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Xavier favored by -9.5 against Seton Hall on Saturday

Seton Hall PiratesXavier Musketeers
12-9February 01, 2014, 12:00 | Cintas Center15-5

Cintas Center will host Xavier Musketeers vs. Seton Hall Pirates action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

This season, the Musketeers are 15-5 overall and 13-5 ATS, while the Pirates are 12-9 and 10-10 ATS. As for the totals, Xavier boasts a 10-8 on the OU, and Seton Hall is 13-7.

View Seton Hall Pirates vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Seton Hall before tip-off in this one found them as 9.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

This game puts the Musketeers, most recently No. 36 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate No. 68 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Seton Hall, they were a 64-57 loser as they battled Butler at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Fuquan Edwin scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Pirates to a win (they lost 64-57 to Butler at Prudential Center on Wednesday).

Xavier was an 81-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Providence. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Musketeers endured an 81-72 loss at the hands of the Friars on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Justin Martin at Dunkin Donuts Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Pirates is ranked No. 185 in NCAA hoops at 34.1 per game. Contrast that with Xavier’s No. 30 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Xavier is the No. 182-ranked team in the country at 5.5 per game, while Seton Hall rates No. 35 at 7.86 per game.

A few Pirates at Musketeers trends to consider:
Seton Hall is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Seton Hall is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Seton Hall's last 10 games
Seton Hall is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Xavier is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Xavier is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier's last 5 games
Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Seton Hall at Villanova, Friday, February 7th
Xavier at Villanova, Monday, February 3rd