CBB Betting – Xavier Musketeers to tame the Cincinnati Bearcats in city rivalry Saturday
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The CBB betting “Battle of Cincinnati” takes place this weekend when the Bearcats (5-2, 1-3 ATS) out of the big, bad Big East make the short trip to take on Xavier (7-0, 3-2 ATS) from the upstart Atlantic 10 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, December 10th at 12:30 ET in a game televised on ESPN2 & ESPN3.com.
We say score one for the mid-majors on the CBB betting lines here, as Xavier is one of the best mid-major teams in the country along with Memphis, while Cincinnati has frankly been quite disappointing in the early going after looking like potential darkhorses in the Big East coming into this season.
The Atlantic 10 is currently the eighth ranked conference in the country on the Pomeroy Ratings, meaning that it is the second highest ranked mid-major behind the Mountain West and the six majors. Furthermore, the gap behind the Mountain West is narrowing as Xavier is just one of three Atlantic 10 teams in the Pomeroy Top 40 (Saint Louis, Temple), and the conference has eight teams in the Top 100.
Xavier remained undefeated with a nice 73-61 CBB betting odds road win at Butler on Wednesday. Now we get that the Musketeers did not beat the same Butler team that went to the last two National Championship Games, as the Bulldogs now rank just 125th, but the Musketeers already validated their record in their previous two games, beating Vanderbilt (41st) on the road and Purdue (18th) at home.
The Musketeers rank 36th in the nation in offensive efficiency, but it is their smothering defense that has really keyed their fast start. Xavier ranks an excellent 20th in defensive efficiency, ninth in effective field goal percentage against (40.4 percent), 18th in three-point defense (25.5 percent) and 35th in two-point defense (41.6 percent).
Now we admit that we were among those that expected nice things from Cincinnati this CBB betting lines season, as this is a team that returned its top four scorers from a club that won 26 games a year ago and beat a very good Missouri team in the NCAA Tournament before losing to the eventual national champions from Connecticut.
Instead, the Bearcats rank a disappointing 149th in effective field goal percentage to date including hitting on a poor 46.0 percent of their two-point shots (209th). That is the main reason that they have lost two games at home to the likes of Presbyterian and Marshall, and also why they struggled to cover their first point spread of the season vs. 106th ranked Georgia in their last game.
It is very disconcerting that Cincinnati has performed so poorly with a Strength of Schedule that ranks 326th in the nation, and we do not expect the Bearcats to suddenly cure their offensive woes vs. this great Xavier defense.
CBB Betting Pick: Take the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday!
Does Xavier continue to do the Atlantic 10 proud here, or will the Bearcats finally play as well as many people expected them to before the season? For the highest limits and fastest payouts, back your opinion on this and other CBB betting lines at Bookmaker, the most respected sportsbook in the world.
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