Connecticut Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut (+3)
Cintas Center is the site where and the Xavier Musketeers (11-2) will play the Connecticut Huskies (8-5) on Saturday. Xavier opens this game as 3-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 134.5.
Connecticut steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 8-5 on the season. They lose possession via turnover 12.4 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Connecticut is collecting 36.8 boards per contest and has racked up 162 assists for the season, which ranks 293rd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Huskies are shooting 34.5% on shots from downtown (90 of 261) and 71.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 70.5 pts per game (212th in the country) while connecting on 43.0% from the floor. On defense, the Huskies are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per game and they draw 17.4 fouls. They relinquish 32.5% on 3-point shots and they rank 51st in college basketball in points per game allowed (64.8). The Huskies defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 42.3% (290 of 686) and they concede 32.5 boards per game as a squad. They are 31st in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 138 conceded on the year.
The Connecticut Huskies took the court against the Providence Friars and ended up losing by a score of 70-59 in their last contest. Connecticut walked away from the contest having earned a 40.3% FG percentage (25 of 62) and made 4 of their 20 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Huskies made 5 of their 9 attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they collected 32 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 9 assists in this contest while earning 6 steals and 8 rejections. Pertaining to the defense, Connecticut allowed their opponent to shoot 40.3% from the field on 25 of 62 shooting. Providence distributed 14 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Friars grabbed 35 rebounds (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 8 blocks. Providence finished the game at 66.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 18 of their 27 attempts. They also knocked down 6 out of their 17 attempts from 3-point land.
Tyrese Martin is a player who was a major contributor for the contest. He accumulated 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 28 mins played and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Martin ended up going 41.7% from the floor but had no dimes when the game ended. Another guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Huskies was Adama Sanogo. He totaled 8 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished shooting 44.4% from the field in this matchup by shooting 4-of-9 (9 points). Overall, Sanogo saw the court for 28 min.
Xavier has a mark of 11-2 for the year. The Musketeers are responsible for committing 14.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 67.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 18.5 times per contest (6th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 12.2 times per contest. Xavier has totaled 1,013 pts so far this season (77.9 per game) and they average 38.9 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Musketeers are hitting on 47.8% from the field, which ranks 45th in college basketball. The Musketeers defensively are ranked 137th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 68.5. They are forcing their opponents into 11.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 39.6% from the field (26th in the nation). The Xavier defense gives up 32.2% on shots from distance (95 of 295) and opponents are knocking down 74.3% of their foul shots. They have allowed 14.0 dimes and 36.1 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 249th and 233rd in those categories on the defensive end.
When they last stepped on the court, the Xavier Musketeers went home victorious with a score of 68-55 when they faced the Butler Bulldogs. The Musketeers recorded 29 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 34 in this contest. They also rejected 3 shots while recording 2 steals for this game. The Bulldogs were called for 18 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Musketeers to the free throw line for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to make 6 of the free throw tries for a rate of 50.0%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Xavier knocked down 10 of their 20 tries (50.0%). When all was said and done, the Musketeers went 26 for 51 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.0%. The Musketeers permitted the Bulldogs to convert 23 out of their 67 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 34.3% for this contest. They shot 20.0% from distance by hitting 5 of 25 and ended up shooting 4 out of 7 at the free throw line (57.1%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Xavier allowed Butler to collect 31 in all (12 on the offensive side).
Paul Scruggs was important for the Musketeers for this game. He converted 9 out of 13 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 69.2%, which gave him 24 points. Scruggs collected 7 rebounds in his 33 minutes and accumulated 3 assists in this contest. One more player that was important for Xavier was Adam Kunkel. He totaled 15 points in his 28 minutes on the court by going 6 of 9 shooting in this contest. Kunkel walked away from this one going 66.7% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Xavier (-3) and over 134.5 points
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