Xavier Musketeers vs Cincinnati Bearcats – NCAAM December 6

Xavier (5-0) vs. Cincinnati (1-0)

Series

The Cincinnati Bearcats lead Xavier, 51-36, in the Skyline Chili Shootout as the Musketeers have won five of seven and nine of 13. If you are a Musketeer and you want to extend those, remember that Xavier has won 12 out of the last 18, 14 of 21 and 16 out 24. Xavier took a 73-66 win last season as they led by as many as 16.

Vs. The Spread

The Musketeers are 2-7 in their last nine games ATS and the total is OVER in six of Xavier’s last eight games. The Bearcats are 1-9 ATS in their last ten and the total is UNDER in six of the last eight XU-UC matchups. Cincinnati is 3-14 in their last 17 vs. The Big East while the OVER has been the play in four of the Musketeer’s last five contests against the American Athletic Conference.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Xavier +3 (-103) +138 O 136.5 (-105)
Cincinnati -3 (-117) -158 U 136.5 (-115)

Last Time Out

Xavier blasted Tennessee Tech, 79-48, on Tuesday night as the Musketeers ran their record to 5-0 as Nate Johnson led four Muskies in double figures. Xavier held the Golden Eagles to 31.7 percent managing 16 points off of 15 Tennessee Tech turnovers. Guard Paul Scruggs had 14 points and nine assists in 21 minutes.

Mika Adams-Woods led Cincinnati with 16 points and Chris Vogt scored eight of his last 12 points in the last eight minutes as the Bearcats defeated Lipscomb, 67-55. Cincinnati forced 19 Bisons turnovers and scored 19 points off of those.

Sword Play

Xavier Musketeers LogoXavier is off to a 5-0 start and the fact that they have played five games while the Bearcats have only played one will be a key theme in the game. Sophomore Zach Freemantle has averaged 17.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in the first five while Scruggs is at 12.4 points and 7.4 assists. Gardner-Webb transfer Nate Johnson and Kyky Tandy are also solid in the backcourt.

Cat Chat

Cincinnati Bearcats LogoThe Bearcats are picked to finish fourth in the American after tying for the regular season championship last season. Five newcomers made their debuts int he win over Lipscomb. Colgate graduate transfer Rapolas Ivanauskas and Michigan junior transfer David DeJulius started as Ivanauskas netted 11 points and six rebounds while DeJulius contributed eight points, six rebounds, four assists, zero turnovers. Mika Adams-Woods has started 20 of 21 games dating back to last year and looks like the top offensive option.

Winner: Xavier (+3) 71, Cincinnati 65
Over-Under: Take UNDER 136.5

The Bets
Xavier Musketeers +3
-103
Under 136.5
-115
Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.