Xavier vs Washington Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/18/23

Washington Huskies (2-1) vs Xavier Musketeers (2-1)

Game Info: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 12:00 am (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Huskies +2.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Xavier Musketeers and Washington Huskies face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at T-Mobile Arena. 

Washington Coming Off a Poor Game

Washington comes into this game with a 2-1 record overall but the really struggled in the last game. In the last game against Nevada, the defense gave up 83 points and that led to seven points defeat. At halftime, they were down 41-30, and they ended up not bouncing back. Keion Brooks Jr was the top player, putting up 19 points, 11 rebounds, and one assist. The Huskies are averaging 80.7 points, while their defense is giving up 69 points per game. The offense is ranked 131st, but in this game it’s going to be about the defense making life tough on Xavier. 

How Does Xavier Bounce Back?

Xavier comes into this game with a 2-1 record overall, but they were defeated in the last game. Xavier scored 71 points while the defense gave up 83 points and that led to the 12 point defeat. Desmond Claude was the top player, putting up 15 points, six assists, and three rebounds. Xavier on the season is averaging 75.7 points while their defense is giving up 67.3 points per game. In this game, Xavier can’t fall behind early. They fell behind early in the last game, and it can’t happen again here. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Washington is going to be the team that finds success here. Washington is going to have no issue running up the score here. Xavier is averaging 75.7 points per game but their defense isn’t going to give them much of a chance to keep this game close. Washington is going to have a very comfortable victory. Back Washington against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Washington +2.5

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