Xavier Vs Gonzaga Elite 8 Line & Betting AdviceJosh Bailey
11th-seeded Xavier continued their Cinderella run through the NCAA Tournament by upsetting 2nd-seeded Arizona 73 to 71 on Thursday, March 23. The Musketeers now take on top-seeded Gonzaga in the Elite Eight. The game takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Saturday, March 25.
With their win over Arizona, Xavier has now covered the spread in 6 straight games. The Musketeers are 6 and 1 straight up in their last 7 games. Gonzaga hasn’t lost since Feb. 25. The Zags have gone 1-3-1 against the spread in their last 5.
Xavier Musketeers Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Elite 8 Line & Betting Advice
What: No.11 Xavier Musketeers (24-13) vs No.1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (35-1)
When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Start Time: 6:09 PM ET
Where: San Jose, California
Stadium: SAP Center at San Jose
Spread: Gonzaga -8
Moneyline: Xavier +315 vs Gonzaga -380
Game Total: 145.5
Stream: Watch TBS
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Bet Xavier -8 Because…
The Musketeers are 6 and 0 ATS in their last 6 games. Xavier was down by 8 points with about 3:30 left in the game versus Arizona. Xavier beat Arizona by going on a 12 to 2 run in the final 3 minutes or so. There is no quit in Xavier. The team is doing well ever since going deep into the Big East Tournament.
Bet Gonzaga +8 Because…
Gonzaga might be as good as their 35-1 straight up record indicates. After a tough game against Northwestern, Gonzaga came back and beat a talented West Virginia team 61 to 58. The win was validation for the Zags, whom many had written off after the game versus Northwestern.
Xavier Vs Gonzaga Elite 8 Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Musketeers played fantastic down the stretch to take down favored Arizona in the Sweet 16. It’s hard to see them playing that well versus Gonzaga.
The Zags were impressive when beating one of the better teams from the Big 12 Conference. Gonzaga beat West Virginia at their own game, defense.
Gonzaga held the Mountaineers to 26.7% from the field and 21.7% from three. It’s going to be difficult for Xavier to get the same number of open looks versus Gonzaga that they did against Arizona.
Mark Few has never taken the Zags to the Final Four. I think he finally gets the Zags there this Saturday. I like Gonzaga to win a nail-biter.