With only three miles separating the two campuses, Xavier and Cincinnati have one of the most heated rivalries in college basketball. Despite the emotions, the Musketeers have dominated the Bearcats with wins in seven of the past nine between the two programs, including each of the past three.
– Shark Bites
- Xavier is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road against Cincinnati.
- Cincinnati is 19-0 SU in its last 19 games at home.
- Xavier is 1-5 SU and ATS in its last 6 games on the road.
Against Cincinnati, the Musketeers will round out a brutal stretch in which they’ve played four ranked teams in five games. Xavier has struggled against the best competition this season, going 0-4 SU and ATS against ranked opponents while averaging just 65 points. Edmond Sumner has been the Musketeers’ most consistent offensive threat with the sophomore scoring double digits in all but one game this season, including each of the past 12.
Cincinnati’s defense has proven to be one of the best in the nation, as the Bearcats have held opponents to 62.6 points per game and a measly 36.1 shooting percentage during a 10-game winning streak. Senior Troy Caupain has quietly become Cincinnati’s most versatile player with the guard averaging 13.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in the past five outings.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Odds makers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Cincinnati Bearcats as -3.5-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved, check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.
Xavier Musketeers vs Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Xavier Musketeers will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 10-8 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Cincinnati Bearcats are 9-7-1 ATS. Xavier Musketeers are 10-8 on betting the total; Cincinnati Bearcats are 8-8-1.
The Odds – Shark Power Rankings have the Cincinnati Bearcats at No. 26 and the Xavier Musketeers at No. 28 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.
The game also pits Cincinnati’s No. 82-ranked offense, averaging 77.32 PPG, against a Musketeers defense that ranks No. 84 at 68.74 PPG. The Bearcats field goal percentage has averaged 48% so far, more than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.27% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Musketeers got 24 points from Trevon Bluiett as Xavier ran past Georgetown University 86-75 on Sunday at Cintas Center.
The Bearcats got 15 points from Jacob Evans III as Cincinnati ran past Tulane 78-61 on Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
- Xavier is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier’s last 7 games
- Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Xavier is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home
- Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Xavier
Next Betting Matchups
Xavier at St. John’s, Sunday, January 29th
Cincinnati at South Florida, Sunday, January 29th