Bearcats Put Unbeaten Record On Line Wednesday Vs. Xavier

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Xavier Musketeers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
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Date:
12/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Cincinnati -8, O/U 135½
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Television: ESPN2

Xavier Musketeers: US Bank Arena is the site for Wednesday's Crosstown Classic as rivals Xavier (7-2 straight-up, 4-3 against the spread) and Cincinnati collide. It's the 24th consecutive year for the schools to meet on the hardwood, and the Bearcats hold a 48-31 edge in the series. Coach Chris Mack's Musketeers have been idle since a 62-55 win over Kent State on Dec. 9, the final score falling just shy of the 8-point spread. Xavier ranks 10th in the nation, shooting just under 50 percent from the field as a team.

Cincinnati Bearcats: One of eight unbeaten teams heading into Tuesday's action, the 'Cats (10-0 SU, 4-2 ATS) are coming off a 72-56 victory as 13-point favorites vs. Marshall last Saturday. Cincinnati has yet to play a true road game this season, but the team has covered all three neutral-site contests to date (vs. Iowa State, Oregon and Marshall). Coach Mick Cronin's crew leads the nation in rebounding (46.1 per game) and ranks sixth in scoring (83.0 points per game), and the Bearcats are led by junior guard Sean Kilpatrick's 19.3 ppg.


North Carolina Tar Heels at Texas Longhorns
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Date:
12/19/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: UNC -4½, O/U 139½
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Television: ESPN2

UNC Tar Heels: Many expected this matchup to have already occurred at the Maui Invitational, but the Heels (8-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) and 'Horns each bowed out before reaching the finals. North Carolina has won three straight since an embarrassing blowout defeat at Indiana in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Tar Heels are led by James Michael McAdoo's 15.4 ppg, with three others also putting up at least 10 points per game to contribute to the team's 84.4 ppg mark (ranked third in the country).

Texas Longhorns: Coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns (6-4 SU, 3-5 ATS) were hoping to have Myck Kabongo back for this game, but the NCAA has yet to rule on the sophomore guard's suspension. Kabongo, who averaged 9.6 ppg as a freshman, could help an offensively-challenged Texas squad that ranks 268th in the country (scoring 63.3 ppg). The Longhorns have won three of four vs. UNC since Barnes arrived in Austin and stand 4-3 all-time in the series. North Carolina won last year's matchup at home with an 82-63 decision as 10-point chalk.

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