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Xavier Musketeers vs Drake Bulldogs Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Xavier Musketeers travelling to Drake Sunday to take on the Bulldogs.
Anaheim Convention Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
The Bulldogs are 2-2 so far on the season, and 3-0 ATS vs. the number. The Musketeers, meanwhile, are 4-1 and 2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Drake go 1-1 and the Musketeers go 2-1 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bulldogs as 3-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bulldogs, most recently No. 178 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Musketeers, who rate No. 45 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 85-81 victory for the Musketeers.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Musketeers is ranked No. 326 in NCAA hoops at 29.2 per game. Contrast that with Drake’s No. 269 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Drake is the No. 7-ranked team in the country at 10 per game, while Xavier rates No. 70 at 7.6 per game.
Defensively, Xavier features the nation's No. 119-rated defense on the road, allowing 65 points per game. Drake, meanwhile, comes in at No. 33 nationally in scoring at home.
Xavier won its last outing, a 69-65 result against Drexel on November 23. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Semaj Christon scored 23 points leading the Musketeers to a 69-65 victory over Drexel at Anaheim Convention Center on Friday.
Last time out for Drake, they were a 77-66 winner as they battled Rice at home. They covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. Ben Simons scored 18 points leading the Bulldogs to a 77-66 victory over Rice at Anaheim Convention Center on Friday.
Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Purdue are 7-0
After a win are 5-5
Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
After a win are 3-7
Xavier at Purdue, Saturday, December 1
Drake at Nevada, Friday, November 30