Betting on today’s Huskies and Musketeers game? Catch the action at Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH, as the Musketeers hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on FS1. The Huskies come into this Big East conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 145.5 points.

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES VS XAVIER MUSKETEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Xavier Musketeers +4.5

This game will be played at Cintas Center at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.

WHY BET THE XAVIER MUSKETEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Musketeers.
  • Not only will Xavier pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Can Connecticut Pull Off a Road Win?

Connecticut is coming off an 88-81 win over Butler and has gone 6-4 in their last 10 games on the road. Overall, the Huskies are 13-2, including a 3-2 record away from home.

On the season, Connecticut has been the favorite in 14 of their 15 games, going 13-1 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin on the road is +2.2 compared to +26.9 at home.

Connecticut’s ATS record this season is 9-6. On the road, they are 3-2 vs. the spread and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 road games. As the favorite, the Huskies have an ATS mark of 6-4 in their last 10 games.

So far this season, the over/under record for Connecticut games is 8-7. The average scoring total in their games this year is 148.3 points, which is higher than today’s over/under line of 145.5. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 147 points.

In their latest game, Connecticut’s offense looked good, scoring 88 points against Butler. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 54.5% and made 18/23 free throws. Leading Connecticut in scoring vs. Butler was Alex Karaban with his 20 points. Tristen Newton also added 17 points for the Huskies.

At present, the Huskies’ defense is nationally ranked 40th, allowing 64.8 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Connecticut’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.8% this season.

Do the Musketeers Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

Even though Xavier is just 7-7 overall, the Musketeers have been much better at home with a record of 6-3. Xavier has won three straight at home and is 7-3 in its last 10 games at home.

On the other hand, Xavier has gone just 1-4 on the road, and the team’s average scoring margin on the road is -2.8. Xavier is coming off a 66-65 loss to Villanova.

As the underdog this season, Xavier has a solid ATS record of 4-1. At home, their ATS mark is 6-3 and they have gone 7-3 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the underdog. Over their last 3 home games, the Musketeers are 3-0 ATS.

This season, the over/under record in Xavier games sits at 5-9, and today’s over/under line of 145.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (147.8). So far, 8 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, Xavier’s games have averaged 135 points compared to their season average of 143.9.

In their latest game, Xavier offense put up 65 points against Villanova. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 36.8% and made 5 threes. One area that the Xavier offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 166th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 44%.

The Musketeers’ defense is presently ranked 114th nationally, allowing an average of 69.3 points per contest. Xavier will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Villanova to just 38% shooting in their most recent game.