Xavier Musketeers vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs, Las Vegas Odds, Elite 8 Sports Betting Lines, Picks and Prediction

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XAVIER MUSKETEERS GONZAGA BULLDOGS
24-13 March 25, 6:09 PM | SAP Center 35-1
Xavier vs Gonzaga, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 6:09 PM ET, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California
TV: 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 25th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – WEST REGIONAL FINALS – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
513 –Xavier Musketeers +8 -110 +330 Ov 145 -110
514 –Gonzaga Bulldogs -8 -110 -400 Un 145 -110
 

The fans at SAP Center will be treated to a game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Gonzaga Bulldogs when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT XAVIER (24-13): The Musketeers are led by red-hot junior guard Trevon Bluiett, who scored 25 points against Arizona and is averaging 25 in the NCAA tourney to raise his season-mark to 18.3 with 88 3-pointers. Bernard (6.5 average) scored a career-high 15 against the Wildcats and junior power forward Sean O’Mara (6.3) scored the tiebreaking inside basket with 44.1 seconds to play. Junior guard J.P. Macura contributes 13.9 points to go with 60 3-pointers for a team that made its impressive postseason dash despite losing star sophomore point guard Edmond Sumner (averages of 15 points and five assists) to a season-ending knee injury in late January.

ABOUT GONZAGA (35-1): Shooting guard Jordan Mathews, who averages 10.7 points, drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 57.3 seconds remaining in a victory over West Virginia that also featured the Bulldogs limiting the Mountaineers to 26.7 percent shooting from the field. Junior point guard Nigel Williams-Goss leads Gonzaga in scoring (16.5) and assists (4.7) but is a meager 12-of-42 shooting in three NCAA Tournament games. The Bulldogs outrebound opponents by 7.4 per game and rely on the sturdy interior trio of senior center Przemek Karnowski (12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds), junior power forward Johnathan Williams (10.1 points, team-best 6.6 boards) and freshman reserve 7-footer Zach Collins (10-point average, 5.7 rebounds).

Oddsmakers currently have the Bulldogs listed as 8-point favorites versus the Musketeers, while the game’s total is sitting at 145.

Top-seeded Gonzaga and 11th-seeded Xavier try to reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four for the first time in school history when they meet in Saturday’s West Region final at San Jose, Calif. Each school is also part of the Elite Eight for only the third time while the Musketeers strive to become only the fourth 11th seed to reach a Final Four.

Xavier closed the game with a 9-0 run to post a 73-71 upset victory over second-seeded Arizona on Thursday and senior guard Malcolm Bernard said he feels his team is ready to join LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011) as 11 seeds to crash the Final Four. “We worked so hard, not only in the offseason but throughout the year battling adversity,” Bernard said in the postgame press conference. “and I just didn’t think it was time for our season to end.” There is certainly more pressure on the Bulldogs as the school’s inability to reach a Final Four was frequently brought up during their best campaign. “First of all, I don’t know that I have a monkey on my back,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after a 61-58 victory over fourth-seeded West Virginia. “I certainly don’t wake up with one or walk around with one. So I don’t think these guys think I have one. … It would be phenomenal to get these guys, this team that I love deeply, the experience to go to a Final Four.”

Gonzaga won its last outing, a 61-58 result against Mountaineers on March 23. They earned a push in that game as a -3-point favorite.

Xavier won its last outing, a 73-71 result against Wildcats on March 23. They covered in that game as a +7.5-point underdog.

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Xavier:
Team record: 24-13 SU,18-18 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Xavier’s last 7 games

Gonzaga:
Team record: 35-1 SU,23-10-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Gonzaga is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Gonzaga’s last 8 games

NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. Gonzaga owns a 3-1 series lead, including victories during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns.

2. O’Mara, who averages 13.7 minutes, is averaging 12.7 points on 11-of-13 shooting in three NCAA Tournament games.

3. Mathews is averaging 14.3 points with nine 3-pointers during the tournament and leads the Bulldogs with 77 3-pointers.

Vegas Coverage picks and prediction:
Picks: Gonzaga Bulldogs will cover the spread at -8.5 and the game will go over 145 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Gonzaga 78, Xavier 74 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
XAVIR TEAM GONZG
75.1 PTS FOR 83.3
71.0 PTS AGNST 61.0
4.0 DIFF. 22.3
25.3 DEF REBOUNDS 30.9
11.8 OFF REBOUNDS 9.6
46.0 FG% 51.0
69.1 FT% 72.4
7.2 3 POINTERS 7.1
6.1 STEALS 7.0
BETTING TRENDS
XAVIER
No trends to report
GONZAGA
Gonzaga is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Gonzaga’s last 8 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Xavier’s Overall Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Overall Defense 75.1 127 61.0 6
Xavier’s Away Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Home Defense 72.3 120 59.8 15
Xavier’s Road Rebounds vs Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.2 63 34.4 165
Gonzaga’s Overall Scoring vs Xavier’s Overall Defense 83.3 15 71.0 141
Gonzaga’s Home Scoring vs Xavier’s Road Defense 82.4 58 73.4 133
Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds vs Xavier’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.3 29 32.8 39
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
XAVIER
No trends to report
GONZAGA
Gonzaga has the second best field goal percentage at 51.0.
Gonzaga allows the third least field goal percentage against in the league at 36.5.

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