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NCAAB Game Preview - Spiders underdogs vs Musketeers at Xavier

Richmond SpidersXavier Musketeers
Feb 25, 8:00 PM | Cintas Center

Richmond Spiders vs Xavier Musketeers Odds

15-14TEAM RECORD17-10

Richmond pays a visit to Xavier on Saturday, hoping to send the Musketeers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Cintas Center.

The Spiders will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 11-12-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Musketeers are 9-14-2 ATS. Richmond is 13-11 on the totals; Xavier is 15-10.

View Richmond vs Xavier Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Musketeers as 9-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 189-rated Richmond taking on the No. 45-rated Musketeers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 73-71 win for the Musketeers on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Xavier's No. 85-ranked offense, averaging 72 PPG, against a Spiders defense that ranks No. 166 at 66.7 PPG. The Musketeers field goal percentage has averaged 45.8% so far, more than the Spiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.5% per game.

Defensively, Richmond features the nation's No. 133-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.4 points per game. Xavier, meanwhile, comes in at No. 146 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Richmond, they were a 52-49 winner as they battled Saint Joseph's on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. The Spiders grabbed a 52-49 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, behind a 17-point effort from Derrick Williams at Hagan Arena.

Xavier lost its last outing, an 80-73 result against Massachusetts on February 21. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. Xavier got 19 points from Dezmine Wells but lost anyway, 80-73, to Massachusetts on Tuesday at Mullins Center.

Richmond Spiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Dayton are 6-4
After playing Saint Joseph's are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Saint Louis are 6-4
After playing Massachusetts are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

A few Spiders at Musketeers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Richmond's last 5 games when playing on the road against Xavier
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Richmond's last 6 games on the road
Richmond is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Richmond is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier's last 5 games when playing Richmond
Xavier is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier's last 5 games when playing at home against Richmond

Next up:
Richmond home to Dayton, Wednesday, February 29
Xavier at Saint Louis, Tuesday, February 28