Cincinnati Bearcats vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 12/11/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cincinnati Bearcats vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Cintas Center is where the Xavier Musketeers (8-1) will meet the Cincinnati Bearcats (7-2) on Saturday.
The Cincinnati Bearcats took the court against Bryant and took home the win by a score of 73-58 in their last contest. Regarding personal fouls, the Bearcats finished with 21 while Bryant totaled 17 personal fouls. They also buried 5 out of their 28 shots from 3-point land. Bryant walked away from this one shooting 60.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of 25 attempts. On top of that, Bryant grabbed 34 rebounds (13 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Bryant distributed 13 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. With respect to the defense, Cincinnati allowed 32.2% from the floor on 19 of 59 shooting. They also doled out 15 dimes in the game as well as forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and earning 10 steals. With regard to grabbing boards, they earned 35 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Bearcats converted 16 of 27 tries for a rate of 59.3%. Cincinnati finished the contest with a 44.8% FG percentage (26 of 58) and buried 5 of 13 three-point attempts.
Viktor Lakhin is a player who was important in this contest. He finished with 13 points on 4 out of 8 shooting. He saw the court for 23 minutes played and pulled down 11 boards. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and also earned 1 assist.
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Cincinnati heads into this one with a record of 7-2 on the season. They are giving up possession 9.9 times per game and as a team they are committing 17.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Cincinnati is grabbing 39.9 boards per contest and has accumulated 124 dimes so far this season, which ranks 151st in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Bearcats are connecting on 29.2% on shots from distance (61 of 209) and 65.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 70.6 points per contest (216th in the country) while hitting 42.3% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Bearcats have forced 13.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.8 fouls. They are 119th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 99 conceded on the season. The Bearcats are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 35.3% (182 of 515) and they concede 35.7 boards per contest as a squad. They are giving up 25.9% on shots from distance and they are ranked 20th in the country in PPG allowed (58.1).
When they last played, the Xavier Musketeers got the victory with a final of 96-50 when they faced Ball State. When talking about cleaning the glass, Xavier allowed Ball State to grab 24 overall (4 on the offensive glass). They finished 22.6% from distance via 7 of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 5 out of 7 at the free throw line (71.4%). The Musketeers allowed Ball State to bury 19 of their 64 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 29.7% for this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Musketeers shot 34 out of 64 from the field which gave them a rate of 53.1%. When discussing 3-point shots, Xavier knocked down 12 of their 25 tries (48.0%). They were able to bury 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 80.0%. Ball State had 17 personal fouls in this game which took the Musketeers to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They also turned the ball over 18 times, while recording 12 steals for this contest. The Musketeers snagged 38 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 48 in this game.
Zach Freemantle was important for the Musketeers in this game. He knocked down 9 out of 11 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 81.8%, and totaled 7 rebounds. He totaled 24 points in his 20 mins of playing time and had 4 assists in the game.
Xavier has a win-loss record of 8-1 this year. The Musketeers are responsible for committing 15.3 personal fouls per game while shooting 68.7% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.9 times per game (90th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest. Xavier has totaled 675 pts for the campaign (75.0 per game) and they collect 41.6 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Musketeers are connecting on 45.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 137th in the nation.
The Musketeers on the defensive side of the court are 38th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 59.8. They have forced 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 37.2% from the field (14th in college hoops). The Xavier defense allows 30.2% on shots from beyond the arc (61 of 202) and their opponents are connecting on 70.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 10.0 assists and 32.0 boards every game, which ranks them 47th and 80th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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