Thursday, January 26, 2017
Fifth Third Arena
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The Xavier Musketeers travel to Fifth Third Arena to play the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The opening line for this game has Cincinnati as 3.5 point favorites.
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The Musketeers come into this game with an overall record of 14-5 and a road record of 1-4. They are 10-8 against the spread and their over/under record is 9-9. The Bearcats have an overall record of 17-2 and a home record of 11-0. They have an over/under record of 7-8 and they are 8-7 against the spread.
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Trevon Bluiett comes into this contest averaging 17.2 points per game while playing 33.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Musketeers. He pulls down 5.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is currently at 78%. Edmond Sumner averages 15.4 points per game in 33.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.8 assists per contest and 4.5 rebounds per game for Xavier. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Jacob Evans averages 14.3 points per game while playing 30.4 minutes per contest this year for the Bearcats. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage currently is at 73%. Kyle Washington averages 13.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 23.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.8 rebounds per contest and 1.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 68%.
Xavier averages 76.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 81st in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 7.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 114th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 255th in the country. They average 38.6 rebounds per game and 14.6 assists per game which ranks them 49th and 99th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 99th with 12.6 per game. The Musketeers allow 68.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 86th in the nation. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 152nd and 84th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 31.1 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 13.9 assists per contest which puts them in 211th place in the country. They force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 134th in Division 1.
Cincinnati averages 77.3 points per game this year which ranks them 68th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 15.9 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 28th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 148th in the nation. They average 38.4 rebounds per game and 16.6 assists per contest which ranks them 55th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Bearcats rank 24th with 11.2 per game. The Bearcats allow 61.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the country. They also allow a 37% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc ranking them 3rd and 26th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 33.1 rebounds a game which ranks 60th and they give up 10.8 assists per contest which puts them in 23rd place in the nation. The Bearcats force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 169th in college basketball.
The Musketeers average 71.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 77 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 0.3 per contest. The Musketeers have an offensive rating of 108.9 and they assist on 56.2% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 69.9 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Xavier turns the ball over an average of 15.5 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 10% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 55.4% while their offensive rebound percentage is 33.7%. The Musketeers give up 75 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 76.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Bearcats score 86.5 ppg at home and they have averaged 71.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 11 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 23.2 points per game. The Bearcats have a rating on offense of 113.3 and 57% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 67.4 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Cincinnati turns it over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 10.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.8% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 35.1%. The Bearcats give up 63.3 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 60.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
The Xavier Musketeers are 10-8 against the spread
The Xavier Musketeers are 9-9 against the over/under
Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Bearcats are 8-7 against the spread
The Cincinnati Bearcats are 7-8 against the over/under
Xavier Musketeers Injuries
01/25/17 G Edmond Sumner Shoulder probable Thursday vs. Cincinnati
01/22/17 G Myles Davis Personal has left the team
Cincinnati Bearcats Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Cincinnati -3.5
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