to continue his strong scoring ways for Xavier as the Musketeers win this one by 20-25 points and get the cover in front of the home crowd.

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