Seton Hall Pirates (6-4) at Xavier Musketeers (8-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -3 -- Over/Under: 144 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Seton Hall Pirates and the Xavier Musketeers meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Wednesday night.
The Seton Hall Pirates will look to build on a 78-67 win over Georgetown that got Seton Hall to 6-4 on the year coming into this game. Myles Cale led the Pirates with 30 points on 10 of 16 shooting with 5 threes while Jared Rhoden added 26 points on 10 of 19 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 12 rebounds along with 4 assists and a pair of steals for the double-double as the only other double-digit scorer for Seton Hall in the win. Bryce Aiken had a team-high 6 assists while Shavar Reynolds dished out 5 assists with a pair of steals and Ike Obiagu chipped in 4 points with 9 rebounds and 9 blocks. Sandro Mamukelashvili led the had just 2 points but still leads Seton Hall in scoring with 18.2 points per game while Rhoden leads the Pirates on the glass with 7.6 rebounds per game and Reynolds leads Seton Hall in assists with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 76.7 points on 45.7% shooting from the field, 36.1% from 3-point range and 71.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.9 points on 42.3% shooting from the field and 35% from 3-point range this season.
The Xavier Musketeers will try to rebound from their first loss of the season, falling to 8-1 with a 66-61 loss to Creighton last time out. Nate Johnson led the Musketeers with 12 points on 4 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes and 5 rebounds while Paul Scruggs added 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 4 assists as the only other double-digit scorer for Xavier in the losing effort. Colby Jones led Xavier with 6 boards while Zach Freemantle, Kyky Tandy and Adam Kunkel all had 5 rebounds as well in the defeat for the Musketeers. Freemantle leads Xavier in scoring with an average of 16.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Scruggs leads the Musketeers in assists with 6.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 81.6 points on 49.3% shooting from the field, 39.1% from 3-point range and 72.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.4 points on 38.2% shooting from the field and 31.4% from 3-point range this season.
Seton Hall is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Xavier is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings as well.
I get why the Musketeers are favored here as they’ve been rock solid at home and a loss to Creighton on the road is nothing to sneeze at. However, The underdog has had all of the recent success in this matchup and Seton Hall has the pieces to hang with Xavier in this matchup. I think this could end up being a 1-2 point game, so I’ll take the free bucket with Seton Hall in this spot.