Xavier at UConn odds, picks and predictions
The No. 12 Xavier Musketeers (16-4, 8-1 Big East) battle the No. 20 UConn Huskies (16-5, 5-5) on Wednesday. Tip from Gampel Pavilion is set for 6:30 p.m. ET (FS1). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Xavier vs. UConnodds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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The Musketeers beat Georgetown 95-82 Saturday but failed to cover as 17-point home favorites. They have now failed to cover in back-to-back games, but are 5-2 against the spread (ATS) in their previous 7 and 11-8-1 ATS on the season. Xavier excels offensively, ranking 8th in points per game (84.1), 6th in field-goal percentage (50.12%) and 5th in 3-point field-goal percentage (39.73%).
UConn throttled Butler 86-56 on Sunday, covering as 15.5-point home favorites. It is 2-3 ATS in its last 5 games and only 3-7 ATS in its last 10, falling to 13-7-1 ATS this season. The Huskies' strength lies in their defense, where they rank 6th in the nation for opponent 3-point percentage (26.9%).
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Xavier at UConn odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML) : Xavier +220 (bet $100 to win $220) | UConn -300 (bet $300 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS) : Xavier +6.5 (-110) | UConn -6.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U) : 153.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Xavier at UConn picks and predictions
UConn 81, Xavier 77
There is no value on a UConn (-300) moneyline play here.
LEAN XAVIER +6.5 (-110).
Xavier has been a moneymaker at 11-8-1 ATS this season. It has only been an underdog twice in the last 10 games, including 3-point home underdogs to UConn, and it covered the spread in both of those games.
The Musketeers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 against a team with a winning percentage of above .600. They tend to step up in big games and this road top-25 matchup should be no different.
BET OVER 153.5 (-110).
Xavier's Over/Under record this season is 14-5-1 and UConn's is 13-8. Both of these teams are capable of scoring a lot of points.
The Over is 4-1 in the Musketeers' last 5 games against a team with a winning record and the Over is 4-0 in the Huskies' last 4 games following a win.
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