Seton Hall vs. Xavier - 2/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (25-3) at Seton Hall Pirates (20-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Prudential Center)
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The 5th ranked Xavier Musketeers will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the Seton Hall Pirates this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Xavier Musketeers won their 4th straight game and improved to 25-3 (13-3 Big East) on the season after defeating the top-ranked Villanova Wildcats, 90-83, this past Wednesday. Xavier was able to withstand an early charge from Villanova and was outstanding on the offensive end in the second half to pick up the big victory. Xavier shot 50.0% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc. The Musketeers allowed the Wildcats to shoot 44.8% from the field and outrebounded Villanova by a 42-33 margin. Leading the way for Xavier was Edmond Sumner who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists. On the season, the Musketeers have been led by Trevon Bluiett (15.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 apg), Edmond Sumner (11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg), and Myles Davis (10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg). Offensively, Xavier is averaging 80.4 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field and 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Musketeers average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, Xavier is holding their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 40.7% shooting. The Musketeers have a rebound margin of 8.2 and a turnover margin of 1.27.
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The Seton Hall Pirates won their 3rd straight game and improved to 20-7 (10-5 Big East) on the season after defeating the Providence Friars, 70-52, this past Thursday. Seton Hall was able to jump out to a 30-23 halftime lead and used an early 12-1 run in the 2nd half to take control of the game and get the win. Seton Hall shot 45.6% from the field and outrebounded Providence by a 49-36 margin. The Pirates was outstanding defensively as they shot 28.4% from the field and 16.7% (4-24) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Seton Hall was Isaiah Whitehead who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Isaiah Whitehead (16.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Khadeen Carrington (13.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Angel Delgado (10.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 73.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field and 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates average 5.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.00. Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 39.8% shooting. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 3.9 and average 7.3 steals per game.
The Musketeers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Pirates are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Xavier finally was able to find a way to beat the Villanova Wildcats and at this point, if the Musketeers can perform well in the Big East Tournament, have possibility earned themselves a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Seton Hall has won 7 of their last 8 games and is in good position to earn their first tournament bid since 2006 and have been led by a strong defense that ranks 45th in the country in scoring defense and 30th in defensive FG%. Xavier is an impressive 8-2 on the road but have averaged about five points less on the road this season and as Seton Hall is a tough place to play, I think Isaiah Whitehead and the Pirates lock up their NCAA bid with an impressive victory at home in this one. Take Seton Hall to win.