The No. 21 Xavier Musketeers (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they take on the Missouri State Bears (2-1) at Cintas Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15, 2019.
Missouri State Bears at Xavier Musketeers Odds Preview
The Bears easily got past the Cleveland State Vikings in their last matchup, 73-53. Keandre Cook was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Missouri State played a flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.528 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.2. Cleveland State had marks of 0.228 and 29.8, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Musketeers’ last matchup, they topped the Missouri Tigers, 63-58. Jason Carter fueled Xavier with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Xavier played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.328 and a turnover percentage of 18.0. Missouri was 0.200 and 23.1, respectively, for those same stats.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams battle. Xavier ranks 259th in possessions per game (67.8) and Missouri State is 327th (65.7) since the 2018-19 season.
Missouri State Bears at Xavier Musketeers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Xavier, ATS Winner – Missouri State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Bears rank 81st in steals per game (7.0) while the Musketeers rank 209th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Missouri State ranks 84th in blocked shots (3.9 per game) while Xavier ranks 101st in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
Missouri State ranks 20th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Xavier ranks 271st (24.8).
The Musketeers rank 78th in assists per game (14.5) while the Bears rank 293rd (10.9).
Xavier ranks 91st in rebounds per game (37.1) while Missouri State ranks 301st (31.9).