Top 25 hot teams will clash in Saturday’s Big East Conference, where the No. 2 Connecticut Huskies take on the No. 22 Xavier Musketeers. The Huskies (14-0, 3-0), who are off to the third best start in program history, beat Villanova 74-66 on Wednesday. The Musketeers (11-3, 3-0), who had their best start in the Big East, won seven in a row at St. John’s on Wednesday as he won 84-79. Xavier also made his 3-0 start to play for the Big East in 2013-14, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Tip-off from Cincinnati’s Cintus Center is set for noon ET. Connecticut is leading an all-time series 3-2 with the team splitting his two games in Cincinnati. The Huskies are the 2.5-point favorite in the latest Caesars Sportsbook odds on UConn vs. Xavier, and the over/under total scoring is set for him at 151.5. Before you lock in your pick for Xavier vs. UConn, be sure to check out our college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer models.
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The model now has its sights set on UConn vs Xavier and has fixed pick and CBB predictions. Visit SportsLine today to see our model recommendations. Here are the Xavier vs UConn college basketball odds and betting lines:
- UConn vs Xavier spread: Connecticut -2.5
- UConn vs. Xavier Over/Under: 151.5 points
- UConn vs Xavier Moneyline: Connecticut -140, Xavier -120
- CONN: The Huskies are 6-0 to the spread in their last six games against teams with over .600 winning percentages.
- XAV: The Musketeers are the team with a 7-3-1 winning streak against ATS over their last 11 games.
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Why UConn Has You Covered
Junior forward Adama Sanogo is averaging 17.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game for the Huskies. He has scored in double figures in 12 of 14 games and has two double-doubles. Sanogo had 27 points and 14 rebounds against Butler on December 17, and 27 points and 15 rebounds against Boston College on November 11, 86-57. in 6 games.
Sophomore guard Jordan Hawkins is averaging 14.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 25.5 minutes of action. Hawkins had 22 points and seven rebounds Wednesday against Villanova. He hit his double-digit scoring streak in his sixth game, during which he scored 20 points three times. He nearly recorded a double-double in his November 20 game against Delaware State, scoring 11 points and recording nine rebounds.
Why Xavier Can Cover
The move to UTEP and senior guard Sule Bom are big reasons why the Musketeers got off to a quick start in the conference. He had a 12-game streak of double-digit scoring, including a performance of 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists Wednesday against St. John’s. He tallied 28 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in his 102–89 win over Georgetown on December 16. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
Senior forward Jack Nunge is in his second year of college at the University of Iowa and has started all 14 games this season. He is averaging 15.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He has connected in his 54.1% of his goals on the field, of which 42.5% of his 3-pointers are from his range. Nanji recorded a double-double against St. John’s with 23 points and 12 rebounds. It was his third of the season and second in three games. He also had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Georgetown.
How to make a Xavier vs. UConn pick
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