The Xavier Musketeers and Saint Mary’s Gaels meet Sunday in college basketball action at the T-Mobile Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Xavier Musketeers Betting Preview
The Xavier Musketeers look to rebound from back to back losses. The Xavier Musketeers lost to Washington by 3 points on Friday. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 74.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Desmon Claude is averaging 17.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Quincy Olivari is averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Gytis Nemeiksa is the third double-digit scorer and Abou Ousmane is dishing 0.5 assists. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 28.4 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 26.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.
Saint Mary’s Gaels Betting Preview
The Saint Mary’s Gaels have also lost their last 2 games. The Saint Mary’s Gaels lost Friday to San Diego State, 54-79. The Saint Mary’s Gaels are averaging 72.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 56.5 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Aidan Mahaney is averaging 14.8 points and 2.8 assists, while Mitchell Saxen is averaging 10.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Joshua Jefferson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Harry Wessels is dishing 0.5 assists. The Saint Mary’s Gaels are shooting 27 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary’s Gaels are allowing 26.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels are the more talented team on paper and should have the crowd edge in Vegas, but this is a decent amount of points to just throw Xavier. The Xavier Musketeers are a good defensive team that doesn't give up anything easy, they had their chances to beat Washington and gave Purdue a run on the road before that. Xavier isn't going to back down. This should be close late. I want points in my pocket.