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Xavier vs. Seton Hall - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seton Hall Pirates (23-8) at Xavier Musketeers (27-4)

College Basketball: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The Seton Hall Pirates and 5th ranked Xavier Musketeers will square off in the semifinals of the Big East Men’s Championship this Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The 3-seed Seton Hall Pirates got some big plays by Isaiah Whitehead late in the game to be able to hold off and defeat the 6-seed Creighton Bluejays, 81-73, to advance in the Big East Tournament. Seton Hall was great on the offensive end as they shot 50.9% from the field and 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc. The Pirates held the Bluejays to 41.1% shooting from the field and outrebounded Creighton by a 45-25 margin. Leading the way for Seton Hall was Isaiah Whitehead who had a double-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, and a block. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Isaiah Whitehead (17.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.5 bpg), Khadeen Carrington (13.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Angel Delgado (10.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 74.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field and 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.01. Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 40.2% shooting. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 4.0 and average 7.1 steals per game.

Xavier vs. Seton Hall - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 2-seed Xavier Musketeers used a strong offensive first half to defeat the 7-seed Marquette Golden Eagles, 90-72, on Wednesday night. Xavier was able to get out to a 46-30 halftime lead and led by double-digits throughout the 2nd half in the victory. Xavier shot 53.0% from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc. The Musketeers held the Golden Eagles to 16.7% (3-18) shooting from beyond the arc and outrebounded Marquette by a 43-31. Leading the way for Xavier was Trevon Bluiett who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Trevon Bluiett (15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Myles Davis (11.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg), and Edmond Summer (11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Xavier is averaging 81.0 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field and 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Musketeers average 7.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.28. Defensively, Xavier is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 ppg on 41.4% shooting. The Musketeers have a rebound margin of 7.5 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Pirates are 12-3 ATS in thier last 15 vs. Big East opponents and 20-7 ATS in thier last 27 games overall. The Musketeers are 7-0 ATS in thier last 7 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-2 ATS in thier last 7 games overall. 

Seton Hall and Xavier split their regular season series as both teams won their home games by at least eight points. Seton Hall has some great offensive players in Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington however, a large part of the reason why they’ll make the NCAA Tournament this season is due to their defense that ranks 64th in the country in scoring defense and 37th in defensive FG%. Xavier has one of the most dangerous offenses in the country that can put up points in bunches and have done a great job on the glass this season as they rank 21st in the country in rebound margin. Seton Hall has had a great season however, Xavier is the better team in this one and as the Musketeers are still playing for a top-seed in the NCAA Tournament, I think they get a convincing victory in this one. The line has yet to be posted in this one but unless Xavier is favored by 6+ points, I’m going to take the Musketeers to cover. Please check back for updates when the line is posted. 

Update - The line is currently set right at my line where I was going to take Xavier. I'm going to stick with the Musketeers to cover in this one.

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