UConn vs Xavier Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Saturday, December 31, 2022

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The UConn Huskies (14-0, 3-0 Big East) carry a 14-game win streak into a road contest against the Xavier Musketeers (11-3, 3-0 Big East), who have won seven straight. It tips at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

The Huskies play the Musketeers in a game that UConn is currently a moderate favorite by 3 points. The game has an over/under of 149.5.

UConn vs. Xavier Odds

Point Spread for UConn vs. Xavier

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with sportsbooks listing UConn as the favorite.

UConn vs. Xavier Moneyline

As for the moneyline, UConn has -150 odds to pick up the win, while Xavier is listed at +127 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 149.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Arena: Cintas Center

UConn vs. Xavier Betting Trends

Against the spread, UConn is 10-3-0 this season. The Huskies have been listed as the favorite 10 times this season and have come away with a win in all of those games. UConn’s games this year have gone over the total in nine out of 14 opportunities (64.3%).

Xavier has seven wins against the spread in 14 games this season. The Musketeers have lost all three of the games they have been the underdog on the moneyline this season. Xavier’s games this year have hit the over on 10 of 14 set point totals (71.4%).

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UConn vs. Xavier Key Players to Watch

UConn

Adama Sanogo leads his team in both points (17.8) and rebounds (6.8) per contest, and also puts up 1.3 assists. At the other end, he posts 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Tristen Newton puts up 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Donovan Clingan posts 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. Defensively, he averages 0.6 steals and 1.9 blocked shots. Jordan Hawkins averages 14.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, shooting 41.3% from the field and 40.9% from downtown with 3.2 made 3-pointers per contest.

Xavier

Jack Nunge is putting up a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game. And he is contributing 15.2 points and 1.8 assists, making 54.1% of his shots from the floor and 42.5% from beyond the arc, with 1.2 treys per game. Souley Boum is No. 1 on the Musketeers in scoring (17.3 points per game) and assists (4.7), and posts 3.9 rebounds. He also delivers 1.4 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Colby Jones leads the Musketeers in assists (5.7 per game), and produces 14.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. He also puts up 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocked shots. Zach Freemantle gives the Musketeers 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.6 steals and 0.9 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the UConn Huskies

Everything is clicking for the Huskies, who are scoring 82.9 points per game (20th-best in college basketball) and allowing 59.1 points per contest (14th-best). With 26.4 rebounds allowed per game, UConn ranks eighth-best in college basketball. It ranks 50th in college basketball by pulling down 36.0 rebounds per contest.

UConn ranks 27th in the nation with 9.6 three-pointers per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 73rd with a 36.7% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Huskies have been thriving when it comes to defending against three-point shooting this season, ranking best in the nation in three-pointers allowed per game (3.7) and eighth-best in three-point percentage allowed (26.5%).

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What you need to know about the Xavier Musketeers

The Musketeers are the 15th-best squad in the nation in points scored (83.9 per game) and 307th in points conceded (74.0). Xavier grabs 35.5 rebounds per game and give up 29.1 boards, ranking 64th and 77th, respectively, in the nation.

In 2022-23 Xavier is 179th in college basketball in 3-point makes (7.6 per game) and fifth-best in 3-point percentage (40.8%). Defensively, the Musketeers are 192nd in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded per game at 7.2. They are 18th-worst in 3-point percentage allowed at 37.4%.

UConn vs. Xavier Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is UConn, and we project that UConn will cover the spread (UConn -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 149.5 points.

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How to bet UConn vs. Xavier

You can bet on UConn vs. Xavier at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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