The Houston Cougars face their most challenging test of the season as they head to Cincinnati to take on the Xavier Musketeers. Houston holds the #6 spot in the AP Top 25 but is currently ranked as the #1 team in the nation by KenPom. Known for their elite defense in recent seasons, the Cougars continue to showcase their defensive prowess in 2023. With the best adjusted defensive efficiency in the nation, they have held all their opponents to less than 55 points, except for Utah, who scored 66 back in November. Despite a relatively weak strength of schedule, Houston has managed to secure victories by double digits in all 7 of their games and are favored by 8.5 points in tonight’s match-up.
Xavier, on the other hand, will enjoy home-court advantage and aims to bounce back from a surprising loss to Oakland. With a 3-1 home record, the Musketeers have faced tough opponents such as Purdue and Washington, and have shown strength with a 17-point win over Saint Mary’s. Their emphasis on defensive effort has led to a ranking of 27th in adjusted defensive efficiency. Expecting a staunch defensive battle, this game may pose a challenge for both teams offensively. With the odds in mind, the under 139.5 bet is worth considering for this match-up in Cincinnati.
Under 139.5 (-110) available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.
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