Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Musketeers vs Panthers CBB Odds
Looking for Xavier Musketeers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Musketeers taking on the Panthers on Friday December 22, 2017 at the McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Musketeers Panthers matchup.
(11-1) Xavier Musketeers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers (8-3)
Date: Friday December 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Xavier -6.5
CBB Betting Total: 136
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Xavier has not been as sharp over its last few games but they are getting wins and moving on. This is a tough spot in a true road contest at an awkward time of the season.
This is not a super dangerous Northern Iowa team but on their home floor anything can happen. They are not going to give the game away. They will make Xavier earn it.
I thought that Marshall would give the Musketeers a challenge and that is what we saw early in the week with just a four point home victory.
Star Trevon Blueitt had one of his worst games of the season, tying a season low with 10 points while tying a season high with 39 minutes played.
Even though Blueitt was off against the Thundering Herd the Musketeers showed their depth with 5 players in double figures, led by Kerem Kanter who had a double-double.
There is something up with Xavier that is hard to put your finger on. Recent wins have masked overall concerns about their play.
Northern Iowa Panthers
The Panthers always have a solid team and are one of the most consistent mid major programs. This year they have stellar defensive numbers but truthfully their schedule has been light.
There is still a Koch on campus, Bennett Koch is the team’s leading scorer and gives the Panthers an inside presence.
I assumed that he was the leading rebounder too but that would be Tywhom Pickford. The 6’4″ wing is close to 10 boards per game and was 18 and 18 against NC State.
The Panthers are all about trying to get you to play their game. If you fall for it even the best teams can be beaten.
CBB Betting Trends:
- XAV are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- Over is 7-2 in XAV last 9 Fri. games.
- XAV are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- UNI are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big East.
- UNI are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- UNI are 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 Fri. games.
Free Xavier Musketeers vs. Northern Iowa Panthers NCAAB Prediction:
I think Xavier is in for another tough contest. They have been a great spread team this season but have not covered in their last two.
Northern Iowa is a tough out and playing them on their own court, and not a neutral, will be a challenge.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: OVER
Xavier will squeak out another win but it will be in doubt, especially in the first half.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Xavier 76 – Northern Iowa 69
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