Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Xavier Musketeers, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES XAVIER MUSKETEERS
8-3 December 20, 6:30 PM | Cintas Center 9-2

When: 6:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Eastern Washington +23.5 -110 147 -115
Xavier -23.5 -110 147 -105
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The fans at Cintas Center will be treated to a game between the Eastern Washington Eagles and the Xavier Musketeers when they take their seats on Tuesday.

ABOUT EASTERN WASHINGTON (8-3): The Eagles will test themselves against Xavier and Colorado on the road before opening Big Sky Conference play at Idaho on Dec. 30. “These next two games we are playing in a little deeper water than we are used to,” Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford told reporters. “So it’s about whether we can use these opportunities to make us a better team.” Junior forward Bogdan Bliznyuk from Ukraine leads the team in scoring (21.7) while senior forward Felix Von Hofe (14.3) and senior forward Jacob Wiley (13.7, 7.7 rebounds) also contribute.

ABOUT XAVIER (9-2): Senior forward RaShid Gaston is averaging 13 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games since moving into the starting lineup, but that move has weakened a bench that is going backward as four players combined to go 2-for-8 from the field Saturday. “It played very poor, and that’s about as nice as I can put it,” Musketeers coach Chris Mack told reporters of his bench. Bluiett is averaging 19.3 points and 5.7 rebounds while fellow junior guard J.P. Macura provides 14.6 points per game and Sumner is close behind at 14.5 to go along with 4.1 assists.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Musketeers listed as 23.5-point favorites versus the Eagles, while the game’s total is sitting at 147 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

No. 17 Xavier looks to extend its winning streak against non-conference opponents at home to 30 games when Eastern Washington pays a visit to the Cintas Center on Tuesday night. The Musketeers improved to 6-0 at home with a 69-65 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday as leading scorer Trevon Bluiett drained three late free throws to help seal a second straight win.

“It just shows even when we’re not on top of our game, we can still close games,” Bluiett told reporters. “I think that’s a sign and a good feeling for us to know that we’re capable of doing that. We just don’t want to keep putting ourselves in these situations.” Xavier, which opens Big East play against Providence on Dec. 28, was outrebounded for the first time this season against Wake Forest (38-37) and turned the ball over 15 times. “Something may be off,” Musketeers sophomore guard Edmond Sumner told the media. “At times you can see we’re clicking, but it’s not through a whole half, it’s in spurts. We still have to figure out what’s going on.” Eastern Washington saw its seven-game winning streak end with a 70-48 loss at Northern Kentucky on Sunday, but has still tied its best 11-game start in Division I history (8-3).

Xavier won its last outing, a 69-65 result against Demon Deacons on December 17. They failed to cover in that game as a -9.5-point favorite.

Last time out for Eastern Washington, they were a 70-48 loser as they battled Norse on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +5-point underdog.

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Eastern Washington:
Team record: 8-3 SU,4-3 ATS
Eastern Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Eastern Washington is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road

Xavier:
Team record: 9-2 SU,5-5 ATS
Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Xavier is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Washington at Colorado Thursday, December 22
Xavier home to Providence Wednesday, December 28

COLLEGE HOOPS
1. Xavier F Sean O’Mara is averaging 2.3 points in 7.8 minutes the last four games after scoring 8.1 in 17.3 minutes over the first seven.

2. Eastern Washington is 1-3 on the road, but 4-0 in overtime games this season – two of the wins against Seattle.

3. The Musketeers are 222-31 at the Cintas Center since it opened in 2000.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Eastern Washington Eagles will cover the spread at +23.5 and the game will go over 147 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Xavier 80, Eastern Washington 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
EWASH TEAM XAVIR
78.9 PTS FOR 75.0
78.3 PTS AGNST 66.1
0.6 DIFF. 8.9
24.8 DEF REBOUNDS 27.6
9.5 OFF REBOUNDS 12.5
45.5 FG% 44.8
81.8 FT% 69.1
9.1 3 POINTERS 6.6
4.7 STEALS 7.3
INJURIES
EASTERN WASHINGTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
XAVIER
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
EASTERN WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Eastern Washington is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
XAVIER
Xavier is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Eastern Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Xavier’s Overall Defense 78.9 79 66.1 72
Eastern Washington’s Away Scoring vs Xavier’s Home Defense 66.3 241 63.1 95
Eastern Washington’s Road Rebounds vs Xavier’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.0 162 29.1 26
Xavier’s Overall Scoring vs Eastern Washington’s Overall Defense 75.0 166 78.3 293
Xavier’s Home Scoring vs Eastern Washington’s Road Defense 78.3 182 82.3 277
Xavier’s Home Rebounds vs Eastern Washington’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.7 196 40.8 305
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
EASTERN WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington is second in the league in free throw percentage at 81.8.
XAVIER
No trends to report
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
EWASH 45.5 45.2 0.3
XAVIR 44.8 42.0 2.7
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
EWASH 9.5 24.8 34.4
XAVIR 12.5 27.6 40.1
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
EWASH 13.1 12.3 1.1
XAVIR 14.2 12.9 1.1

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