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Western Carolina Catamounts vs Xavier Musketeers 12/18/2019 Picks, Predictions and Previews

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Western Carolina Catamounts vs Xavier Musketeers 12-18-2019 Picks Predictions and Previews

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Xavier Musketeers 12/18/2019 – The West Carolina Catamounts own a 7-2 record and riding a five-game winning streak. They will be putting that on the line when visiting the Xavier Musketeers who are at 9-2 and coming off a loss. This game is going to happen on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 PM ET in Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. TV rights are owned by Fox Sports 1 and for online viewers, they can catch the game at SofaScore. The Musketeers are expected to win this game against the Catamounts according to Bet Basketball Game.

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Xavier Musketeers 12/18/2019

When: Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 PM ET
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Sofascore

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Xavier Musketeers 12/18/2019

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Western Carolina +15 (-105) 146.5 o (-110) +1075
Xavier -15 (-105) 146.5 u (-110) -1425
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Western Carolina Catamounts

The Catamounts are on a roll with Mason Faulkner leading the team’s charge. He has contributed across the board with 19.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.6 steals per night. He got a good supporting cast with Carlos Dotson as the clear second guy behind Faulkner doing 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per night. Matt Halvorsen and Onno Steger each averages double-digit contributions per night while Kameron Gibson provides more depth to the team. Overall, the Western Carolina Catamounts have a lot of options to show and expect them to ride on Faulkner’s tempo. A win here will push their team to have a six-game winning streak and a victory over a strong team like Xavier Musketeers will help in the team’s confidence in facing Tennessee Techs in their next game.

Players to watch:

M. Faulkner G (9 GP 34.8 MIN 19.8 PTS 5.4 REB 6.2 AST 1.6 STL 0 BLK 3 TO 43.6 FG% 74 FT% 37.9 3P%), C. Dotson F (9 GP 26.2 MIN 14.1 PTS 9.7 REB 1.4 AST 0.6 STL 0.2 BLK 2.9 TO 63.4 FG% 48.9 FT% 0 3P%), M. Halvorsen G (9 GP 33.7 MIN 10.1 PTS 2.7 REB 1.7 AST 0.9 STL 0 BLK 0.9 TO 41.7 FG% 70 FT% 39.3 3P%).

Xavier Musketeers

The Musketeers are on a roll with their trio of Naji Marshall, Paul Scruggs and Tyrique Jones. They had a hiccup losing to Wake Forest by just two points but before that they won three straight games. Marshall leads the Musketeers scoring attack with 16.9 points per game to go with 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals per night. Scruggs has missed only one game so far and is available for this game against Xavier. He has averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Jones has been the team’s double-double threat doing 13.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Overall, this team is being anchored by Marshall, Scruggs and Jones. Other than the three, Quentin Goodin and Jason Carter had been playing 28 minutes each but of course, the Musketeers coach need more from them. It should be interesting how the team utilizes the potential of Zach Freemantle who’s numbers are fairly good for just doing 16 minutes per game.

Players to Watch:

N. Marshall F (11 GP 33.2 MIN 16.9 PTS 5.9 REB 3.5 AST 1.4 STL 0.4 BLK 2.7 TO 44.7 FG% 69.8 FT% 25.9 3P%), P. Scruggs G (10 GP 33.4 MIN 15.8 PTS 4.2 REB 2.5 AST 1.6 STL 0.5 BLK 2.6 TO 53.3 FG% 83.3 FT% 34.6 3P%), T. Jones F (11 GP 25 MIN 13.6 PTS 9.5 REB 1 AST 0.8 STL 0.9 BLK 2.2 TO 50.9 FG% 59.2 FT% 0 3P%).

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Xavier Musketeers Betting Predictions

Trends

Western Carolina Catamounts

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Western Carolina’s last 13 games.
Catamounts are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Carolina’s last 6 games on the road.
Western Carolina is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games this season.
Catamounts are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Big East conference.

Xavier Musketeers

Musketeers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Xavier’s last 6 games.
Xavier is 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.
Musketeers are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier’s last 5 games this season.

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Xavier Musketeers Betting Picks

Having the game played in the Xaviers Musketeers’ home court makes the Catamounts chances bleak as Online Sportsbook predicts. It should be the trio of Scruggs, Jones and Marshall dictating the pace but it would be interesting to watch who among the Musketeers bench will step up as we try to get a glimpse of the future of the team. West Carolina’s Faulkner should be a watch on how he responds to the defense of the Musketeers.

Moneyline: It is a huge Moneyline given to West Carolina if they win with a +1075.  On the other hand, Xavier is at -1425.

Spread: It is 15 points across the spread between the Catamounts and Musketeers. Xavier is at 15 while Catamounts are at +15.

Total: Both teams are predicted to reach the total score of 146.5 with the Musketeers going under while the Catamounts are over.

Score Prediction: 82-65, Musketeers win.