Xavier vs. Arizona - 3/26/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (23-13) at Arizona Wildcats (33-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -11 -- Over/Under: 136 See the Latest Odds
The Xavier Musketeers and Arizona Wildcats play Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.
The The Xavier Musketeers have won five of their last six and are coming off a win over Georgia State. On the season, Xavier is averaging 73.7 points on 47.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds while Trevon Bluiett is averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Myles Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Reynolds is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The The Xavier Musketeers have six players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 72.9 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Xavier is allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
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The Arizona Wildcats haven’t loss since early February and are coming off a win over Ohio State. On the season, Arizona is averaging 76.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting and is allowing 59 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Stanley Johnson is averaging 14 points and 6.6 rebounds while Brandon Ashley is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and T.J. McConnell is dishing 6.3 assists. The Arizona Wildcats have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 70.8 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.
The Musketeers are 19-5-2 ATS in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. The Wildcats are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games following a S.U. win and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
I don't expect Xavier to shoot the way it did against Georgia State. However, Stainbrook is a huge advantage the Muskateers have, and he'll do enough to make this game compeitive. I'll gladly take the double-digit cushion.