6:32 pm
December 5

Ohio @ Xavier

What will be the GAME RESULT?

Ohio: Wins or Single Digit Loss

@ Xavier: Wins By Double Digits


Current odds:

Ohio: (+550)

Xavier: (-800)


•  The line for this game is Xavier by 11.5 points.

• Xavier wraps up a three-game homestand Wednesday night with an intrastate game against Ohio University ahead of its Saturday showdown against Cincinnati in the annual Crosstown Shootout. Xavier and Ohio each carry three-game winning streaks into the first meeting in 10 years. Junior Tyrique Jones led Xavier to its latest win, a 73-63 victory over Oakland University on Saturday, with his second consecutive double-double and third of the season (11 points, 11 rebounds). He leads the Big East in rebounding (9.3 per game) and is shooting 62.5 percent from the field. Musketeers’ sophomore Paul Scruggs is contributing 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

• Ohio sophomore Jason Carter carried the Bobcats to a 101-84 victory at home Saturday over Marshall with 25 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

• Sophomore Naji Marshall leads the Musketeers in scoring at 13.1 points per game and ranks second in rebounding (7.0) and assists (3.5). Junior Quentin Goodin is Xavier’s second leading scorer (12.3 points) and the team leader in assists (4.3). Graduate transfer Zach Hankins is second in the Big East Conference in field goal percentage (.750) and tied for fifth in blocked shots per game (1.3).

• The Bobcats shot 51.4 percent from the floor against Marshall (well above their 44.1 percent average for the season) and outrebounded the Thundering Herd by 20. Ben Vander Plas and Gavin Block each came off the bench to score 18 points in that game and Teyvion Kirk had 17. Ohio, whose losses came against South Florida and Loyola Marymount, is struggling with turnovers (16.1 per game) and shooting only 68.3 percent from the free throw line.

• Six Xavier players scored in double figures for the first time this year against Oakland.

• Jones ranks second in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage, according to KenPom.com.

• Carter was named co-Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week after averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two wins last week.

StreakSmarter Pick
Xavier: Wins By Double Digits