Connecticut Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 2/11/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Cintas Center is where the Xavier Musketeers (16-7) will take on the Connecticut Huskies (16-6) on Friday.
The Connecticut Huskies faced off with Marquette and went home with a win by a final score of 80-72 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Huskies finished with 18 while Marquette recorded 19 personal fouls. They also made 9 of their 23 attempts from long range. Marquette finished 65.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 13 of their 20 shots. Furthermore, Marquette pulled down 22 boards (7 offensive, 15 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Marquette earned 13 dimes and had 11 steals in the game. In relation to defense, Connecticut allowed 41.0% from the field on 25 out of 61 shooting. They also doled out 12 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and earning 5 steals. When talking about getting rebounds, they collected 43 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Huskies converted 20 of 23 shots for a rate of 87.0%. Connecticut walked away from the contest having earned a 49.1% FG percentage (27 out of 55) and converted 6 of 12 3-point attempts.
Tyrese Martin is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He finished the game shooting 63.6% from the floor and recorded 3 assists. He saw the court for 34 minutes played and also totaled 15 rebounds. He accounted for 18 points on 7 out of 11 shooting.
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Connecticut will play this contest with a win-loss record of 16-6 this year. They average 78.0 pts per contest (34th in D-1) on 43.9% from the floor. The Huskies are shooting 35.3% from downtown (167 of 473) and 75.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Connecticut is pulling down 41.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 321 assists for the season, which has them ranked 124th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 12.5 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.6 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Huskies are able to force 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. They are ranked 26th in college basketball in giving up assists with 220 conceded so far this season. The Huskies are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 39.4% (500 of 1,269) and they relinquish 33.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are giving up 34.7% from beyond the arc and they are 70th in college hoops in PPG allowed (65.1).
In their last game, the Xavier Musketeers went home defeated by a final of 73-71 when they faced Seton Hall. The Musketeers were able to corral 23 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 26 for the game. They turned the ball over 13 times, while recording 8 steals for the game. Seton Hall committed 22 fouls in this contest which got the Musketeers to the free throw line for 25 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of the free throws for a clip of 76.0%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Xavier converted 4 out of 14 tries (28.6%). When all was said and done, the Musketeers finished shooting 24 for 47 from the field which had them at 51.1%. The Musketeers permitted Seton Hall to convert 26 out of 63 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.3% in the matchup. They went 35.0% from three-point range by going 7 out of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 23 at the free throw line (60.9%). With respect to rebounding, Xavier allowed Seton Hall to get 39 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
Paul Scruggs ended up having an impact for the Musketeers for the matchup. He had 21 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood and earned 7 assists in this matchup. He buried 6 of 10 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and had 7 rebounds.
Xavier has a record of 16-7 for the year. As an offense, the Musketeers are connecting on 44.7% from the field, which ranks them 153rd in college basketball. Xavier has accumulated 1,681 points for the season (73.1 per contest) and they pull down 37.7 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.4 times per contest (94th in D-1) and they turn it over 12.0 times per game. The Musketeers have committed 14.4 fouls per game while shooting 71.3% from the free throw line.
The Xavier defense concedes 31.4% on 3-point attempts (159 of 507) and their opposition makes 73.6% of their foul shots. They give up 11.7 assists and 33.3 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 109th and 110th in those categories. The Musketeers defensively are ranked 69th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 65.0. They are able to force 12.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 40.9% from the floor (67th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Connecticut
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