Xavier Looks to Turn Another March Madness Betting UpsetPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The second weekend of the March Madness betting tournament is drawing closer, which means that sportsbook players will soon have to make their predictions for the Sweet Sixteen’s round of action. If this round proves to be as unpredictable as the last, bettors are going to end up pulling most of their hair out of their head.
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The Sweet Sixteen round of college basketball betting action will feature some extremely intriguing matchups, from Purdue facing off against Kansas on Thursday, to Butler and North Carolina locking horns on Friday. But even amongst these notable pairings, one contest that stands out is the matchup between Xavier and Arizona.
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Xavier and Arizona couldn’t be more different. The AP Poll ranks Arizona as the 4th best program in the country, whereas Xavier is currently unranked. Arizona has faced meager competition so far in the tournament, and has had little difficulty making it this far. Xavier has faced some of the fiercest competition in the country, including the tournament’s 6th and 3rd seed, Maryland and Florida State. Against top ranked opponents, Xavier has delivered a March Madness betting upset each time. Can they do the same against Arizona?
Xavier vs. Arizona – Thursday, March 23
When: 10:09 pm ET
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California
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Xavier Musketeers +7 ½ (-110) 145 (-110) +285
Arizona Wildcats -7 ½ (-110) 145 (-110) -345
After being eliminated in the second round of last year’s tournament, the Musketeers are ecstatic to have a chance to advance past the Sweet Sixteen. Xavier comes into this matchup sporting a 23-13 record that gave way to a 7th place finish in the Big East. In the Big East Tournament, the Musketeers were able to advance to the Semifinals where they lost to Creighton.
To help lead them to an upset over Arizona, Xavier will turn to leading point-scorer Trevon Bluiett. Bluiett is currently averaging 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per outing. Second in points for the Musketeers is Edmond Sumner who is draining 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per contest.
The Wildcats got snubbed in the First Round of last year’s tournament by Wichita State and Arizona is looking to avenge that embarrassing result. Arizona slides into this matchup flashing a 32-4 record that gave way to a 1st place finish in the Pac-12. In the Pac-12 tournament, the Wildcats were able to advance to the championship match, where they overcame No. 5 Oregon 83-80.
The Wildcats will turn to Allonzo Trier to lead them against Xavier. Trier is currently leading the program in points with his average of 17.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per matchup. Second in points for Arizona is Lauri Markkanen who is putting up 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per contest.