Xavier vs. Georgia State - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia State Panthers (25-9) at Xavier Musketeers (22-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:10 pm (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 133 See the Latest Odds
The Xavier Musketeers and the Georgia State Panthers face off on Saturday in Jacksonville in a second round matchup of the NCAA Tournament.
The Xavier Musketeers are 22-13 this season and they are coming off of a dominating win over Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Xavier is averaging 73.6 points and they are shooting 47.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.3 percent. Matt Stainbrook leads the Musketeers averaging 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 11.5 points, Myles Davis is averaging 10.5 points, and Jalen Reynolds is averaging 9.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Xavier is 4-3 in neutral site games and 11-4 in games outside of the Big East.
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The Georgia State Panthers are 25-9 this season and they are coming off of a huge upset win over Baylor in their first round NCAA Tournament game. Georgia State is averaging 71.5 points and they are shooting 47.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 62 points and their opponents are shooting 38.3 percent. R.J. Hunter leads the Panthers averaging 19.6 points per game. Markus Crider is averaging 9.7 points and 6.6 rebounds, Kevin Ware is averaging 7.6 points, and Curtis Washington is averaging 5.1 points. Georgia State is 5-0 in neutral site games and 10-4 in games outside if the Sun Belt.
Xavier is 3-1-1 against the spread following a win, 5-2-1 against the spread against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five Saturday games. Georgia State is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games, 6-15 against the spread in their last 21 non-conference games, and 7-3 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread.
I am expecting to see some big scoring in this one and that it soars over the total and the over is my free pick. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.