Duquesne vs. Xavier Preview + Free Pick Feb 21st, 2008
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College Basketball Betting – Duquesne At Xavier
BetUS NCAA college basketball betting odds: XAVIER -10.5
The Duquesne Dukes (16-8 SU, 9-9 ATS), who have been building a little conference momentum, will travel to Cincinnati on Thursday night to take on the Atlantic 10 front-runner Xavier Musketeers (22-4 SU, 10-11-1 ATS) in a key matchup that tips off at 7 PM ET from the Cintas Center.
In the Top Sportsbooks NCAA college basketball betting odds, Xavier is listed as a 10.5-point favorite. On the Top Sportsbooks money line, Xavier is -650, with the Duquesne Dukes listed at +475.
Here are some of the NCAA college basketball betting trends as they relate to this matchup:
* DUQ has won 10 of its last 15 games SU
* DUQ has covered three of its last four games
* DUQ has covered four of its last six road games
* XAV has covered one of its last five games
* XAV has won its last eight games SU
* XAV has played three of its last four games UNDER the total
* XAV has won its last eight home games SU
* XAV is 1-3-1 ATS in its last five games
* XAV has played three of its last four home games UNDER the total
* DUQ has covered five of the last seven meetings
* XAV has won 14 of the last 18 meetings SU
* XAV has won seven of the last eight meetings SU as the home team
* The last three meetings have gone OVER the total
* XAV has had the shooting edge in three of the last four meetings
* XAV has had the rebounding edge in each of the last five meetings
* XAV has made more three-pointers in eight of the last ten meetings
Xavier is now in the top ten and is a lofty 8th in the RPI rankings, so there is a “protected seed” at stake with each succeeding game. This is a revenge match for them, as about a year ago, they were stunned by Duquesne, who imposed their own fast tempo in winning by a 93-91 score. But the Dukes did not prevail without some anxious moments, as they almost blew a 19-point lead in the second half.
Drew Lavender’s status is obviously a concern for Xavier. The established floor leader of the team, he is slowed with an ankle injury but is expected to suit up and be available.
Duquesne is seeking a first-round bye when the Atlantic 10 tournament gets underway. A win over Xavier not goes a long way toward that objective, but may just get the Dukes some consideration for an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney. They would seem to need this win, as they do not have a lot of triumphs over strong opposition, aside from a two-point squeaker over banged-up Dayton.
We like the revenge angle, as well as Xavier’s experience and its scoring balance. The Musketeers have six players in the rotation averaging double figures. Now THAT’s scoring balance. And four starters are shooting at least 52% from the field.
Let’s look for Xavier to extend its winning streak to nine games, and we will also lay the points with the Musketeers, the 10.5-point favorite in the Top Sportsbooks NCAA basketball betting odds.
NCAA Basketball Free Play: JAY’S PICK: XAVIER
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