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Xavier vs. Siena - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Xavier vs. Siena
Date & Time Friday November 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cintas Center
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Xavier Musketeers -20.5 . Total 141.5
TV Channel
FSN
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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Siena Saints hit the road to play the host Xavier Musketeers. Siena is (1-0) on the season, coming off a win against the American Eagles, 96-80.  The Musketeers come into this home matchup ranked 19th in the country and (1-0) on the season.  Xavier is coming of a win against Jacksonville, 76-57.

In the win over American, the Saints had a tremendous first half.  The Saints put up 54 first half points and took a 23 point lead into the locker room.  Jalen Pickett led the way with 22 points for the Saints.  Pickett made 7 of his 16 shot attempts.  Elijah Burns came 1 rebound shy of a double-double in the season opener.  Burns added 19 points and 9 rebounds.  Both teams hot over 50% for the game.  Siena led by as many 25 points in the game.

Tyrique Jones guided the Musketeers in the win over Jacksonville, totaling a double-double in the game.  Jones netted 17 points and 11 rebounds.  Naji Marshall contributed 17 points in the win.  The Musketeers forced 18 turnovers in the win.  Xavier shot 48% from the floor for the game and out rebounded Jacksonville 39 to 33.  Xavier led by as many as 21 points en route to the win. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.

Saints are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. the Big East.

The over is 6-0 in Saints last 6 vs. the Big East.

Musketeers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Musketeers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games.

The under is 6-1 in Musketeers last 7 home games.

Xavier leads the head to head matchup, 2 games to none.  Up to this point on the young season, the Saints are 1-0 ATS and the Musketeers are 0-1 ATS. The Saints have done well ATS in their recent matchups with members from the Big East.  What stands out the most is, the over is 6-0 in the Saints last 6 games vs. the Big East.  The Saints put up 96 points against a division 1 school in their first game and also gave up 80.  Therefore the Saints like to shoot the ball, but doesn't look like they care to play defense.   The Musketeers have a great offense as well.  This should be a track meet, where we see a lot of offensive possessions.  In the end, the Musketeers will win comfortably, but the total will go over.  Final score prediction, Xavier wins and the total goes over, 84-64. 

Pick:
Over 141.5
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