Xavier vs. Mississippi - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mississippi Rebels (21-12) at Xavier (21-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm (Veterans Memorial Arena)
The Line: Ole Miss -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ole Miss Rebels and Xavier Musketeers meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Ole Miss Rebels are coming off a come-from-behind victory over the BYU Cougars on Tuesday. On the season, Ole Miss is averaging 72.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.5 points on 40 percent shooting. Stefan Moody is averaging 16.3 points and 3.5 rebounds while Jarvis Summers is averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 assists. Ladarius White is the third double-digit scorer and Sebastian Saiz is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Ole Miss Rebels have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 77.8 percent from the line and 33.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Ole Miss is allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in five of its last six games.
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The Xavier Musketeers were the sixth-best Big East team and have split their last six games. On the season, Xavier is averaging 73.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting and is allowing 67.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds while Trevon Bluiett is averaging 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. Myles Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Reynolds is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers have six players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 72.5 percent from the line and 34.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Xavier is allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last eight games. J.P. Macura is questionable.
The Rebels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Musketeers are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. Southeastern.
I like Xavier to get the job done here do to its ability to play inside and out. I also don't like that Ole Miss just played Tuesday. Give me the Muskateers and the small chalk.