The Xavier Musketeers will look to sweep the season series against the Connecticut Huskies on Wednesday when they visit Gampel Pavilion. Both teams find themselves back on the winning track after landing victories over the weekend.
The Huskies destroyed Butler in Storrs while Xavier waited until the middle of the second to finally put away the Hoyas. These two teams faced off on New Year’s Eve when Xavier landed a double-digit victory at the Cintas Center.
Connecticut enters the game as a favorite (-9.5) on their home court despite losing five of their last seven games. Xavier recently had their eleven-game winning streak when they unexpectedly lost to DePaul, which is likely playing a part in this spread. The contest is scheduled for a 6:30 PM EST tip-off and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. With all that in mind, it’s time we take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this Xavier vs UConn matchup so you can bet on their NCAA Basketball Odds.
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Xavier Musketeers Overview
The Musketeers were bound to fall sooner or later but falling to DePaul was a shocking result, even on the road. The Musketeers are still a quality team away from home at 3-2 against the spread in true road games this season while also being 2-1 ATS in neutral site games. In true road games, the Xavier Musketeers are fourth best in the Big East, outperforming the number by an average of +1.2 points per game.
The Musketeers are one of the best teams in the conference against the total on the road, going over in three of their five games away from home and exceeding the number by +10.9 points per contest.
There are currently no injury concerns with the Musketeers, and it appears that the DePaul loss was just a hiccup. The frontcourt trio of Jack Nunge, Zach Freemantle, and Colby Jones recovered nicely in the game against Georgetown though Nunge struggled a bit from the floor. Point guard Souley Boum also recovered from a tough shooting performance against the Blue Demons with 10 points on 4-7 from the field against the Hoyas.
Connecticut Huskies Overview
The UConn Huskies looked like a national championship contender just a few short weeks ago. Despite no major injuries, they hit the skids and fell in five of six games. In their game against Butler over the weekend, the Huskies appeared to get their groove back as Adama Sanogo put an impressive 17-point, 14 rebounds double-double into the scorebook.
The next step in getting Connecticut back to where they want to be is getting Jordan Hawkins’ consistency back. The sophomore perimeter star is just 10-27 from the perimeter over his last four games and shooting under 35% from deep over his last seven. Hawkins has the talent to shoot over 40% from beyond the arc, and if he is able to regain that form, this team can get back to their dominating ways.
Look for the Huskies to redeem themselves at home and get the victory straight up, but this Xavier frontcourt is good enough to cover this number on the road.