Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Xavier Musketeers - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (16-10) at Cincinnati Bearcats (17-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Xavier Musketeers will travel to the Fifth Third Arena to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Xavier Musketeers dropped to 16-10 (7-7 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the St. John's Red Storm, 78-70, this past Saturday. Xavier shot 42.2% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Matt Stainbrook who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Xavier is ranked 42nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 31st ranked SOS. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Trevon Bluiett (12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Matt Stainbrook (12.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 apg). Xavier is averaging 76.5 ppg (ranked 22nd) on 48.1% shooting (ranked 21st). The Musketeers average 17.2 apg (ranked 7th) and are shooting 73.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 39th). Xavier is holding their opponents to an average of 68.7 (ranked 242nd) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 233rd). The Musketeers are pulling down 24.69 defensive rpg (ranked 97th) and have a rebound margin of 3.7 (ranked 71st).
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The Cincinnati Bearcats dropped to 17-8 (8-5 American) on the season after being defeated by the Tulane Green Wave, 50-49, this past Saturday. Cincinnati shot 44.0% from the field and 0.0% (0-11) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Octavius Ellis who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Cincinnati is ranked 39th in the RPI Standings and has played the 46th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bearcats have been led by Troy Caupain (10.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg) and Octavius Ellis (9.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 bpg). Cincinnati is averaging 61.7 ppg (ranked 305th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 131st). The Bearcats average just 4.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 298th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.87 (ranked 256th). Cincinnati is holding their opponents to an average of 55.2 ppg (ranked 7th) on 38.7% shooting (ranked 25th). The Bearcats average 5.8 bpg (ranked 12th) and commit just 15.2 personal fouls per game (ranked 13th).
The Musketeers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games The Bearcats are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Both Xavier and Cincinnati are sliding a bit as Xavier has dropped three out of their last five, including their past two home games, and Cincinnati has lost their last two games. This will be an interesting match-up as Xavier has a solid offensive, while Cincinnati has an outstanding defensive. As this is a big rivalry game, and it's pretty much set as a pick-em at the moment, I have to lean towards the home team in this one as I think Cincinnati's defensive will be able to slow down Xavier enough to pull out the victory. Take Cincinnati in this one.