The No. 2 Arizona Wildcats will be gunning for a 14th straight SU win when they tip off against No. 6 Xavier on Thursday night at Staples Center.
The Wildcats recorded a third straight win by double-digits with their 73-58 win over No. 10 Ohio State in the Round of 32, but are just 2-2 ATS in their last four. They are favored by double digits here Thursday according to the latest line at [custom:bodog-link].
Arizona have now reached the Sweet Sixteen in their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, but are just 1-4 ATS in March Madness action since covering as 3.5-point underdogs in a 73-70 loss to the Buckeyes in the Sweet Sixteen two years ago.
The Musketeers, the best March Madness bet over the past decade and is an amazing 20-3-1 ATS in their past 24 tournament games, dominated No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 14 Georgia State, easily covering in each matchup as two-point and six-point favorites, respectively. Xavier is 6-3 SU and ATS against ranked squads this season.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Arizona Wildcats are 33-3 so far on the season, and 23-13 ATS vs the number. The Xavier Musketeers, meanwhile, are 23-13 and 18-17-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Arizona go 16-20 and the Xavier Musketeers go 16-19 on betting totals.
This game puts the Arizona Wildcats, most recently No. 1 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Xavier Musketeers, who rate No. 119 in the latest survey.
How Xavier Musketeers vs Arizona Wildcats Stats Matchup
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 16 nationally ranked offense (76.81 points per game) against a Xavier Musketeers defense that sits as the No. 153 at 67.33 PPG. The Arizona Wildcats have been averaging 48.86% from the field, more than the Musketeers have managed so far this season (47.65% on average).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Xavier earned a 75-67 victory over Georgia State on Saturday, getting 21 points from Jalen Reynolds at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Wildcats got 19 points from T.J. McConnell as Arizona ran past Ohio State 73-58 on Saturday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.
Sweet 16 Betting Trends:
2 seed 14-2 SU vs 6 seeds, but 6s are 5-2 ATS past seven
Xavier 20-3-1 ATS past 24 Madness games
Xavier 5-0 ATS in Sweet 16
Arizona is 9-1-1 favoring the OVER in Sweet 16 since 1996
Xavier 12-1 ATS as Madness underdog since 2003
Biggest spread facing Xavier since Feb. 2005
Arizona 11-3 ATS past 14 as double-digit favorite
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