Lehigh odds: longshot vs Xavier
Fresh off its shocking upset of Duke15th-seeded Lehigh goes for another Sunday when it takes on Xavier in a South Regional third-round game in Greensboro.
The Mountain Hawks, champions of the Patriot League, pulled off the unexpected Friday, outlasting the second-seeded Dukies 75-70. The Musketeers, meanwhile, advanced by beating Notre Dame 67-63.
Expect the Musketeers, who are now 16-2-1 ATS in their past 19 tournament games - by far the most profitable to bet in March Madness over the past decade - to open as faves here at TopBet.
Supporters of the Mountain Hawks have watched them go 27-7 and 8-1 ATS on the year, while the Musketeers are at 22-12 and 11-18-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Musketeers are 18-14, while the Mountain Hawks have a 5-3 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 94-rated Lehigh taking on the No. 45-rated Musketeers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 81-73 win for the Mountain Hawks on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Xavier's No. 106 nationally ranked offense (70.7 points per game) against a Mountain Hawks defense that sits as the No. 117 at 65.2 PPG. The Musketeers have been averaging 45.4% from the field, more than the Mountain Hawks have managed so far this season (44.8% on average).
Defensively, Lehigh features the nation's No. 153-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.9 points per game. Xavier, meanwhile, comes in at No. 174 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Lehigh, they were a 75-70 winner as they battled Duke on the road. They covered in the match as a 11-point underdog. Lehigh got 30 points from C.J. McCollum en route to a 75-70 victory over Duke on Friday at Greensboro Coliseum.
Last time out for Xavier, they were a 67-63 winner as they battled Notre Dame on the road. They covered in the match as a 2-point underdog. Xavier got 25 points from Tu Holloway en route to a 67-63 victory over Notre Dame on Friday at Greensboro Coliseum.