Weber State Wildcats vs. Xavier Musketeers - 3/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (27-5) vs. Weber State Wildcats (26-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -13 See the Latest Odds
The Xavier Musketeers will play the Weber State Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Weber State Wildcats are 26-8 (15-3) and are the #15 seed in the East Region. Weber State was able to win the Big Sky tournament by beating Portland State (78-74), North Dakota (83-78), and Montana (62-59). Before the conference tournament, Weber State finished the regular season by winning 7 of their last 8 games. Weber State is averaging 76.7 points per game while giving up 66.9 points per game. Weber State is also averaging 37.5 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Jeremy Senglin is averaging 18.2 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for Weber State. Joel Bolomboy is averaging 17.2 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Weber State is shooting 67.7% on free throws, 37.4% on three-pointers, and 48.4% on three-pointers.
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The Xavier Musketeers are 27-5 (14-4) and are the #2 seed in the East Region. Xavier lost in the semi-finals of the Big East Tournament against Seton Hall by a score of 87-83. Xavier was able to beat Marquette by a score of 90-72 in their first game of the Big East Tournament. Xavier finished the regular season by winning 5 of their last 6 games. Xavier is averaging 81.3 points per game while giving up 71 points per game. Xavier is also averaging 41 rebounds per game and 16.4 assists per game. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 15.5 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for Xavier. Edmond Sumner is averaging 11.3 points per game and 3.5 assists per game for the Musketeers. Xavier is shooting 73.1% on free throws, 36.2% on three-pointers, and 45.2% on all field goal attempts.
Weber State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. Weber State is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games. The over is 5-0 in Weber State’s last 5 Friday games. Xavier is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games. Xavier is 20-5-2 ATS in their last 27 NCAA Tournament games. The over is 7-0 in Xavier’s last 7 games.
Xavier has had a very good season and comes into this game as the #2 seed in their region. Weber State also has had a very good season and was able to win the regular season and post season Big Sky titles. Xavier is a high scoring team, averaging over 81 points per game, and will also have the rebounding advantage in this game. I like Xavier here.