Maryland Vs Xavier Odds, Pick & Betting PreviewNoah Williams
The sixth-seeded Maryland Terrapins and No. 11 seed Xavier Musketeers were both quite fortunate to get in the 2017 NCAA tournament after sweating out Selection Sunday. Now, with both ballclubs looking to reach the next round, let’s find out which longshot NCAA championship hopeful is offering the best value in their opening round West Region showdown on Thursday.
How To Bet The Maryland Terrapins Vs Xavier Musketeers Odds & TV Info
The Musketeers and Terrapins will square off on Thursday, March 16 at 6:50 PM ET, live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida while airing live on TNT.
No. 6 Maryland (24-8) vs. No. 11 Xavier (21-13)
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:50 PM ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Odds: Xavier -2
Why Bet The Maryland Terrapins Odds at +2
The Terrapins (15-12-3 ATS) have lost four of six and six of their last 10 games overall and comes into their NCA tourney opener off a humbling 72-64 loss against Northwestern in the Big Ten conference tournament on Friday.
Maryland averages 74.2 points per game (158th) on 45.1 percent shooting (137th) but ranks a fantastic 67th in points allowed (67.8 ppg) while limiting the opposition to just 41.3 percent shooting (51st).
The Terps do have a legitimate star in guard Melo Trimble (17 points, 3.7 assists), but no other players on Maryland’s roster averages at least 11.0 points per game.
Why Bet The Xavier Musketeers Odds at -2
The Musketeers (15-18 ATS) had their modest three-game winning streak snapped in their 75-72 Big East Tournament loss to Creighton on Friday. Xavier has lost seven of their final 10 games coming into this matchup.
The Musketeers average 74.6 points per game (144th) on 45.4 percent shooting from the field (119th) and 34.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (229th). The Musketeers get double-digit scoring from three players and have a future NBA performer in point guard Trevon Bluiett (18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds), the player that makes the Musketeers go.
Maryland Vs Xavier Pick & Final Score Prediction
I’ll get right to the point by saying that I don’t like Maryland’s lack of a consistent supporting cast and believe Xavier’s collection of supporting role players like J.P. Macura (14.5 points) and Edmund Sumner (14.3 ppg) will be the difference for the Musketeers in this contest.
Maryland is 1-5 ATS in their last six games, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against Big East ballclubs and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games.
Conversely, Xavier has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and a blistering 21-5-1 ATS in their last 27 NCAA Tournament games.
57 percent of the betting public likes Maryland to get the win and ATS cover, but I don’t, especially since I know the Musketeers were pretty damned good before a rash of injuries nearly derailed their March Madness championship hopes.
My final score prediction is Xavier 77 Maryland 72