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Billikens open as college hoops underdog vs Musketeers

Saint Louis BillikensXavier Musketeers
Jan 25, 7:00 PM | Cintas Center

Saint Louis Billikens vs Xavier Musketeers Odds


The Xavier Musketeers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Saint Louis Billikens at Cintas Center on Wednesday in NCAAB play.

The Musketeers currently sports a 13-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-9-1 ATS. The Billikens are 15-4 and 10-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Musketeers produce a 8-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Billikens have gone 8-6-1 against the number.

View Saint Louis vs Xavier Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Xavier sat as 3-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Musketeers rated this week at No. 24 and the Billikens sitting at No. 101. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 80-71 result in favor of the Billikens.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Xavier has the nation's No. 113-rated offensive output, at 71.5 PPG. The visiting Billikens defense ranks No. 7 allowing on average 55.6 PPG. The Musketeers FG% has averaged 45.9% so far, less than the Billikens marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.3% per game.

Defensively, Saint Louis features the nation's No. 77-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.8 points per game. Xavier, meanwhile, comes in at No. 196 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Saint Louis was a 68-41 winner at home against Duquesne. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Billikens and Dukes didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Duquesne was handed a 68-41 defeat on Saturday at Chaifetz Arena.

Last time out for Xavier, they were an 87-72 loser as they battled Dayton on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. Xavier suffered an 87-72 loss against Dayton on Saturday, getting 21 points from Tu Holloway in a losing effort at Dayton Arena.

Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Massachusetts are 4-5
After playing Duquesne are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Charlotte are 9-1
After playing Dayton are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Billikens at Musketeers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Louis's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saint Louis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Xavier
Saint Louis is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
Saint Louis is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Saint Louis
Xavier is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Xavier is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Xavier is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Saint Louis

Next up:
Saint Louis at Massachusetts, Saturday, January 28
Xavier at Charlotte, Saturday, January 28