Xavier vs. Wright State - 12/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (3-5) at Xavier Musketeers (8-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Cintas Center to take on the 12th ranked Xavier Musketeers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Wright State Raiders dropped to 3-5 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia State Panthers, 59-46, this past Friday. Wright State struggled offensively as they shot just 32.7% from the field and committed 17 turnovers in the loss. The Raiders allowed Georgia State to shoot 52.4% from the field and 86.7% (13-15) from the FT line. Leading the way for Wright State was JT Yoho who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Raiders have been led by JT Yoho (11.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Joe Thomasson (11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.5 apg), and Mark Alstork (10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 60.6 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field and 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Raiders average 7.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover of 0.94. Defensively, Wright State is allowing an average of 63.9 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Raiders have a rebound margin of -2.9 and average just 4.5 spg.
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The 12th ranked Xavier Musketeers stayed a perfect 8-0 (0-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 95-64, this past Saturday. Xavier shot an impressive 57.1% from the field, 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc, and 72.7% (24-33) from the FT line. The Musketeers were solid the defensive end holding the Hilltoppers to just 38.7% from the field and 22.7 from three-point range. Xavier outrebounded Western Kentucky by a 40-32 margin and only committed 9 turnovers. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Trevon Bluiett who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, Xavier has been led by Trevon Bluiett (15.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Edmond Sumner (11.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.1 apg), and Myles Davis (10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.9 apg). Offensively, Xavier is averaging 82.4 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field and 35.6% from three-point range. The Musketeers average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, Xavier is allowing their opponents to average 65.1 ppg on 40.3% shooting. The Musketeers have a rebound margin of 13.6 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
The Raiders are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Musketeers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Wright State has been a solid defensive team this season but has really struggled offensively as they are barley averaging 60.0 ppg. Xavier has been outstanding to start the season and have had little issue on offensive as they rank 48th in the country in scoring and 7th in rebound margin. Xavier has a scoring margin of 17.3 on the season and as Wright State is averaging just 53.3 ppg on the road this season, I think the Musketeers will be able to cover this large spread at home.