Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Thundering Herd vs Musketeers CBB Odds
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(8-3) Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Xavier Musketeers (10-1)
Date: Tuesday December 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Venue: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
CBB Moneyline Odds: Xavier -3300, Marshall +1600
CBB Betting Odds: Xavier -21
CBB Betting Total: 176
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Marshall is one of the highest scoring teams in the nation and it stands to reason that makes them a threat, even against an elite team like Xavier.
Xavier is coming off a skinny win against East Tennessee State. Was it a wakeup call or did it expose a flaw in one of the nation’s best teams?
Marshall Thundering Herd
Per the intro Marshall is averaging 90 ppg – 7th in the nation. They do what they do and if they are on they can give any team trouble.
Jon Elmore is coming off a triple double in an OT win against Ohio. He has 7 straight games with at least 20 points. He keeps the team running.
Backcourt mate CJ Burks can also score, 19ppg and 31 in that Ohio win. The question is how efficient this duo can be.
Ajdin Penava cleans up the glass for the Herd. Xavier is not hugely dependent on size so he can get his numbers against this group and help Marshall stay in the game.
Not sure what happened with the Musketeers against ETSU. They did get the win though which is a good sign. Other top teams have not been so lucky.
The Buccaneers were really able to slow the game down and protect the ball. They also forced the Musketeers into terrible shooting, including start Trevon Blueitt.
The lone exception was freshman forward Naji Marshall who scored a season high 15 points off the bench. The game revealed some additional depth.
I think the game against ETSU was a bit of an anomaly. However, it did show that Xavier, like most teams needs to make their shots to be elite. They are good but do not have overwhelming talent.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-3 in MRSH last 13 non-conference games.
- Over is 24-8 in MRSH last 32 road games.
- MRSH are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big East.
- XAV are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- XAV are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Conference USA.
- Under is 18-5 in XAV last 23 Tue. games.
Free Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Xavier Musketeers NCAAB Prediction:
I am excited for this game because Marshall is secure it its identity, it is just a question of whether they can perform in a tough spat against a good team.
This is an interesting spread/total as it appears the oddsmakers think the Thundering Herd will get the pace they want but still won’t be able to keep up.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Marshall +21
I love the Thundering Herd in this spot as a big underdog. I think this team can push the Musketeers for long enough to get an easy cover.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Xavier 90 – Marshall 81
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