Xavier Musketeers (4-3) vs Houston Cougars (7-0)
2023-12-01 18:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Xavier Musketeers +9.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
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The Houston Cougars look for an eighth win to remain undefeated on the year. The Xavier Musketeers look for a statement win after splitting their last 6 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Houston Cougars vs Xavier Musketeers prediction.
Houston Cougars Betting Preview
The Houston Cougars beat Montana a week ago after sweeping the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic with wins over Towson, Utah, and Dayton. The Houston Cougars are averaging 76.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 49 points on 35.3 percent shooting. LJ Cryer is averaging 17 points 2.6 rebounds, while Emanuel Sharp is averaging 11.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Jamal Shead is dishing 6.3 assists and J’Wan Roberts is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Houston Cougars are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Cougars are allowing 27.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.7 rebounds per game.
Xavier Musketeers Betting Preview
The Xavier Musketeers lost to Oakland on Monday to put a damper on recent wins over Saint Mary’s and Bryant. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 77.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 38.8 percent shooting. Desmond Claude is averaging 16.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Quincy Olivari is averaging 13.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Gytis Nemeiksa is the third double-digit scorer and Abou Ousmane is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free-throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 27.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game.
Houston vs Xavier Prediction
The Xavier Musketeers have had issues this season whenever playing a respectable team, and their loss to Oakland doesn’t look good. The Houston Cougars are easily the best team Xavier has seen so far, and while they’re undefeated, they’ve also covered 3 straight games. Houston has a defense that travels well. Xavier will have issues scoring. Give me Houston in a comfortable road win.