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Can Baylor pull off the upset vs Xavier?

The Baylor Bears head to Ohio to take on the Xavier Musketeers and will face an uphill battle to get the win at Cintas Center. X dropped a tough road loss to Arizona State and will look to rebound against their toughest opponent so far. The Bears are 5-0 SU to start the year and opened as +4.5 road dogs versus the Musketeers.

SHARK BITES
  • Baylor is 3-0 SU in its last three games against Xavier.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Xavier’s last six games.
  • Baylor is 5-0 ATS in its last five games against the Big East.

Xavier is shooting the lights out this season, averaging 91 points per game and shooting 40 percent from three-point range. Senior Trevon Bluiett is averaging 21.3 points per game and could cause problems for the Bears’ perimeter defenders. An interesting trend to note for bettors looking to place a wager on the Musketeers: Xavier has won 33 straight non-conference home games.

Winning on the road against a nationally ranked team is not an easy task. But Baylor will be up to the challenge after getting a week of rest. Fresh off defeating Creighton, the Bears defeated the Musketeers last year in Waco and return most of their starting lineup. Taking the plus spread for the Bears could pay dividends for Baylor backers.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Baylor Bears before tipoff in this one found them as 4.5-point underdogs over at Bovada earlier.

Baylor Bears vs Xavier Musketeers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Xavier Musketeers bring a 5-1 record (5-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-0 Bears, who are 2-0 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Xavier go 5-1 so far and the Baylor Bears go 0-2.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark show the No. 50-rated Bears taking on the No. 17-rated Musketeers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Xavier has the nation's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 91.17 PPG. The visiting Baylor Bears defense ranks No. 16 allowing on average 59.4 PPG. The Musketeers FG% has averaged 56.76% so far, more than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.57% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bears got 19 points from King McClure as Baylor ran past Creighton 65-59 on Tuesday at Sprint Center.

The Musketeers endured a 102-86 loss at the hands of the Sun Devils on Friday, despite a 23-point effort from J.P. Macura at Orleans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Baylor is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Baylor is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • Baylor is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
  • Xavier is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Xavier is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier's last 6 games
  • Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Baylor home to Wichita State, Saturday, December 2
Xavier at Cincinnati, Saturday, December 2

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