Xavier vs. Wisconsin - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers at Xavier Musketeers
College Basketball: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Xavier Musketeers meet Sunday in the NCAA Tournament at the Scottrade Center.
The Wisconsin Badgers look for another win after beating Pittsburgh on Friday. The Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 68.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 63.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Nigel Hayes is averaging 16.3 points and three assists while Bronson Koenig is averaging 13.4 points and 2.5 rebounds. Ethan Happ is the third double-digit scorer and Vitto Brown is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Wisconsin Badgers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Badgers are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Wisconsin Badgers are 2-2 on neutral courts this season.
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The Xavier Musketeers look for another win after beating Weber State on Friday. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 81 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while Edmond Sumner is averaging 11.3 points and 3.5 assists. Myles Davis is dishing 4.2 assists and James Farr is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Musketeers are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers are 5-1 this season on neutral courts.
The Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Musketeers are 21-4-1 ATS in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games.
I really like the way Wisconsin is playing as of late, but the Badgers have also had stretches where they've had issues putting the ball in the hoop. That's not good against an Xavier team that can really light it up. The Musketeers and the small line has to be the play here.