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Tennessee Volunteers vs Xavier Musketeers Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Xavier MusketeersTennessee Volunteers
Dec 29, 6:00 PM | Thompson-Boling Arena

Xavier Musketeers vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds


Xavier travels to Tennessee on Saturday, hoping to boost its 7-4 record with a victory over the Volunteers.

Tennessee battles the Musketeers, currently sitting with a 7-4 mark (4-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-4 for the Volunteers and 4-5 for the Musketeers.

View Xavier vs Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Musketeers were listed as 9-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Volunteers sit at No. 64 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Musketeers sit at No. 93 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Volunteers will win this game 70-68.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee's No. 254-ranked offense, averaging 64.3 PPG, against a Musketeers defense that ranks No. 91 at 61.8 PPG. The Volunteers field goal percentage has averaged 42.6% so far, less than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.5% per game.

Defensively, Xavier features the nation's No. 55-rated defense on the road, allowing 63 points per game. Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 202 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 56-55 loser as they battled Wofford at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point favorite. The Musketeers got a 20-point effort from Travis Taylor, who added 11 rebounds, but Wofford still managed to defeat Xavier 56-55 Saturday at Cintas Center.

Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 66-52 winner as they battled Western Carolina at home. They earned a push in the match as a 14-point favorite. Tennessee earned a 66-52 victory over Western Carolina on Friday, getting 14 points from Jordan McRae at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Wake Forest are 3-0
After playing Wofford are 0-1
After a loss are 8-2

Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Memphis are 7-3
After playing Western Carolina are 3-0
After a win are 6-4

A few Musketeers at Volunteers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Xavier's last 11 games on the road
Xavier is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tennessee is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games

Next up:
Xavier at Wake Forest, Wednesday, January 2
Tennessee home to Memphis, Friday, January 4