Xavier vs. Miami (OH) - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami (OH) Redhawks (0-0) vs. Xavier Musketeers (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox College Sports - Atlantic
The Miami (OH) Redhawks travel to the Cintas Center to take on the Xavier Musketeers this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Miami (OH) Redhawks enter the season looking to improve upon their 2014-15 season in which they finished with a 13-19 record. The Redhawks finished 8-10 in the MAC East and lost in the first round of the MAC conference tournament falling to the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 62-61. Offensively, the Redhawks averaged 66.3 ppg (ranked 206th) on 44.0% FG shooting. Miami (OH) averaged 5.8 three-pointers per game and 30.8 RPG. Defensively, Miami (OH) allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg (ranked 264th) on 45.6% (ranked 307th). Miami (OH) returns three of their top four scorers from last year’s squad in Eric Washington (14.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.5 apg 1.4 spg), Geovonie McKnight (10.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 spg) and Willie Moore (7.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 spg). The Redhawks and coach John Cooper will continue to try and find answers in the paint as they ranked 320th in college basketball last year in reb/game. Miami (OH) really turned their season around late in conference play winning 5 of their last 8 games and although they aren’t projected to do much in the MAC, they do have some solid talents in the backcourt that should get them some wins.
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The Xavier Musketeers had a slow start to their 2014-15 season and although they finished 23-14 with a 9-9 Big East record, the Musketeers made it to the Sweet 16 before falling to the Arizona Wildcats 68-60. Xavier was one of the higher scoring teams in the country last season as they averaged 73.3 ppg (ranked 44th) on 47.5 FG % (ranked 27th). The Musketeers were solid at the free-throw line as they shot 73.0% as a team (ranked 50th). Defensively, Xavier allowed their opponents to average 67.4 ppg (ranked 196th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 201st). The Musketeers lost two big pieces of their team in Matt Stainbrook (12.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Dee Davis (9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.3 spg). Returning for Xavier will be Trevon Bluiett (11.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jalen Reynolds (9.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and Myles Davis (10.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Xavier biggest newcomer is Kaiser Gates who is a forward who can stretch out the floor and hit the three. Xavier will need to find some answers to replace Stainbrook and Davis but they have some of the more talented players in the Big East in Bluiett and Reynolds and shouldn’t have any problem making the NCAA Tournament once again.
The Redhawks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Musketeers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Xavier is a loaded team but still has some question marks as they try to find who will replace Dee Davis as their point and need to find some production down low that Stainbrook provided last year. Miami (OH) will have trouble with Jalen Reynolds but I think their backcourt led by Eric Washington will be able to put up some points on the Musketeers and keep this one within the large number. Take Miami (OH) and the points.