Xavier Musketeers vs. Arizona Wildcats, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Sweet 16 Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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XAVIER MUSKETEERS ARIZONA WILDCATS
23-13 March 23, 10:09 PM | SAP Center 32-4
Xavier vs Arizona, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 10:09 PM ET, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California
TV: 10:09 p.m. ET, TBS
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
817 –Xavier Musketeers +7½ -115 +270 Ov 145 -110
818 –Arizona Wildcats -7½ -105 -325 Un 145 -110
 

The Xavier Musketeers and the Arizona Wildcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at SAP Center.

ABOUT XAVIER (23-13): The Musketeers struggled initially after point guard Edmond Sumner tore an ACL on Jan. 30, but junior guard Trevon Bluiett sparked the team’s postseason surge by averaging 25 points on 51.7 percent shooting in the NCAA Tournament. Forwards Kaiser Gates, Tyrique Jones and Sean O’Mara combined for 38 points against Florida State as Xavier controlled the paint against the bigger Seminoles. Gates is averaging 12.5 points and shooting 7-of-11 from 3-point range in the NCAA Tournament for the Musketeers, who will be tested again by Arizona’s imposing front line.

ABOUT ARIZONA (32-4): Center Lauri Markkanen and guard Allonzo Trier combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds against Saint Mary’s as the Wildcats took control late by slowing down Gaels center Jock Landale and shooting 59.1 percent in the second half. Trier, who missed the season’s first 19 games due to a PED suspension, scored all 14 of his points against the Gaels in the final 17 minutes and has become a more assertive scorer in recent weeks. The Wildcats’ deep frontcourt includes 6-11 Chance Comanche and 7-foot Dusan Ristic, who averaged 12.5 points and four rebounds against North Dakota and Saint Mary’s.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Musketeers, while the game’s total is sitting at 145.

After knocking off two higher seeds in the first two rounds, Xavier aims for another upset in Thursday’s Sweet 16 as the 11th-seeded Musketeers face No. 2 Arizona in an NCAA Tournament West Region matchup in San Jose, Calif. Xavier is back in the regional semifinals for the second time in three years following victories over Maryland and Florida State, while red-hot Arizona won 11 of its last 12 games.

Former Xavier coach Sean Miller is in his eighth season at Arizona, which defeated Oregon to claim the Pac-12 tournament title and advanced to the Sweet 16 following victories over North Dakota and Saint Mary’s. Arizona freshman guard Rawle Alkins broke his right index finger in the first half of Saturday’s 69-60 victory over the Gaels but returned to action fewer than eight minutes later and helped the Wildcats recover from an early deficit. Alkins started all but one game this season and expects to be in the lineup Thursday against Xavier, which began March in the midst of a six-game losing streak but is shooting 50 percent in postseason play. “Our guys, despite all the adversity they’ve been hit with and the social media that tells them how bad they are and how poor they are, they stayed with it and believed in themselves and our coaching staff,” coach Chris Mack told reporters. “It’s a credit to them, and I’m just really proud of them.”

Last time out for Arizona, they were a 69-60 winner as they battled Gaels at home. They covered in the match as a -4.5-point favorite.

In their last action, Xavier was a 91-66 winner on the road against Seminoles. They covered the +7.5-point spread as underdogs.

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Xavier:
Team record: 23-13 SU,17-18 ATS
Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Xavier’s last 6 games

Arizona:
Team record: 32-4 SU,19-15-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Arizona is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games

NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. The winner meets No. 4 seed West Virginia or No. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.

2. Second-seeded Arizona defeated No. 6 seed Xavier 68-60 at the 2015 Sweet 16 in Los Angeles.

3. Trier is 37-of-44 from the foul line during five postseason games, including 30-of-33 in the second half.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Arizona Wildcats will cover the spread at -7½ and the game will go over 145 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Arizona 78, Xavier 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
XAVIR TEAM ARIZ
75.1 PTS FOR 76.7
71.0 PTS AGNST 65.8
4.1 DIFF. 11.0
25.5 DEF REBOUNDS 26.6
12.0 OFF REBOUNDS 10.2
45.8 FG% 47.8
69.1 FT% 76.3
7.2 3 POINTERS 6.6
6.1 STEALS 5.5
BETTING TRENDS
XAVIER
No trends to report
ARIZONA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Xavier’s Overall Scoring vs Arizona’s Overall Defense 75.1 125 65.8 40
Xavier’s Away Scoring vs Arizona’s Home Defense 72.2 120 65.9 87
Xavier’s Road Rebounds vs Arizona’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.7 49 30.0 18
Arizona’s Overall Scoring vs Xavier’s Overall Defense 76.7 99 71.0 141
Arizona’s Home Scoring vs Xavier’s Road Defense 78.0 126 73.5 136
Arizona’s Home Rebounds vs Xavier’s Road Rebounds Allowed 36.1 206 32.7 37

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