Xavier Musketeers vs. Maryland Terrapins, NCAA March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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21-13 March 16, 6:50 PM | Amway Center 24-8
Xavier vs Maryland, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 6:50 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
TV: 6:50 p.m. ET, TNT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March 16th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Amway Center – Orlando, FL

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
727 –Xavier Musketeers +2 -110 +110 Ov 142½ -110
728 –Maryland Terrapins -2 -110 -130 Un 142½ -110

The fans at Amway Center will be treated to a game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Maryland Terrapins when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT XAVIER (21-13): Sumner was the Musketeers’ No. 2 scorer and a terrific complement to star guard Trevon Bluiett (18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds). Fellow guard J.P. Macura (14.3 points) has had no trouble taking up the scoring slack, but Xavier misses Sumner’s ball-handling skills with freshman Quentin Goodin (4.8 points, 3.2 assists) taking over the point guard role. Xavier’s undoing might be its lack of a dominant post player, as 6-9 forward RaShid Gaston (8.1 points, 6.4 rebounds) is the team’s top big man.

ABOUT MARYLAND (24-8): The Terps have a bona fide star in guard Melo Trimble (17 points, 3.7 assists), but the key to their success in the tournament might be what they get from the supporting cast. Guard Anthony Cowan (10.5 points, 3.7 assists) and forward Justin Jackson (10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds) also average double digits but have been inconsistent producers in their freshman campaigns, and fellow freshman Kevin Huerter (nine points) is a streaky 3-point shooter who can change a game when hot. Although he wasn’t a major producer, the Terps miss the post presence of 7-1 center Michal Cekovsky (7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds), who was lost to a broken ankle three weeks ago.

Oddsmakers currently have the Terrapins listed as 2-point favorites versus the Musketeers, while the game’s total is sitting at 142½.

Two teams given a reprieve after late-season slides will square off when sixth-seeded Maryland faces No. 11 seed Xavier in the West Region on Thursday in Orlando, Fla. It’s the third time the historically strong programs have met with Maryland winning both previous contests, including a victory in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

Both teams were sweating the selection process a bit Sunday after key injuries led to their struggles down the stretch. The Terrapins dropped five of their last nine regular-season games and bowed out in their first game in the Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern. The Musketeers lost six straight from Feb. 11-March 1 following the loss of point guard Edmond Sumner (15 points, five assists per game) to a torn ACL, but they won three in a row before a 75-72 loss to Creighton knocked them out of the Big East tournament. Despite the late swoon, Xavier is in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year and the 11th time in the past 12 seasons.

Maryland lost its last outing, a 72-64 result against Wildcats on March 10. They failed to cover in that game as a -1.5-point favorite.

Xavier was a 75-72 loser in its last match on the road against Bluejays. They covered the +4-point spread as underdogs.

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Team record: 21-13 SU,15-18 ATS
Xavier is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games
Xavier is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games

Team record: 24-8 SU,17-13-1 ATS
Maryland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Maryland is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
Maryland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games


1. Maryland has won at least one game in 12 straight NCAA Tournament appearances dating to 1998.

2. Xavier has won eight straight neutral-site games in Florida, including six in a row in Orlando.

3. The Terrapins have won 10 games this season by six points or less, including three one-point victories.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Maryland Terrapins will cover the spread at -2 and the game will go over 142½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Maryland 75, Xavier 72 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

No trends to report
Maryland is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
Maryland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Maryland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Xavier’s Overall Scoring vs Maryland’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Xavier’s Away Scoring vs Maryland’s Home Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Xavier’s Road Rebounds vs Maryland’s Home Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 0.0 0
Maryland’s Overall Scoring vs Xavier’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Maryland’s Home Scoring vs Xavier’s Road Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Maryland’s Home Rebounds vs Xavier’s Road Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 0.0 0


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