Xavier Musketeers vs UConn Huskies Prediction, 1/25/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Xavier Musketeers vs UConn Huskies
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
Gampel Pavilion is where the UConn Huskies (16-5) will attempt to beat the Xavier Musketeers (16-4) on Wednesday.
The Xavier Musketeers stepped onto the hardwood against Georgetown and walked away with a win by a score of 95-82 in their last contest. Xavier wrapped up the contest with a 54.9% FG percentage (39 out of 71) and made 8 out of their 14 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Musketeers buried 9 of their 17 attempts for a percentage of 52.9%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 35 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 31 dimes for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and having 7 steals. In relation to defending, Xavier allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the floor on 31 of 62 shooting. Georgetown doled out 19 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Georgetown snagged 25 rebounds (8 offensive, 17 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Georgetown finished 72.2% at the free throw line by making 13 of 18 attempts. They also knocked down 7 of their 22 shots from downtown. When discussing personal fouls, the Musketeers left the arena with 17 while Georgetown accounted for 15 personal fouls.
Zach Freemantle is one guy who was a contributor in the game. He ended up finishing with 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 33 minutes and totaled 11 boards. He ended up going 63.2% from the field and distributed 7 dimes.
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Xavier will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 16-4 for the season. They have an average of 84.1 points per contest (8th in the country) while hitting 50.1% from the floor. The Musketeers are hitting 39.7% on shots from 3-point land (145 of 365) and 72.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Xavier is pulling in 38.6 boards per game and has 423 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 1st in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.3 times per game and as a group they are committing 16.4 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Musketeers are able to force 12.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.6 personal fouls. They are ranked 334th in college basketball in giving up assists with 306 surrendered this season. The Musketeers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.6% (559 of 1,254) and they concede 32.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 36.2% on 3-point shots while they are 326th in D-1 in PPG allowed (75.4).
When they last played, the UConn Huskies went home victorious with a score of 86-56 against Butler. In relation to team rebounding, UConn allowed Butler to pull down 22 in all (4 on the offensive side). They went 31.6% from beyond the arc by shooting 6 of 19 and ended up shooting 16 of 16 from the charity stripe (100.0%). The Huskies permitted Butler to convert 17 of 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 32.7% in this contest. Overall, the Huskies ended up shooting 31 for 64 from the field which had them at 48.4%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, UConn converted 7 out of their 19 tries (36.8%). They were able to make 17 of them for a clip of 68.0%. Butler had 17 fouls for the game which took the Huskies to the free throw line for a total of 25 attempts. They turned it over 8 times, while earning 6 steals in this contest. The Huskies were able to corral 29 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 44 in the matchup.
Jordan Hawkins was important for the Huskies in this contest. He made 7 out of 14 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and earned 6 rebounds. He recorded 20 points in his 28 mins of playing time, but didn't get an assist.
UConn has a mark of 16-5 for the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Huskies are hitting on 45.9% from the field, which ranks 106th in college basketball. UConn has scored 1,666 pts this year (79.3 per contest) and they average 39.1 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 17.7 times per contest (10th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.7 times per contest. The Huskies are committing 19.0 fouls per contest and they go 74.5% from the free throw line.
The UConn defense allows 26.9% on 3-point attempts (84 of 312) and their opposition makes 74.0% of their free throw shots. They have given up 8.3 dimes and 31.1 rebounds per game, which ranks them 5th and 32nd in D-1. The Huskies on defense are ranked 37th in D-1 in points given up per game with 63.5. They are forcing 14.4 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.0% from the field (38th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UConn
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