UConn vs Xavier Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 25 (Huskies Exact Revenge in High-Scoring Showdown)

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UConn vs Xavier prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
UConn vs Xavier prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Noah K. Murray
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UConn vs Xavier Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 19 UConn (16-5, 5-5 Big East) vs. No. 13 Xavier (16-4, 8-1 Big East)
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion -- Storrs, Connecticut

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Wednesday with an exciting matchup between the No. 13 Xavier Musketeers and No. 19 UConn Huskies. Xavier bounced back from a tough loss with a 95-82 win over Georgetown on Saturday. Zach Freemantle shined with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile, UConn got back in the winning column with an 86-56 victory over Butler on Sunday. Jordan Hawkins scored a team-high 20 points, while Adama Sanogo posted a double-double (17 points & 14 rebounds. The Huskies held the Bulldogs to a dismal 32.7% shooting mark (17-of-52).

UConn vs Xavier Odds & Spread

UConn enters this contest as considerable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 153.5 points, which is above average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

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UConn vs Xavier Betting Trends

  • UConn has 13 wins in 21 games against the spread this year.
  • The Huskies are 9-4 as 7.5-point favorites or more.
  • Out of 21 UConn's games so far this season, 13 have hit the over.
  • Against the spread, Xavier is 11-9-0 this season.
  • The Musketeers have covered every time (1-0) as a 7.5-point underdog or more this season.
  • There have been 14 Xavier games (out of 20) that went over the total this season.
UConn Rank UConn AVG Xavier AVG Xavier Rank
34th 79.3 Points Scored 84.1 8th
37th 63.5 Points Allowed 75.4 326th
24th 36.3 Rebounds 36.1 29th
27th 11 Off. Rebounds 9.4 122nd
30th 9.1 3pt Made 7.3 196th
8th 17.7 Assists 21.2 1st
154th 12 Turnovers 13.1 264th

UConn vs Xavier Prediction & Pick

These teams entered the season unranked in the AP Poll and overlooked in the Big East conference. Each side has proven that it is a legitimate title contender past the midway point of the campaign, though. Xavier and UConn rank among the top 25 teams in offensive efficiency and points per game.

When two elite offenses face head-to-head, the key to victory tends to be a few defensive stops late in the game. I trust the Huskies to get thos stops considering they are the home team here. UConn ranks 13th in defensive efficiency and allows only 62.5 points per game at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.

UConn has also won 16 of its last 17 home games, so give me the Huskies in a close showdown.

Final Score Prediction: UConn: 81 | Xavier: 77

UConn vs Xavier Best Bet

It's important to note that these teams have already faced off this year as Xavier earned an 83-73 home victory over UConn on Dec. 31. The Musketeers shot 53.8% from the floor, while UConn tallied 13 three-pointers. The offenses balled out in that one and I expect more of the same on Wednesday.

The total has hit the over in 15 of Xavier's last 20 games overall as well as eight of its last 10 games played on a Wednesday. The over has also cashed in 12 of UConn's last 18 games overall and in four of its last five matchups against Xavier. Trust the trends here and root for points in a Big East battle.

Bet: Over 153.5 Points (-110)

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