NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Musketeers underdogs vs Bearcats at Cincinnati
Xavier Musketeers vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Cincinnati vs Xavier battle Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena as the Bearcats look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at U.S. Bank Arena.
The Bearcats bring a 10-0 record (4-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-2 Musketeers, who are 4-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Cincinnati go 2-3 so far and the Musketeers go 4-3.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bearcats sit at No. 17 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Musketeers sit at No. 145 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bearcats will win this game 93-77.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Musketeers rank No. 303 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.6 per game. That compares with Cincinnati’s No. 1 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cincinnati is college basketball's No. 55-ranked team at 7.8 per game, while the Musketeers rate No. 145 with 6.4 per game.
Defensively, Xavier features the nation's No. 72-rated defense on the road, allowing 64 points per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 nationally in scoring at home.
Xavier was a 62-55 winner in its last match at home against Kent State. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. The Musketeers got 18 points from Semaj Christon as Xavier ran past Kent State 62-55 on Sunday at Cintas Center.
Cincinnati won its last outing, a 72-56 result against Marshall on December 15. They covered in that game as a 13-point favorite. The Bearcats got 14 points from Cashmere Wright as Cincinnati ran past Marshall 72-56 on Saturday at Charleston Civic Center.
Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Wofford are 0-1
After playing Kent State are 3-1
After a win are 6-4
Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Wright State are 2-2
After playing Marshall are 1-1
After a win are 9-1
A few Musketeers at Bearcats trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Xavier
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Xavier
Xavier home to Wofford, Saturday, December 22
Cincinnati home to Wright State, Saturday, December 22