The Houston Cougars (7-0) prepare to extend their seven-game winning streak as they take on the Xavier Musketeers (4-3) at Cintas Center on Friday, December 1, 2023. The game will air at 6:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1. We will analyze the Xavier vs. Houston odds and lines for this contest in this piece.

Currently, there is no set line for the game between the Musketeers and the Cougars.

Both Xavier and Houston are 4-3-0 against the spread (ATS) so far this season. In terms of going over the point total, games involving the Musketeers are 3-4-0, while the Cougars are 1-6-0.

Here’s what you need to get ready for Friday’s college hoops showdown.

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How to watch Xavier vs. Houston

  • Game Day: Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: FOX Sports Networks

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Xavier vs. Houston prediction

Houston 69, Xavier 66

Against the spread

  • Xavier has won four games against the spread this season, while failing to cover three times.
  • Houston has compiled a 4-3-0 record against the spread this year.
  • The Musketeers score 77.1 points per game, 28.1 more points than the 49.0 the Cougars allow.
  • Xavier has a 4-3 record against the spread and a 4-3 record overall when putting up more than 49.0 points.
  • Houston is 4-3 against the spread and 7-0 overall when allowing fewer than 77.1 points.
  • The Cougars’ 76.3 points per game are 8.0 more points than the 68.3 the Musketeers allow.
  • Houston has put together a 4-2 ATS record and a 6-0 overall record in games it scores more than 68.3 points.
  • Xavier is 3-2 against the spread and 4-1 overall when it allows fewer than 76.3 points.

Players to watch


  • Desmond Claude paces the Musketeers at 16.7 points per contest, while also putting up 3.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds.
  • Quincy Olivari averages a team-leading 5.1 rebounds per game. In addition, he’s registering 13.4 points and 2.1 assists, shooting 40.8% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game.
  • Dayvion McKnight is tops on the Musketeers at 5.3 assists per contest, while also averaging 4.6 rebounds and 7.3 points.


  • Jamal Shead tops the Cougars in assists (6.3 per game), and puts up 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. He also puts up 3.0 steals (eighth in college basketball) and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • LJ Cryer paces the Cougars in scoring (17.0 points per game), and produces 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also posts 1.0 steal and 0.0 blocked shots.
  • J’wan Roberts is the Cougars’ top rebounder (7.7 per game), and he posts 9.1 points and 1.4 assists.