Check out our free Xavier vs Texas pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Kansas City. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Xavier vs Texas Pick & Preview: Friday, March 24th Betting Odds
Musketeers vs Longhorns Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Xavier Musketeers at Texas Longhorns
- Where: Kansas City at T-Mobile Center
- Date: Friday, March 24th
- Betting Odds: Xavier +4, XAV +162 | TX -197 O/U 149.0
Xavier will take the floor against the Longhorns with an overall record of 25-9. On the road, the Musketeers will be playing their 13th game of the season, having gone 7-6. So far, the Musketeers have been the underdog 11 times, going 5-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.
Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 16.53 points per game for the Musketeers. Boum is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Musketeers’ offensive game plan is the play of Colby Jones who has hit 51.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.24 points per game.
On offense, Xavier is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 34 games, they have only hit 32.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.68% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Texas will take the floor against the Musketeers with an overall record of 26-8. Currently, the Longhorns have been the home team 23 times, sitting with a record of 21-2. The Longhorns’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Texas has been favored to win in 29 games, sitting with a mark of 26-3.
Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marcus Carr who is averaging 15.91 points per game for the Longhorns. Carr is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Longhorns’ offensive game plan is the play of Sir’Jabari Rice who has hit 45.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.91 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 295th in college basketball at 68.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Longhorns’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.3%, placing them 354th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Xavier Musketeers +4
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Texas as the favorites with a line coming in at -4. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Xavier Musketeers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Texas at 6.41 made 3’s per game compared to Xavier at 6.81. Look for Xavier to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Longhorns.