Xavier vs Texas: Betting preview, predictions & Game info for Sweet 16 matchup
The Sweet 16 is here. March Madness has been nothing short of thrilling so far and Friday will see another clash of Titans. Xavier and Texas will lock ’horns’ in what could be one of the most explosive games of the NCAA tournament so far.
Xavier vs Texas Game Info
Who: Xavier vs Texas
Where: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City
When: Friday March 24th, 9.45PM EST
How to watch: TBS
Xavier vs Texas betting info
- Spread: Xavier +4 | Texas -4 (-115)
- Moneyline: Xavier +155| Texas -180
- Over/Under: 148 (-115)
Xavier vs Texas game preview
Xavier’s road to the Sweet 16 has been solid. A stumble against Kennesaw State was quickly rectified and saw four players score 10+ points in the 72-67 win. Their win over Pittsburgh was much more convincing, jumping to an early lead and never giving it up.
As for Texas, they’ve predictably been one of the most dominant teams so far. Jabari Rice has been a standout and even when the team completely lost its touch from range against Penn State, the Longhorns still won 71-66.
Xavier will be sniffing blood in the water though after Texas was made to look vulnerable by the Nittany Lions. They rank 5th in the entire nation in 3-point shooting and if Texas is anything even close to its dreadful shooting effort last time out, then the floodgates could soon open in a shootout contest. This explains why this game also has the highest points total of any in the Sweet 16. That leaves us with a logic-based pick that takes a coin-flip game out of the equation.
Xavier vs Texas prediction
Xavier likes to shoot the 3-ball and as aforementioned, this could become a shootout. What’s stopping that from happening is two defensively efficient teams. The ‘Over’ has cashed 22 times out of 35 in Xavier games this season and Vegas knows it’s going to be hammered here. Go contrarian and bet the under.
Betting pick: Total points Under 148
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