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Musketeers are heavy home favorites vs Thundering Herd

The No. 9-ranked Xavier Musketeers will play host to the Marshall Thundering Herd and both teams are coming off close wins over the weekend. Xavier had to rally from a 22-point deficit vs East Tennessee while Marshall edged Ohio. The Musketeers have won five straight games and are 9-0 SU and 8-1 ATS at the Cintas Center this season. X opened as a 22.5-point favorite vs the Herd.

  • The total has gone OVER in eight of Xavier’s last 10 games at home.
  • Marshall is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road vs teams with winning records.
  • Marshall is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games vs Big East teams.

The Herd have been respectable this season and should make it a decent challenge for the Musketeers to hold home court. Marshall’s backcourt has played tremendously this season and Jon Elmore recorded a triple-double vs Ohio while Ajdin Penava notched 33 points. While those stat lines are impressive, to duplicate those vs the Musketeers would be a long shot.

Xavier, on the other hand, has won 38 consecutive non-conference home games and its only loss this season was to the suddenly hot Arizona State Sun Devils. The Musketeers have been led by senior point guard Trevon Bluiett, who is averaging over 21 points per game and has led his team to third in the nation in field-goal percentage. And backers of Xavier will love to know this. The Musketeers are 6-0 ATS in their last six games as a favorite of 22 points or more.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Xavier Musketeers as 22.5-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved; check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Xavier Musketeers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Xavier Musketeers bring a 10-1 record (9-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 8-3 Thundering Herd, who are 3-5 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Xavier go 8-3 so far and the Marshall Thundering Herd go 5-3.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Musketeers and the No. 160-ranked Thundering Herd, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Xavier has the nation's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 88.36 PPG. The visiting Marshall Thundering Herd defense ranks No. 254 allowing on average 83.91 PPG. The Musketeers FG% has averaged 52.85% so far, more than the Xavier marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.8% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Ajdin Penava went off for 33 points and added 15 rebounds for good measure, leading Marshall to a 99-96 win over Ohio on Saturday at Cam Henderson Center.

Xavier earned a 68-66 victory over East Tennessee State on Saturday, getting 18 points from Trevon Bluiett at Cintas Center.

Betting Trends
  • Marshall is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Marshall is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Marshall is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of Marshall's last 20 games on the road
  • Xavier is 16-3 ATS in its last 19 games
  • Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Xavier's last 11 games
  • Xavier is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Marshall home to Eastern Kentucky, Friday, December 22
Xavier at Northern Iowa, Friday, December 22