Southern vs Xavier Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 13 (Expect Scoring Early and Often in Cintas Center Clash)

Devon Platana
Southern vs Xavier prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Southern vs Xavier prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Aaron Doster
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Southern vs Xavier Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Southern Jaguars (4-5, 1-4 Away) vs. Xavier Musketeers (7-3, 5-1 Home)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Cintas Center — Cincinnati, OH
Coverage: FS1

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Tuesday, Dec. 13 with an interesting matchup between the Southern Jaguars and Xavier Musketeers.

Bouncing back and forth between wins and losses over the last few weeks, Southern enters this game following a 98-76 victory over LSU Alexandria on Saturday. It's going to be tough to keep that momentum going, though. After all, Xavier's 80-77 win against Cincinnati over the weekend marked the Musketeers' third consecutive victory.

Can Southern win for just the second time on the road this season? Or will Xavier prove to be too difficult to defeat at Cintas Center?

Southern vs Xavier Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: SOU: (+1600) | XAV: (-4500)
Spread: SOU: +22.5 (-110) | XAV: -22.5 (-110)
Total: 153.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Xavier enters this contest as the heavy favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 153.5 points, which is above average compared to Tuesday's projected totals.

Southern vs Xavier Prediction & Pick

Quite a few things are working against Southern in this matchup. For starters, the Jaguars have been terrible away from home this year, losing four of five road games thus far. On top of that, their minus-6.3 road scoring margin is also nothing to write home about.

On the other hand, Xavier has the seventh-best offense (83.6 PPG), second-best three-point percentage (42.0%) and fourth-best field-goal percentage (50.9%) in the nation. The Musketeers' offense is firing on all cylinders and it'll likely be incredibly tough for an SWAC school like Southern to keep pace.

Throwing in the fact that the Jaguars are 0-5 straight up in their last five games against the Big East, it's even more evident that this is Xavier's game to lose.

Final Score Prediction: Xavier: 89 | Southern: 65

Southern vs Xavier Betting Trends

- Southern is 4-16 straight up in its last 20 games played in December.
- Xavier is 4-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
- The total has hit the under in six of Southern's last nine games.
- The total has hit the over in 12 of Xavier's last 13 games.

Southern vs Xavier Best Bet

I recommend taking the over on the 153.5-point total tonight. Xavier's offense will do most of the work, but Southern should still be able to contribute considering how the former's defense isn't anything special.

Furthermore, the total has hit the over in all but one of the Musketeers' games this season. Unless both defenses completely turn things around, brace for more points than expected tonight.

Bet: Over 153.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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