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Arizona Simply Doesn’t Get Upset As Big Favorite

According to most, Arizona is on a collision course with Gonzaga in the Elite Eight. If the past is any indication, then maybe folks are right to believe that. The Wildcats, who opened as 8-point favorites for their Sweet 16 matchup against Xavier, are 30-0 SU in their past 30 games when closing as a 7-point or higher fave.

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  • Arizona is 6-0 SU and 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Xavier's last 6 games.
  • Xavier is 15-1 ATS in its past 16 games as an underdog in March Madness.

Arizona’s multitude of offensive weapons makes the Wildcats one of the most difficult matchups in the NCAAB tournament. You simply can’t guard Allonzo Trier, Lauri Markkanen, Rawle Alkins and Dusan Ristic. However, the Wildcats have started incredibly slowly during both their games in March Madness so far – they were down 10 points to Saint Mary’s and let North Dakota hang around way too long.

Xavier has gotten this far in the tournament for numerous reasons, but nobody has been more important than Trevon Bluiett. The junior has averaged 25 ppg and has shot 53.3 percent from deep while playing excellent defense during the tourney. The key will remain the play of freshman guard Quentin Goodin. Goodin, who stepped into the starting lineup following Edmond Sumner’s season-ending injury, has played well but has struggled when pressured.

Xavier Musketeers vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Arizona Wildcats are 32-4 overall and 19-15-2 ATS, while the Xavier Musketeers are 23-13 and 17-18 ATS. As for the betting totals, Arizona boasts a 17-18-1 on the OU, and Xavier is 17-18.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 22 (Arizona) and the No. 209 (Xavier) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Arizona's No. 84-ranked offense, averaging 76.72 PPG, against a Musketeers defense that ranks No. 107 at 71.03 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 47.83% so far, more than the Musketeers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.79% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Musketeers blew out Florida State on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 91-66 win at Amway Center.

Arizona earned a 69-60 victory over Saint Mary's-California on Saturday, getting 16 points from Lauri Markkanen at Vivint Smart Home Arena.