Texas vs. Xavier - 3/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier vs. Texas
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas -6 -- Over/Under: 140
The Xavier Musketeers and Texas Longhorns meet Sunday in the second round of the college basketball NIT Tournament at the Frank Erwin Center.
The Xavier Musketeers look for another victory after running away from Toledo in the first round. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 72.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 70.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Naji Marshall is averaging 14.5 points and 3.4 assists while Paul Scruggs is averaging 12.5 points and five rebounds. Quentin Goodin is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Hankins is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have split their last six road games.
The Texas Longhorns look for another win after beating South Dakota State by six points in the first round. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 71 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Kerwin Roach II is averaging 14.6 points and three assists while Dylan Osetkowski is averaging 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. Jaxson Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Coleman III is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Longhorns are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns have won six of their last eight home games.
The Musketeers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Longhorns are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Longhorns last 4 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Musketeers last 5 road games.
The Texas Longhorns are just 4-10 ATS this season when favored by five or more points. The Xavier Musketeers have been questionable on the road this season where they lose by an average of 5.2 points and the defensive effort drops off compared to their season numbers. The Texas Longhorns win at home by an average of 7.5 points and actually shoot a respectable 44.9 percent from the field. I would love to get this number a little lower if possible, but Texas has been impressive at home as of late and is led by two seniors who don't want their careers to end in front of their home fans. Xavier has also been blown out quite a bit on the road this season. I'll lay the chalk with the Longhorns.