Xavier vs. Cincinnati - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bearcats (7-0) at Xavier Musketeers (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cintas Center.
The Cincinnati Bearcats look to improve to 8-0 on the season when they take to the road for the first time. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 87.9 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 57.3 points on 34.6 percent shooting. Gary Clark is averaging 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds while Jacob Evans is averaging 11.7 points and 4.3 assists. Jarron Cumberland is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Washington is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won seven of their last nine road games.
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The Xavier Musketeers look for another win over ranked teams while improving to 7-1 on the season. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 89 points on 55 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 19.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while J.P. Macura is averaging 14.6 points and 3.3 assists. Kaiser Gates is the third double-digit scorer and Tyrique Jones is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won seven of their last 10 home games.
The Bearcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 vs. Big East and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Musketeers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 38-18 ATS in their last 56 non-conference games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bearcats are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Xavier, the favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Big rivarly, as these two teams hate each other, which makes home court big in these games, and the home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings. This is also the first road game of the season for the Bearcats, so it'll be interesting to see how they handle it. Overall, I like the Xavier Musketeers experience in games like this and think they have the outside shooting to kind of soften up this Cincy defense. I'll lay the small chalk with the home team here.