Ron's Monday College Basketball Bank Shot Best Bet
Xavier Musketeers (0-0) vs Robert Morris Colonials (0-0)
Monday, November 06, 2023 at 8:00 pm
Xavier looks solid on paper going into 2023-24 but it did lose all six of its top leading scorers from last year. Freemantle and Hunter were expected to be major contributors to the 2023-24 Musketeers, but both were ruled out for what looks like the entire season in late Summer, early Fall. While Sean Miller is a great coach and recruiter, that is a ton of production to make up and I think it is going to take a while for the Musketeers to fire on all cylinders. Robert Morris has a very talented and experienced backcourt. Justice Williams is the big addition to this Colonials team as he was a once highly-touted 4-star recruit who chose LSU over many teams. He gets his chance to see heavy minutes for a D1 team this season and I expect him to make the most of it. Robert Morris also has an experienced head coach in Andrew Poole who has done a great job with the program. Last year, Robert Morris surprised many when it finished in the top 200 in adjusted defensive efficiency, but Poole has always had a keen eye on defense and I expect the Colonials to play responsible ball here. Without so many contributors from last year's team, I can't see Xavier covering this giant number even at home. I think Robert Morris is live in this game and I will take the boatload of points with the Colonials.