Xavier vs. Alabama - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (5-1) at Xavier Musketeers (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Xavier Musketeers play Saturday night at the Cintas Center.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are off to a quick 5-1 start and will play their first true road game. On the season, Alabama is averaging 79.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 70.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Levi Randolph leads the Tide with 19.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while Ricky Tarrant is averaging 14 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Rodney Cooper is the third Alabama to average to double-digit points and Jimmie Taylor is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide has become an offensive team with seven players averaging at least five points and are shooting an impressive 81.2 percent from the free throw line. Alabama’s defense could improve, as the Crimson Tide are allowing teams to shoot 34.3 percent from deep but are forcing nearly 15 turnovers.
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The Xavier Musketeers are 5-2 but have lost back-to-back games. On the season, Xavier is averaging 83.6 points on 52 percent shooting and is allowing 68.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 16 points and 8.1 rebounds while Trevon Bluiett is averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds. Myles Davis is the third player averaging double-digit points and Dee Davis is dishing out six assists per game. The Xavier Musketeers are an offensive machine, having six players averaging at least eight points and shooting 36.8 percent from three as a team. However, Xavier and its 62 shots per game is really impacting the defense, as the Musketeers have allowed a combined 150 points in their last two games and are allowing 40.3 percent shooting from deep.
The Crimson Tide are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Musketeers are 25-9 ATS in their last 34 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
The Xavier Musketeers have been absolute money against the number on their home court and it's hard to go against that trend. Alabama still has some work to do to become a balanced team.