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UConn vs Xavier Prediction, Odds and College Basketball Betting Picks

The UConn Huskies are taking on the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center today in what looks to be a great Big East matchup. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting picks, odds, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our UConn vs Xavier prediction for the game tonight. 

UConn vs Xavier Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks

No. 2 UConn Huskies (14-0, 3-0 Big East) vs. No. 22 Xavier Musketeers (11-3, 2-1 Big East)
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Time: 12 PM EST
Venue: Cintas Center — Cincinnati, OH
Coverage: FOX

UConn vs Xavier College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds

All college basketball betting odds for UConn vs Xavier can be found at BetOnline Sportsbook.

Moneyline: CONN: (-240) | XAV: (+220)
Point Spread: CONN: -6 (-105) | XAV: +6 (-105)
Total: 151.5 — Over: (-105) | Under: (-105)

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UConn vs Xavier Prediction, Odds and College Basketball Betting Picks
Credit: Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

KenPom Rankings

KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com

TeamRkAdjOAdjDAdjT
UConn2115.886.069.4
Xavier27114.997.273.1
  • UConn is 4-0 against the spread (ATS) this season on the road.
  • The OVER is 3-2 for UConn in their last five games.
  • Xavier is 2-3 ATS in their last five games.
  • The OVER is 2-3 for Xavier in their last five games.

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UConn vs Xavier Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks

Just because this game is being played early in conference play doesn’t mean it won’t be one of the biggest Big East games of the year. UConn has been on an absolute roll while Xavier has played multiple ranked teams close this season. Xavier lost to #12 Indiana, #8 Duke, and #6 Gonzaga by a combined 13 points. UConn has only played one ranked opponent, but it was a statement win as they beat now #8 Alabama by 15 at a neutral site.

Both teams sport offenses averaging over 82.5 points per game and come in on winning streaks of at least seven games. UConn has continued to dominate over their last five games while Xavier has had to fight for some close victories. In their three most recent games Xavier gave up 89 points to Georgetown, and they beat Seton Hall and St. John’s by a combined eight points. While there is something to be said about being able to pull out victories down the stretch, there haven’t been many signs recently that say that Xavier can hang with UConn right now. It’s a decent-sized line, but pick UConn to cover the spread.

Our college basketball betting UConn vs Xavier prediction tonight will be XAVIER COVERS at BetOnline

For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives UConn a 58.4% chance to win.

Bet: UConn -6


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