First Four Betting: Xavier vs NC State
With an 18-2-1 ATS record in their past 21 tournament games, Xavier will try to continue to pay out on the basketball odds on Tuesday night as they take on North Carolina State in a First Four betting matchup in Dayton at the NCAA Tournament.
March Madness bettors are cheering for Xavier to get into the dance as they have been money in the bank over the years. NC State is also riding 10-2 ATS streak in their past dozen games this season.
The winner gets the 12 seed in the Midwest and a date with Saint Louis. Xavier opened as 1-point chalk at BookMaker but the line was bet up to -2.5 by Monday afternoon.
NC State vs. Xavier Trends
OVER is 8-1 past nine NC State games
NC State ended year on 10-2 ATS streak
UNDER is 8-1 past nine tournament games since 2005
Xavier 8-3 ATS past 11 games as favorites
Xavier 18-2-1 ATS past 21 tournament games since 2003
This season, the Musketeers are 21-12 overall and 18-13 ATS, while the Wolfpack are 21-13 and 19-12 ATS. As for the totals, Xavier boasts a 15-16 on the OU, and North Carolina State is 18-13.
This game puts the Musketeers, most recently No. 180 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wolfpack, who rate No. 177 in the latest survey.
In their last action, North Carolina State was a 75-67 loser on the road against Duke. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. The Wolfpack endured a 75-67 loss at the hands of the Blue Devils on Saturday, despite a 21-point effort from T.J. Warren at Greensboro Coliseum.
Xavier lost its last outing, an 86-78 result against Creighton on March 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Musketeers got 23 points from Isaiah Philmore, but it was Creighton that prevailed in an 86-78 final on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Xavier's No. 108 nationally ranked offense (72.21 points per game) against a Wolfpack defense that sits as the No. 124 at 69.47 PPG. The Musketeers have been averaging 47.13% from the field, more than the Wolfpack have managed so far this season (45.87% on average).
A few Wolfpack at Musketeers trends to consider:
North Carolina State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of North Carolina State's last 9 games