The sixth-seeded Xavier Musketeers continue to be must bet team this March Madness, after covering both NCAA tournament betting spreads last week. Those two covers pushed Xavier to 20-3-1 against the spread over its last 24 NCAA tournament games.
Today the Musketeers will shoot for the straight-out upset victory over the powerhouse second-seeded Arizona Wildcats in a West Region tilt from the Staples Center in LA.
A Closer Look At The Xavier Musketeers Vs Arizona Wildcats Sweet 16 Betting Odds, Final Score Prediction & How To Watch
Matchup: (6) Xavier Musketeers vs (2) Arizona Wildcats
Date: Mar. 26, 2015
Start Time: 10:17 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles, California
Stadium: Staples Center
TV Info: TBS
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Xavier Vs Arizona
Point Spread: Wildcats -13.5
Game Total: 136.5
Xavier Will Cover the 13.5-point Spread If
The Musketeers can keep up their defensive pressure.
Xavier has been impressive in their two NCAA Tournament wins so far. The Musketeers beat Ole Miss at the Rebels’ own game. Ole Miss loves to run and gun. They got out run and out gunned versus Xavier in the first round in the Musketeers 76 to 57 win. Xavier held Ole Miss to 32.9% shooting from the field and 22.2% shooting from behind the arc.
In their 75 to 67 second round victory over Georgia State, Xavier allowed the Panthers to shoot 56.5% from the field and 42.9% from the three point line. Xavier won the game, but they won by shooting 67.6% from the field and 53.8% from the three-point line. Arizona’s defense is too good to allow the Musketeers to shoot that well from the field. Xavier is going to need to play much tougher defense on Arizona than they did against Georgia State if they hope to cover the spread.
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) March 26, 2015
Xavier’s Sweet 16 Projected Starting Lineup
- G Remy Abell, 6-4, Jr., 8.6 ppg, 2 rpg
- G Dee Davis, 6-0, Sr., 8.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 6.1 apg
- F Trevon Bluiett, 6-6, Fr., 11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg
- F James Farr, 6-9, Jr.,4.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
- C Matt Stainbrook, 6-10, Sr., 12 ppg, 6.8 rpg
- Coach: Chris Mack (sixth season)
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— Xavier Basketball (@XavierMBB) March 26, 2015
Arizona Will Cover the 13.5-point Spread If
Arizona plays team defense.
Arizona shot only 36.5% from the field and 36.8% from the three point line versus Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ held ‘Zona to the shooting percentages that they needed to in order to win the game. Not only did Ohio State not upset Arizona straight-up, but they failed to cover the spread as a big +10 points underdog.
Arizona beat Ohio State 73 to 58, by 15 points, even though they played one of their worst offensive games in a long time. It all came down to defense for the Wildcats. Arizona held Ohio State’s best player likely NBA Lottery Pick D’Angelo Russell to 9 points in a 3 out of 19 from the field and 1 out of 9 performance from the 3 point line. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell were on Russell all night.
Xavier has more balanced scoring than what Ohio State had. Arizona isn’t going to be able to put Hollis-Jefferson and McConnell on someone like Russell and call it a day. For the Wildcats to cover the spread, they’re going to have to play team defense and help out on Xavier’s shooters, in particular guard Dee Davis, and the Musketeers terrific inside game.
Arizona’s Sweet 16 Projected Starting lineup
- G T.J. McConnell, 6-1, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 6.3 apg
- F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 6-7, So., 11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg
- F Brandon Ashley, 6-9, Jr., 11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
- F Stanley Johnson, 6-7, Fr., 13.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg
- C Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, Jr., 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg
- Coach: Sean Miller (sixth season)