Xavier Musketeers at Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Prediction


The Xavier Musketeers (6-3) and their sensational offense head to Cincinnati to play the Bearcats (8-1) and their superb defense. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8, 2018, and will air on ESPN2.

Xavier Musketeers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Bearcats lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 64-56, while the Musketeers defeated the IUPUI Jaguars, 82-69.

Xavier played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.5 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.538. For those same stats, IUPUI was 23.1 and 0.438, respectively. Cincinnati, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (12.3 vs. 18.7). Cincinnati received a boost from Jarron Cumberland, who had 22 points. Meanwhile, Ryan Welage led the way for Xavier, putting up 24 points and seven rebounds.

The Musketeers won the lone game between these two teams last season, 89-76. Xavier was successful at getting to and converting from the charity stripe. The Musketeers made 25 of their 30 free throws (83.3 percent), while the Bearcats were just 10-16 (62.5 percent).

It might turn into a shootout as two of the NCAA’s top offenses go head-to-head. Dating back to last season, Cincinnati ranks 29th with 113.5 points per 100 possessions and Xavier is 12th (116.8).

Xavier Musketeers at Cincinnati Bearcats ATS Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Cincinnati, ATS Winner – Xavier, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Cincinnati ranks fifth in assists allowed per game (9.9) while Xavier ranks 209th (14.2).
  • The Bearcats rank 136th in three pointers allowed per game (20.9) while the Musketeers rank 282nd (25.8).
  • Cincinnati ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (30.8) while Xavier ranks 22nd (31.3).
  • The Bearcats rank 10th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while the Musketeers rank 171st (6.5).
  • Cincinnati ranks 17th in blocks per game (5.3) while Xavier ranks 163rd (3.2).