Georgia State vs. Xavier - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament 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 -7 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds
The Georgia State Panthers and Xavier Musketeers play Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Georgia State Panthers have won six straight and are coming off a win over Baylor. On the season, GSU is averaging 70.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 38.3 percent shooting. R.J. Hunter is averaging 19.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while Ryan Harrow is averaging 18.7 points and 3.7 assists. Markus Crider is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Kevin Ware is dishing 2.4 assists. The Georgia State Panthers have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 72.5 percent from the line and 33.1 percent from deep. Defensively, GSU is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five of its last six games.
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The Xavier Musketeers have won six of their last nine and are coming off a win over Ole Miss. On the season, Xavier is averaging 73.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting and is allowing 67.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds while Trevon Bluiett is averaging 11.5 points and two assists. Myles Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Reynolds is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers have six players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 72.3 percent from the line and 35.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Xavier is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from dee and has given up 63 or less points in six of its last nine games.
The Panthers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Musketeers are 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 NCAA Tournament games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
The same reason I was on Georgia State in the first game is the same reason I'm backing them here. The Panthers are no fluke. They have some experienced players and guys who can flat out ball. Again, don't be surprised if Georgia State pulls off another outright upset.