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College Basketball Matchup - Cincinnati Bearcats Xavier Musketeers Odds Preview

Cincinnati MusketeersXavier Bearcats
7-3December 14, 2013, 08:00 | U.S. Bank Arena7-1

U.S. Bank Arena will host Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Xavier Musketeers action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Bearcats sit at 7-1 (2-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Musketeers are currently 7-3 (4-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Cincinnati is 0-3 OU, and Xavier is 3-5 OU.

View Xavier Musketeers vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

Cincinnati opened as -2.5-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.

The Bearcats - Musketeers odds would favor the Bearcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cincinnati is rated No. 62 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Xavier is at No. 88.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 63-60 winner as they battled Evansville at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 10-point favorite. Xavier earned a 63-60 victory over Evansville on Tuesday, getting 19 points from Semaj Christon at Cintas Center.

Cincinnati was a 63-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against New Mexico. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Bearcats to a win (they lost 63-54 to New Mexico at The Pit on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Musketeers rank No. 58 in NCAA Division 1 with 39 per game. That compares with Cincinnati’s No. 95 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cincinnati is college basketball's No. 163-ranked team at 5.62 per game, while the Musketeers rate No. 189 with 5.2 per game.

Next up:
Xavier at Alabama, Saturday, December 21st
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, December 17th