Xavier vs Wake Forest College Basketball Betting Preview

Posted by Kenny Bell on Monday,December 21, 2015 6:07, EST in

When you are on an unbeaten run to start the season, it can be tough not to start looking ahead at the schedule. This is when trip-up games can rise up and get you. The Xavier Musketeers are going to have to maintain their focus when they travel to Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Tuesday, December 22. Tip-off for this one is set for 7 PM EST on ESPN3. Make sure to keep up with the latest odds for this and other College Hoops Odds match ups with Mybookie.ag Sportsbook.

Musketeers vs Demon Decons College Basketball Betting Preview

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Xavier are coming into this one unbeaten on the season, which helps explains their straight up. That seems like a pretty safe bet, but if you are looking for some bang for your betting buck, you might want to look at the point spread. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always go with the OVER/UNDER.

Why bet on the Xavier Musketeers

The most obvious reason to throw your money in the direction of the Xavier Musketeers is because they are an impressive 11-0 to start the season. There haven’t been many big tests among those games, but they did manage a solid 65-55 win over a ranked Cincinnati Bearcats team last week. The Musketeers are 7-0 ATS the spread in their last 7 games, and are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games versus opponents with a home winning record of .600 or better. They just look like a solid bet all around, and are averaging 81.7 PPG versus 62.9 PPG against.

Why bet on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest (8-2) fell to a pair of losses earlier in the season, but have rebounded nicely to reel off 5 straight wins heading into this one. While those victories have come against less than stellar opposition, the Demon Deacons do have a win over a ranked opponent this season, knocking off Indiana 82-78 back in November. The Demon Deacons are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games against an opponent with a winning straight up record, and are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games against an opponent with a winning road record. Wake Forest is averaging 79.7 PPG, but are giving up 78.8 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The only check mark that Wake Forest gets when looking at the match-up edge is in field goal %, which isn’t really enough to suggest that they could get the win here. Xavier are rolling right now, and should continue to do so on Tuesday.

My final score prediction: Xavier Musketeers 85 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 64