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Xavier Musketeers face Duquesne Dukes: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Xavier MusketeersDuquesne Dukes
Feb 9, 7:00 PM | A.J. Palumbo Center

Xavier Musketeers vs Duquesne Dukes Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on A.J. Palumbo Center Saturday as host Duquesne looks to handle the Xavier Musketeers in NCAA hoops action.

This season, the Dukes are 7-15 overall and 5-13 ATS ATS, while the Musketeers are 12-9 and 11-8 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Duquesne boasts a 5-10 on the OU, and Xavier is 7-12.

View Xavier vs Duquesne Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Dukes as 5.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Dukes - Musketeers odds would favor the Musketeers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Duquesne is rated No. 224 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Xavier is at No. 95. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-60 win for the Musketeers.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Duquesne has the nation's No. 167-rated offensive output, at 67.8 PPG. The visiting Musketeers defense ranks No. 63 allowing on average 61.3 PPG. The Dukes FG% has averaged 40.9% so far, less than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.8% per game.

Defensively, Xavier features the nation's No. 49-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.8 points per game. Duquesne, meanwhile, comes in at No. 189 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 73-71 loser as they battled Richmond on the road. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. The Musketeers got 24 points from Travis Taylor, but it was Richmond that prevailed in a 73-71 final on Saturday at Robins Center.

Duquesne lost its last outing, a 79-57 result against George Washington on February 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog. The Dukes were hammered by George Washington on Wednesday, losing by a 79-57 final at A.J. Palumbo Center in college basketball betting action.

Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Fordham are 7-3
After playing Richmond are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Duquesne Dukes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Temple are 5-5
After playing George Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

A few Musketeers at Dukes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Xavier's last 8 games on the road
Xavier is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Duquesne
Xavier is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Duquesne
Xavier is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duquesne's last 5 games when playing Xavier
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duquesne's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duquesne's last 6 games at home
Duquesne is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Xavier

Next up:
Xavier home to Fordham, Wednesday, February 13
Duquesne at Temple, Thursday, February 14