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UConn Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers 12/28/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

UConn Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers 12/28/2021 Picks Predictions Previews


The UConn Huskies (10-3) are on their way to meet the 18th ranked Xavier Musketeers (11-2) in the Big East Conference college basketball battle at Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 7:00 PM ET.


Connecticut will try to continue their success in coming to this match-up after winning their recent outing versus the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Huskies won three of their last five contests versus Grambling State, St. Bonaventure, and Marquette while losing to West Virginia and 22nd ranked Providence.


Connecticut is in 4th place at 1-1 in the Big East Conference with a 10-3 overall standing while splitting their last two road outings this season. The Huskies earned an 8-point win over the Golden Eagles after taking a 43-37 lead at halftime and 35-33 advantage after the break leading to their 78-70 victory on December 21.


Guard Tyrese Martin scored 25 points and added 6 rebounds while Guard RJ Cole contributed 20 points and dished out 7 assists in leading UConn in the victory.


The Huskies converted 28 of their 56 (50.0%) shooting attempts from the field, connected 6 of its 20 (30.0%) attempted shots from the three-point range, and made 16 of their 18 (88.9%) tries from the charity stripe.


The Huskies grabbed 30 total rebounds (6 coming from the offensive) while dispensing 16 assists. The defense for Connecticut denied 3 shot attempts with 8 steals but lost the leather in 12 turnovers and committed 17 personal fouls in the contest.


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UConn Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers Predictions 12/28/2021


The 18th ranked Xavier Musketeers lost only two of their last 13 matches played this season and will be hosting this inter-conference duel versus UConn on Tuesday. The Musketeers suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands of 23rd ranked Villanova on December 21.


Xavier is in 3rd place ahead of UConn at 1-1 in the Big East Conference with an overall standing at 11-2 while winning all nine outings played at home this season. The Musketeers took an 8-point lead at halftime against the Wildcats but did not hold on after allowing 41 points to Villanova on the way to their 58-71 defeat.


Guard Dwon Odom scored 13 points off the bench while Guard Nate Johnson added 12 in leading Xavier. Guard Colby Jones led in rebounding with 8 while Guard Paul Scruggs dished out 4 assists for the Musketeers.


The Xavier Musketeers recorded 40.4% (21/52) shooting from the field, 26.1% (6/23) from the rainbow territory, and 76.9% (10/13) from the free-throw line.


The Musketeers out-rebounded the Wildcats at 32 to 31 total rebounds while distributing a total of 8 assists while their defense stole the ball 6 times in the loss. Xavier committed 13 turnovers and 16 personal fouls.   


UConn Huskies vs. #18 Xavier Musketeers. The NCAAB Pick for this match-up is Xavier. The Huskies outscored the Musketeers at an average of 79.3 PPG to 75.5 PPG but on defense, UConn allowed 62.3 PPG while Xavier gave up just 62.0 PPG. This will be a close match between these teams but the Musketeers got the edge of playing at their home court on Tuesday. The prediction: The Xavier Musketeers will win at 70-67. 


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UConn Huskies vs Xavier Musketeers 12/28/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET


Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH


Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021




NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Xavier Musketeers -2.5   


NCAAB Totals: 136.5


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