Norfolk State Spartans (5-0) vs. Xavier Musketeers (3-0)
November 21, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Xavier Musketeers-19.5 / Norfolk State Spartans +19.5 ; Over/Under: +141
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The Norfolk State Spartand and the Xavier Musketeers meet in college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Norfolk State Spartans come into this game looking to build on a 90-84 win over Bowling Green in their last matchup. Joe Bryant Jr. leads the Spartans with 17.4 PPG along with 5 RPG and a team-high 3.4 APG while Christian Ings has 14.4 PPG with 3 APG and 1.8 SPG. Jaren Hawkins also has 13 PPG with 5 RPG and Kris Bankston has 12.5 PPG and 7.2 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Norfolk State so far this season. As a team, Norfolk State is averaging 87.4 PPG on 55.2% shooting from the field, 39.7% from three and 68.5% from the foul line while allowing 65.6 PPG on 36.6% shooting from the field and 33.1% from three this season.
The Xavier Musketeers will look to add to a 71-65 win over Ohio State in their last game. Paul Scruggs leads Xavier in scoring and assists with 18 PPG and 4.3 APG along with 6 RPG as well while Colby Jones has 14 PPG and a team-high 8.3 RPG on the year. Jack Nunge has 10.7 PPG with 8 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Xavier so far this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 69 PPG on 39.3% shooting from the field, 23.8% rom three and 73.3% from the foul line while allowing 61.3 PPG on 37.5% shooting from the field and 37.7% from three this season.
Norfolk State is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. Xavier is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win while the over is 13-6-1 in their last 20 home games.
I get that this is a spot where Xavier should be a heavy favorite, but the reality of it all is that the Spartans have done a good job at covering and winning against whoever’s been foot in front of them. I’m not sure Xavier has had the toughest tests outside of Ohio State and I just think this is a case of too many points. I look for Norfolk state to bag a cover here.