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Xavier vs Baylor Sweet 16 Pick

If you had bet Xavier every tournament game since 2001, you'd be up a huge amount of cash.

And that trend continued last week as the Musketeers went 2-0 ATS, making their 10-year run in March Madness betting to 17-2-1 ATS!

So now the 10 seed in the South Regional faces Baylor, the No. 3 seed that used a perimeter game to make the Sweet 16. The Bears face an Xavier team that just 3-7-1 ATS past 11 games overall.

The best underdog line on Xavier was +6.5 at Bovada earlier Friday.

Supporters of the Musketeers have watched them go 23-12 and 12-18-3 ATS on the year, while the Bears are at 29-7 and 14-14-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Bears are 16-13, while the Musketeers have a 18-15 mark.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 12 (Bears) and the No. 45 (Musketeers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 79-73 result in favor of the Bears has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Musketeers rank No. 73 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.4 per game. That compares with Baylor’s No. 69 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Baylor is college basketball's No. 99-ranked team at 6.9 per game, while the Musketeers rate No. 294 with 4.9 per game.

Defensively, Xavier features the nation's No. 223-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.6 points per game. Baylor, meanwhile, comes in at No. 66 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 70-58 winner as they battled Lehigh at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. The Musketeers got a 25-point performance from Kenny Frease, who added 12 rebounds, as Xavier ran past Lehigh 70-58 on Sunday at Greensboro Coliseum.

Baylor won its last outing, an 80-63 result against Colorado on March 17. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite. The Buffaloes were burned for 27 points by Brady Heslip on Saturday as the Bears put another game in the win column, 80-63, at The Pit.

 

 

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