Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. Xavier Musketeers ATS Prediction


The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-4) will travel to the Cintas Center to go head-to-head with the Xavier Musketeers (6-4). The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Xavier Musketeers Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Musketeers defeated the IUPUI Jaguars, 82-69, while the Colonels lost big to the Marshall Thundering Herd, 105-77.

Xavier dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.5 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.538. IUPUI recorded marks of 23.1 and 0.438, respectively, for those same stats. Eastern Kentucky, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (38.3 vs. 38.1). Ryan Welage led the way for Xavier, putting up 24 points and seven rebounds. Nick Mayo, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Eastern Kentucky with 26 points and 15 rebounds.

Mayo has taken his game to another level as of late for Eastern Kentucky, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

Look for Xavier to own the offensive glass in this contest. The Musketeers rank 59th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.6 percent), while Eastern Kentucky ranks 257th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.8 percent). Conflicting paces will be on display in this meeting. The up-tempo Colonels rank second in possessions per game, while the more methodical Musketeers rank 284th.

Eastern Kentucky at Xavier Free Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Xavier, ATS Winner – Xavier, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Xavier ranks 40th in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while Eastern Kentucky ranks 285th (42.9).
  • The Colonels rank 118th in assists per game (13.9) while the Musketeers rank 210th in assists allowed per game (14.8).
  • Eastern Kentucky ranks 74th in blocks per game (3.8) while Xavier ranks 100th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
  • The Colonels rank 21st in three pointers attempted per game (27.7) while the Musketeers rank 233rd in three pointers allowed per game (25.2).
  • Eastern Kentucky ranks fifth in steals per game (9.7) while Xavier ranks 104th (6.6).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 83.6 points per game (2.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 84.0 points per game (2.4 above their season average).
  • The Musketeers have been outscored by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Xavier has defeated opponents by an average of 4.8 points.