Xavier vs. Florida Gulf Coast - 12/28/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (9-3) at Xavier Musketeers (8-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Xavier Musketeers and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles face off on Sunday in Cincinnati in college basketball action.
The Xavier Musketeers are 8-3 this season and they are coming off of an upset loss at Auburn. Xavier is averaging 82.7 points and they are shooting 51.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.5 percent. Trevon Bluett leads the Musketeers averaging 14.2 points per game. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds, Myles Davis is averaging 10 points, and Remy Abell is averaging 9.8 points. Xavier is 6-0 at home this season.
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The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are 9-3 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. FGCU is averaging 69.3 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.2 points and their opponents shoot 39.2 percent. Bernard Thompson is averaging 15.3 points per game to lead the Eagles. Bret Comer is averaging 12.2 points and 7.5 assists, Julian DeBose is averaging 11 points, and Marc-Eddy Norelia is averaging 10 points and 6.8 rebounds. Florida Gulf Coast is 1-1 on the road this season.
Xavier is 26-10 against the spread in their last 36 home games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight Sunday games. Florida Gulf Coast is 5-0 against the spread following a loss, 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 road games, and 13-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
There is a big number on this one but I see Xavier having a solid chance to cover it and while it is borderline at best Xavier minus the points is my pick.