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NCAA hoops odds preview - Kent State vs. Xavier

Kent State Golden FlashesXavier Musketeers
Dec 9, 4:00 PM | Cintas Center

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Xavier Musketeers Odds

5-4TEAM RECORD6-2

The visiting Kent State Golden Flashes hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Cintas Center against the Xavier Musketeers.

Supporters of the Golden Flashes have watched them go 5-4 and 3-3 ATS on the year, while the Musketeers are at 6-2 and 4-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Musketeers are 4-2, while the Golden Flashes have a 3-2 mark.

View Kent State vs Xavier Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Xavier opened as 11-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Musketeers - Golden Flashes odds would favor the Musketeers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Xavier is rated No. 180 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Kent State is at No. 209. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 78-70 win for the Musketeers.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Xavier's No. 310-rated squad against Kent State's No. 216-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Xavier rates No. 140 in the country with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 180 nationally with 6.1 per match.

Defensively, Kent State features the nation's No. 200-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.3 points per game. Xavier, meanwhile, comes in at No. 152 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Kent State was a 76-60 loser on the road against Bucknell. Devareaux Manley scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Flashes to a win (they lost 76-60 to Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion on Tuesday).

Xavier was a 66-64 loser in their most recent outing at home against Vanderbilt. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites. Xavier got 15 points from Travis Taylor but lost anyway, 66-64, to Vanderbilt on Thursday at Cintas Center.

Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After playing Vanderbilt are 1-1
After a loss are 8-2

A few Golden Flashes at Musketeers trends to consider:
Kent State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier's last 5 games
Xavier is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Xavier is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Kent State home to St. Francis PA, Thursday, December 20
Xavier at Cincinnati, Wednesday, December 19