Oklahoma Sooners vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma Sooners vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma (+1.5)
Cintas Center is the site where and the Xavier Musketeers (6-0) will play the Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) on Wednesday. Xavier opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 146.5.
Oklahoma enters this contest with a mark of 2-0 for the campaign. The Sooners are shooting 44.2% on three-point attempts (23 of 52) and 83.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 93.5 points per outing (12th in Division 1) while going 50.8% from the field. They are turning it over 10.5 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 14.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma is grabbing 37.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 38 assists for the year, which ranks 199th in the country in terms of passing. On defense, the Sooners have forced 13.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.5 fouls. The Sooners are allowing a FG percentage of 38.9% (51 of 131) and they surrender 35.5 boards per game as a group. They rank 33rd in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 21 surrendered this year. They are surrendering 31.0% on shots from downtown and they are 175th in the country in PPG allowed (72.0).
The Oklahoma Sooners stepped onto the hardwood against the TCU Horned Frogs and took home the win by a score of 82-78 in their last game. Oklahoma finished the game with a 51.9% field goal percentage (28 out of 54) and made 6 of their 18 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Sooners knocked down 20 of their 24 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 30 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 17 assists in this contest while having 4 steals and 3 rejections. In terms of defending, Oklahoma allowed the other team to go 51.9% from the field on 28 of 54. TCU doled out 15 assists and 4 steals for the game. In addition, the Horned Frogs collected 32 rebounds (12 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 3 blocks. TCU finished the game at 80.0% at the charity stripe by converting 12 of their 15 shots. They knocked down 10 of their 28 attempts from beyond the arc.
Austin Reaves is someone who played a role in the matchup. He totaled 32 points on 7 of 16 shooting. He played 36 minutes and totaled 6 rebounds. Reaves ended up going 43.8% from the field and dished out 9 assists. Another guy that was a contributor in this game for the Sooners was Brady Manek. He snagged 6 rebounds and also accumulated 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the field for the matchup by shooting 6-of-13 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Manek was on the hardwood for 33 min.
Xavier has a win-loss record of 6-0 this year. The Musketeers are committing 14.7 fouls per game and they hit 72.6% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 19.5 times per game (27th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 12.3 times per game. Xavier has accounted for 483 points for the season (80.5 per game) and they pull down 40.8 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Musketeers are connecting on 49.9% from the field, which ranks them 99th in the country. The Musketeers on the defensive side of the court are 87th in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.2. They surrender 12.7 dimes and 37.3 total rebounds per game, which ranks 140th and 193rd in those categories. The Xavier defense gives up 30.5% on shots from distance (43 of 141) and opponents are making 73.8% of their foul shots. They have forced 12.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 34.7% from the field (19th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Xavier Musketeers got the victory with a final of 77-69 against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Musketeers earned 30 defensive rebounds and 0 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 in the matchup. They turned away 3 shots while earning 4 steals in the game. The Bearcats had 19 personal fouls for the contest which got the Musketeers to the free throw line for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to bury 20 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. With respect to shots from 3-point land, Xavier buried 7 of 18 tries (38.9%). When all was said and done, the Musketeers shot 25 for 49 from the field which had them at 51.0%. The Musketeers permitted the Bearcats to convert 27 out of 64 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.2% for this contest. They went 23.8% from 3-point land by shooting 5 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 10 out of 15 from the charity stripe (66.7%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Xavier permitted Cincinnati to snag 29 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Zach Freemantle ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Musketeers in this contest. He made 7 of 15 for this game for a field goal rate of 46.7%, which had him sitting at 16 points. Freemantle totaled 9 boards in his 34 minutes played and added 2 dimes for the game. An additional guy who saw a lot of action for Xavier was Jason Carter. He ended up walking away with 6 points in 32 minutes played by going 2 out of 5 shooting in this contest. Carter ended the game having shot 40.0% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma (+1.5)
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