Xavier Musketeers vs. Auburn Tigers - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Auburn Tigers (4-2) at Xavier Musketeers (10-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Auburn Tigers will play the Xavier Musketeers in a non-conference game on Saturday.
The Xavier Musketeers are 10-0 and are coming off of a win against Cincinnati by a score of 65-55. Xavier raced out to a 16-point lead at halftime and held off their opponent in the second half for the win. Myles Davis had 17 points and 3 assists for Xavier. Edmond Sumner added 11 points and 5 assists for the Musketeers. Xavier tied their opponent in rebounding with 32 rebounds and 14 assists in their victory. Xavier is averaging 81.4 points per game while giving up 63.1 points per game. Xavier is also averaging 43 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 14.6 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game, while Myles Davis is averaging 11.7 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for Xavier. Xavier is shooting 73.6% on free throws, 36.9% on three-pointers, and 44.8% on all field goal attempts.
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The Auburn Tigers are 5-2 and are coming off of a win against Mercer by a score of 78-71. Auburn used a 15-5 second half run to extend its lead and was able to hold off Mercer for the win. Kareem Canty had 21 points and 6 assists for Auburn. Tyler Harris added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Auburn was out rebounded by a total of 46-38 and had 17 assists in their victory. Auburn is averaging 87.1 points per game while giving up 77.9 points per game. Auburn is also averaging 39.9 rebounds per game and 15.4 assists per game. Kareem Canty is averaging 19.3 points per game and 6 assists per game, while Tyler Harris is averaging 17 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game for Auburn. Auburn is shooting 65.1% on free throws, 40.1% on three-pointers, and 46.4% on all field goal attempts.
Auburn is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Auburn is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The 5-0 in Auburn’s last 5 games. Xavier is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Xavier is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against the SEC. The over is 4-1 in Xavier’s last 5 games overall.
Xavier has started the season out very strong and has yet to lose a game. Auburn also has played well to start the season, but has been let down by their defensive play. I expect Xavier to score a lot of points in this game, but Auburn has an offense that can also put a lot of points on the board. The difference in this game will be Xavier’s defense, but I think Auburn will be able to keep it close at least.