Seton Hall vs. Xavier Prediction

Big East Tournament Picks and Predictions 3/11/16 – Seton Hall vs. Xavier

Can No. 5 Xavier avenge a previous loss to Seton Hall tonight in the Big East Tournament, or will the Pirates have the Musketeers number again?

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Xavier is the favorite in this game, as the Musketeers are getting odds of -6 points against Seton Hall. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 153 points. These two meet in a Big East Tournament semifinal tonight from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Xavier is 27-4 on the season, 15-4 in Big East games, 4-0 on a neutral floor and 19-12 against the spread. Seton Hall is 23-8 overall, 13-6 in Big East contests, 3-1 on a neutral floor and 21-9 against the spread. The home team won both games this year between the two as Xavier had an 84-76 win on Jan. 23 while Seton Hall picked up a 90-81 win on Feb. 28. The Pirates covered in both games and have covered in five of their last six against Xavier.

Who does the public like in this game?

Seton Hall isn’t get a ton of respect on the national stage, but the Pirates are a better team than most realize. They have won six of their last seven, covering the spread in four of their last five. They are also a team that has played Xavier very well in recent years despite being made an underdog nearly every time they meet. Seton Hall is an underdog again tonight and that will just be more fuel for their fire. Xavier isn’t a great defensive team, and Seton Hall has the scoring to match the Musketeers. Expect this to be a very close and entertaining game.

ACC TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: SETON HALL +6

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