Marquette vs Xavier Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/11/23
Xavier Musketeers (25-8) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (27-6)
March 11, 2023 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -1.5 / Xavier Musketeers +1.5; Over/Under: +156.5
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The Xavier Musketeers and Marquette Golden Eagles meet Saturday in the college basketball Big East Tournament Final at Madison Square Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 82.1 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 74.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Souley Boum is averaging 16.8 points and 4.3 rebounds, while Colby Jones is averaging 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Zach Freemantle is the third double-digit scorer and Jack Nunge is dishing 2.1 assists. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are averaging 81 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Kam Jones is averaging 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds, while Tyler Kolek is averaging 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Olivier-Maxence Prosper is the third double-digit scorer and Oso Ighodaro is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Marquette Golden Eagles are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Marquette Golden Eagles are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.3 rebounds per game.
The Musketeers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Golden Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The over is 4-1 in Musketeers last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Golden Eagles last 7 overall.
There’s not much separation between these teams and as I mentioned yesterday when they were underdogs against Creighton, the Xavier Musketeers are a tough out. Xavier gets after it at both ends and actually wins in the underdog role by an average of 1.7 points. I’m grabbing the points with Xavier whenever I can.