Seton Hall Pirates (7-5) vs. Xavier Musketeers (9-3)
December 20, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -8.5 / Seton Hall Pirates +8.5; Over/Under: +145.5
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The Seton Hall Pirates and Xavier Musketeers meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Cintas Center. The Seton Hall Pirates look for their eighth win. The Xavier Musketeers look for their 10th win.
The Seton Hall Pirates are averaging 68.5 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 61.5 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Al-Amir Dawes is averaging 11 points and 1.6 assists, while Dre Davis is averaging 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. Tyrese Samuel is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Tray Jackson is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Seton Hall Pirates are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Seton Hall Pirates are allowing 28.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 84.8 points on 51.6 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 44 percent shooting. Souley Boum is averaging 17.9 points and 4 rebounds, while Jack Nunge is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Colby Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Freemantle is dishing 3.2 assists. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game.
The Pirates are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Musketeers are 3-15 ATS in their last 18 Tuesday games. The under is 35-17 in Pirates last 52 overall. The over is 20-6 in Musketeers last 26 overall. The road team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 15-3 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
The Seton Hall Pirates are a tough-minded group that will be up for this game, but their lack of scoring options is an issue, especially on the road. The Xavier Musketeers have the ability to shoot most teams out of the gym, especially at home, where they win by an average of 15.6 points ad shoot 52.4 percent from the field. I’m worried about Seton Hall having the offensive horses to keep up. Give me Xavier in a comfortable home win.