Xavier Musketeers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats December 10 Betting Preview

Xavier Musketeers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats December 10 Betting Preview

Sam Frohman
2 months ago
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Cincinnati Bearcats' Jeremiah Davenport looks for a pass during game against Xavier Musketeers

The Xavier Musketeers will travel 15 minutes down the road to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats for the 2022-23 Crosstown Shootout. The all-time record favors the Bearcats as they have accrued 51 wins to the Musketeers’ 38 wins. 

The longest streak of wins in this historic rivalry goes to the Bearcats with 12 straight years, but the Musketeers have been hot in recent years with a three-game winning streak leading into this game.

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Cincinnati has had a tough start to the season but have bounced back recently as they are on a three-game winning streak. They have beaten Louisville, NJIT, and Bryant in that span. The three teams that the Bearcats lost to were Ohio State, Arizona, and Northern Kentucky.

The Xavier Musketeers are also 6-3 on the year overall. Their three losses all came against ranked teams which included Indiana, Duke, and Gonzaga. They are on a two-game win streak of their own, with consecutive wins against SE LA and West Virginia.

Let’s take a look at the matchup between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Xavier Musketeers in the 90th meeting between these two teams.

Odds

Xavier is the favorite in this matchup, even though they are on the road, which isn’t saying much with the distance between these two schools. Regardless, the Bearcats home crowd will play a factor in this one. Xavier will play as favorites at -3.5.

For the moneyline, the Musketeers and Bearcats have odds of (-173) and (+140) to win the game outright, respectively. The over/under for total points scored in the game is set at 149.5 with odds of (-110) to bet the over or under.

Key Players To Watch

David DeJulius is the main player to watch for the Bearcats. He is one of the team’s leaders, as he is averaging 16.1 points per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor overall. The tough part about breaking down Cincinnati is their sharing of the basketball, as many players on the roster are averaging close to double-digit points. Viktor Lahkin will be crucial to Cincinnati in his shot-blocking and rebounding abilities.

As a team, the Musketeers have had more production than the Bearcats’ starting five, as they have five players who are averaging double-digit points and three players who are averaging over 15. Guard Souley Boum is leading all scorers with 16.6 points per game while shooting 53.8 percent. Similarly to Cincinnati, with production being so spread out, it is tough to stop them when multiple people can score.

Expected Outcome

The real differential between these two teams is that Xavier has the better starting five, but the Bearcats are able to sub in and out without much drop-off with their deep team. I like the Musketeers to win this game as I think their talent will be hard to stop, but I don’t expect this one to be a blow out as the crowd will be rocking with Bearcats’ fans.

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