Texas Southern vs. Xavier Pick
Can top-seeded Xavier live up to its seeding tonight at 7:20PM ET when it takes on No. 16 Texas Southern in the NCAA Tournament?
Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: TBS, 7:20PM ET
Who Oddsmakers Like: Xavier. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Musketeers are the clear favorite in this game, as Xavier is getting odds of -19 points against Texas Southern. The spread opened with Xavier as a 21.5-point favorite, and it has dipped from there. The over/under total sits at 160.5 points after it opened at 160 points.
Who Public Bettors Like: Xavier. As of Friday afternoon, the Musketeers are getting 54 percent of the wagers for this game as a heavy favorite vs. Texas Southern.
Injury Report: Both teams come in healthy, with neither team having anyone list on the injury report for this game.
Who We Like: Xavier is a top seed for a reason, but there is something about the Musketeers that leave us a bit concerned. They come into the tournament just 2-4 against the spread in their last six and haven’t covered a double-digit spread since Jan. 9. They face a Texas Southern team that has covered the spread in four straight and is coming off a pretty impressive 64-46 domination of North Carolina Central in the First Four. While we aren’t calling for Texas Southern to win this game, the Tigers seem like a team that can make this interesting. Texas Southern is 7-1 against the spread in its eight lined games this season and I will take my chances on them covering in this game as well.
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: TEXAS SOUTHERN +19