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Xavier vs. Ohio - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (5-2) at Xavier Musketeers (5-3)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 6:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -11 -- Over/Under: 148.5
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NCAA BB | Ohio Bobcats (5-2) at Xavier Musketeers (5-3)
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The Ohio Bobcats and the Xavier Musketeers meet in college basketball action from Cintas Center on Wednesday night.

The Ohio Bobcats come into this game looking to build on their winning streak which currently sits at 3 games following a 101-84 win over Marshall in their last outing. Jason Carter led the Bobcats with 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 12 rebounds while Ben Vander Plas and Gavin Block each had 18 points with Vanderplas shooting 7 of 13 with 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Block hit 6 threes and added 3 steals. Teyvion Kirk added 17 points with 8 rebounds, a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals of his own to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Ohio in the win, while Antonio Cowart Jr. added 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds with 4 assists. Carter leads the Bobcats in scoring with 19.6 points per game while Doug Taylor leads Ohio in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game and Kirk leads the Bobcats in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 79.3 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 26.3% from behind the arc and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

The Xavier Musketeers will be look to add to their own 3-game winning streak after a 73-63 win over Oakland in their last outing. Naji Marshall led the Musketeers with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting while Tyrique Jones, Zach Hankins and Ryan Welage each added 11 points with Jones adding 11 rebounds for the double-double while Hankins added 7 rebounds and Welage chipped in 3 threes. Paul Scruggs and Kyle Castlin each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double-digits for Xavier in the win, with Scruggs adding a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals. Marshall leads the Musketeers in scoring with 13.1 points per game while Jones leads Xavier on the glass with 9.2 rebounds per game and Quentin Goodin leads Marshall in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 79 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

Ohio is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Big East and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Xavier is 1-6-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 non-conference games.

Neither of these teams have been anything special ATS as of late, and I’ll concede that Xavier should be the favorite here. However, the Musketeers haven’t been overly impressive against the number at home this season, and while this is Ohio’s first true road test of the season, I think the Bobcats have enough talent to keep this one within single digits, so I’ll take Ohio and the points here.

Ohio +11

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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