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Xavier Musketeers vs Crimson Tide College Hoops Game Preview

Xavier MusketeersAlabama Crimson Tide
8-3December 21, 2013, 07:00 | Coleman Coliseum5-5

The Alabama Crimson Tide will hit the floor running against the visiting Xavier Musketeers Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Supporters of the Musketeers have watched them go 8-3 and 5-4 ATS on the year, while the Crimson Tide are at 5-5 and 2-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Crimson Tide are 3-4, while the Musketeers have a 3-6 mark.

View Xavier Musketeers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Crimson Tide as -4-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Crimson Tide - Musketeers odds would favor the Musketeers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Alabama is rated No. 81 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Xavier is at No. 41.

In their last action, Xavier was a 64-47 winner on the road against Cincinnati. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs. The Bearcats endured a 64-47 loss at the hands of the Musketeers on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Sean Kilpatrick at U.S. Bank Arena.

Alabama was a 72-67 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wichita State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Crimson Tide endured a 72-67 loss at the hands of the Shockers on Tuesday, despite a 22-point effort from Trevor Releford at Coleman Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Alabama has the nation's No. 139-rated offensive output, at 73.9 PPG. The visiting Musketeers defense ranks No. 34 allowing on average 63.55 PPG. The Crimson Tide FG% has averaged 45.63% so far, less than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.26% per game.

A few Musketeers at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Xavier is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Xavier is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Alabama is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Alabama is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
Xavier home to Wake Forest, Saturday, December 28th
Alabama at UCLA, Saturday, December 28th