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Tennessee Volunteers visit Xavier Musketeers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Tennessee VolunteersXavier Musketeers
3-2November 29, 2013, 01:00 | Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort5-1

Xavier will look to improve on its 5-1 record on Friday when they host Tennessee in NCAA basketball odds action at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort.

The Volunteers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 0-3-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Musketeers are 4-0 ATS. Tennessee is 2-2 against the total, while Xavier is 1-3 versus the number.

View Tennessee Volunteers vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Musketeers at No. 63 and the Volunteers at No. 40 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 78-70 loser as they battled Texas El Paso on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite. Tennessee suffered a 78-70 loss against Texas El Paso on Thursday, getting 22 points from Jordan McRae in a losing effort at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 77-74 loser as they battled Iowa on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. Justin Martin scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Musketeers to a win (they lost 77-74 to Iowa at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Xavier has the nation's No. 87-rated offensive output, at 78.83 PPG. The visiting Volunteers defense ranks No. 81 allowing on average 67.4 PPG. The Musketeers FG% has averaged 50% so far, more than the Volunteers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.41% per game.

Next up:
Tennessee home to Tennessee Tech, Saturday, December 7th
Xavier at Bowling Green, Saturday, December 7th