Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Thursday, March 31, 2022
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Where to Watch: ESPN
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Xavier +4.5, Texas A&M -4.5; Over/Under: 138 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Xavier +4.5, Texas A&M -4.5; Over/Under: 138 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Xavier +4.5, Texas A&M -4.5; Over/Under: 138 points
Xavier Musketeers: 22-13 (7th place, Big East)
Texas A&M Aggies: 27-12 (5th place, SEC)
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Xavier Musketeers vs Texas A&M Aggies Preview and Analysis
Xavier Musketeers: 4-1 last 5
Texas A&M Aggies: 4-1 last 5
Xavier Musketeers Analysis
Xavier is coming into this game with a 22-13 record overall and they are 2-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 5 of their last 6 games and are coming into this one on a 4 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Butler Bulldogs while their 4 wins since then have come against the Cleveland State Vikings, the Florida Gators, the Vanderbilt Commodores, and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in their last game. Jack Nunge, Adam Kunkel, and Zach Freemantle off the bench all led the team in points in that game with 18 each while Colby Jones was next on the team with 16 points. Nate Johnson led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Nunge and Jones both led the team in rebounds with 8 each. They were 53.1% from the field, 34.8% from 3-point range, and 66.7% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 74.1 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 PPG against them. Xavier has an ATS record of 16-19 this season and their O/U record is 17-17-1.
Texas A&M Aggies Analysis
Texas A&M is coming into this game with a 27-12 record overall and they are 6-3 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 11 of their last 12 games and are coming into this one on a 4 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Tennessee Volunteers while their 4 wins since then have come against the Alcorn State Braves, the Oregon Ducks, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and the Washington State Cougars in their last game. Quenton Jackson led the team in points in that game with 18 while Henry Coleman III was next on the team with 16 points. Jackson led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Tyrece Radford led the team in rebounds with 7. They were 48.5% from the field, 14.3% from 3-point range, and 46.2% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 72.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 65.9 PPG against them. Texas A&M has an ATS record of 23-15 this season and their O/U record is 22-16.
Xavier vs Texas A&M Prediction
Texas A&M is coming into this game as a 4.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Texas A&M has been playing very well in their recent games winning 11 of their last 12 and they have won 4 straight games coming into this one. They finished their season playing in the best form they have been in all season and they have continued that in this NIT tourney with wins by double digits in all of their games. They did get to play a lot of those games at home but they have proven themselves on the neutral court this season with their performance in the SEC tourney a few weeks ago, falling short to Tennessee in the finals but knocking out Arkansas and Auburn along the way. They are going up against a Xavier team that has also won 4 straight games coming into this one and they have also been playing most of their games at home but have been playing in much closer games, winning by just a few points. Texas A&M has been the much better team recently and they are on a tear right now that will not be stopped until they come home with a postseason title after being snubbed from the NCAA tourney. Texas A&M will win the title here and cover the spread in this game.
Xavier Texas A&M Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Thursday, March 31, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Texas A&M 82 Xavier 70.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Xavier Musketeers: 7-12 ATS after scoring 80 points or more. 7-14 ATS after 2 straight games committing 11 or less turnovers. 12-7 OVER when the total is 130 to 139.5.
Texas A&M Aggies: 22-14 ATS in all games. 21-9 ATS after allowing 65 points or less 5 straight games. 22-15 OVER in all games.
Xavier Musketeers: P. Scruggs (G) Out indefinitely - Knee injury.
Texas A&M Aggies: M. Williams (G) Out indefinitely - Personal. J. Johnson (F) out for season - Knee injury.
“We’re playing for one another. I feel like we executed really well.” - Colby Jones after their win against St Bonaventure in the last round.
“We’re locked in. We’re in a great groove right now as a team. The coaching staff has done a great job with the scouting reports and all of that, working overtime. We are overly prepared for whatever is to come next as players. We just have to go out there and play with confidence and stick to the script, and we’ll be alright.” - Quenton Jackson after their win against Washington State in the last round.
Texas A&M Aggies
PPG: J. Nunge (13.1)
APG: P. Scruggs (4)
Reb/G: C. Jones (7.6)
Texas A&M Aggies
PPG: Q. Jackson (14.5)
APG: M. Williams (3.4)
Reb/G: H. Coleman III (6.2)
Xavier Musketeers: Jonas Hayes (Interim)
Texas A&M Aggies: Buzz Williams (3rd season)