Xavier vs. Maryland Prediction
Will Xavier pull off the upset today when it takes on Maryland in the opening round of the tournament at 6:50PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Terps are 2-point favorites versus the Musketeers after opening as a 2.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 143.5 and has been bet down a full point to 142.5.
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Xavier dropped seven of its last 10 games to finish the season with a 21-13 record on the year. The Musketeers also weren't great at the betting window down the stretch or on the year, as they finished 4-6 against the spread over their last 10 games and 15-18 ATS on the season.
Maryland dropped six of its last 10 games to finish 24-8 on the season. The Terps are also 3-6-1 against the spread down the stretch but were 15-12 in all lined games this season so they haven't been bad at the betting window all year.
OUR PREDICTION: Despite struggling at the betting window over their last 10 games, the Musketeers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall. They're also 10-2-1 against the number in their last 13 NCAA tournament games as an underdog of between 0.5 and 6.5 points and are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games versus the Big Ten. On top of that, they're 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 NCAA tournament games as an underdog.
MARCH MADNESS PREDICTION: XAVIER MUSKETEERS +2