Musketeers vs. Demon Deacons Prediction
The 23rd-ranked Xavier Musketeers will go for a fourth straight win this afternoon at the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the Skip Prosser Classic. Can Xavier navigate its way to a win as the favorites?
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Lawrence Joel Coliseum at 4PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Musketeers are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 142.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 82 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Xavier. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Musketeers down rival Bearcats
Xavier bested visiting Cincinnati last Saturday by a count of 73-66 to improve to 9-1 overall and 7-1 at home. The Musketeers outscored the Musketeers 41-37 in the second half to secure the win. Naji Marshall paced Xavier with 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting including 4-of-11 from 3-point distance plus 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He also racked up eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. Tyrique Jones added 10 points and nine boards.
Demon Deacons lost third straight
Wake Forest fell 91-82 at home last Saturday against North Carolina State to drop to 5-5 overall and 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons trailed 45-36 at halftime and could not recover. Brandon Childress led Wake Forest with 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting including 5-of-6 from 3-point distance plus 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. Olivier Sarr added 12 points and nine boards off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Musketeers are 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games. Xavier is 6-2 ATS in its last eight Saturday games.
The Demon Deacons are 4-17 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games. Wake Forest is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games following an ATS loss.
The Musketeers only have won loss this season, but also have only one win over a top 50 team and that came at home against Cincinnati (49th). Wake Forest has struggled lately, but have also had its moments this season and this could be a great opportunity in front of a fired-up crowd. I see this one going down to the wire as consistency is the biggest issue for the Demon Deacons and I'm going to roll the dice on a complete performance here.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS +4.5