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Xavier vs Texas Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Battle of 2-3 Seeds Most Promising Friday Matchup?

Following a wild weekend of March Madness, there are few chalk matchups in the Sweet 16. The Midwest Region features No. 2 Texas (28-8) against No. 3 Xavier (27-9), which is one of two No. 2 against No. 3 seed games – No. 2 UCLA against No. 3 Gonzaga is the other matchup.

Friday’s Sweet 16 matchups could be underwhelming as NCAA basketball odds have three teams favored by at least seven points. Texas vs Xavier stands out as the most promising battle with the sportsbook favoring the Longhorns by four points.

Xavier vs Texas Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Xavier vs Texas Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

The Musketeers come off an 84-point showing and Texas is red-hot on a six-game winning streak while going 5-0-1 against the spread (ATS). Check out everything to know for the two-three seed clash.

Texas: Breakout Frontcourt Star

The Texas Longhorns are in their first Sweet 16 since 2008. There should be no doubt about who will be Texas’ next full-time coach. It should be Rodney Terry – point-blank period. College basketball lines list the Longhorns as the fourth choice to win the NCAA Tournament (+850).

In the second round, Texas defeated No. 10 Penn State 71-66. The perimeter defense shined, holding one of the nation’s best shooting teams to 8 of 28 on 3-pointers. The Longhorns need a repeat performance against Xavier, which ranks third in 3-point percentage. The Musketeers are seventh in Kenpom’s offensive efficiency and rank sixth at 81.2 points per game. Texas’ stingy defense, which ranks 10th in efficiency, against Xavier’s potent offense will be must-see TV.

Longhorns forward Dylan Disu has been a breakout star over the last two weeks. He is averaging 17.8 points and nine rebounds over the last five, compared to his season average of 9.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Disu erupted for a career-high 28 points against Penn State.

With a dominant frontcourt presence, the Longhorns are a great online gambling pick to win it all.

Xavier Needs More From Top Scorer

After barely escaping the first round against No. 14 Kennesaw State, the Musketeers showed out against No. 11 Pittsburgh. Xavier shot 47.6% from the field in a comfortable 84-73 win. The Musketeers are seeking their first Final Four appearance. College basketball odds have them as the third choice to win the Midwest Region (+650).

Xavier will likely lean on its frontcourt against Texas. The Longhorns feature a small lineup with 6-foot-6 forward Timmy Allen and 6-foot-9 forward Disu. Jack Nunge (14.1 points) will have a big size advantage with his 7-foot frame. Plus, he comes off 18 points against an undersized Pittsburgh team. In addition, forward Jerome Hunter (7.9 points) has excelled in the tournament at 19 points per game. The Musketeers also rank 27th in rebounds per game, compared to Texas at 178th.

Guard Souley Boum (16.5 points) must step up against the Longhorns’ formidable backcourt. Boum struggled in the first two rounds, shooting 30.8% and going 1 of 12 on 3-pointers. This is Xavier’s top scorer, especially in the clutch. The Musketeers need Bourn to show up under the bright lights.

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Xavier vs Texas Head-to-Head

Xavier is 2-3 against Texas. The most recent meeting was in the 2019 NIT, which the Longhorns won in overtime 78-76. However, the Musketeers covered the spread.

Xavier vs Texas Game Information

  • Game: No. 2 Texas (28-8) vs. No. 3 Xavier (27-9)
  • Location: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
  • Day/Time: Friday, March 24, 9:45 p.m. ET
  • Texas vs Xavier Live Stream: TBS.com

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Xavier vs Texas Picks and Prediction

Texas forward Dillon Mitchell could be key in this matchup. The 2022 five-star recruit has not played in a game for 20 minutes since Feb. 6. However, the Longhorns need Mitchell’s defense against Xavier. His lengthy 6-foot-8 frame can help slow the Musketeers’ Nunge.

In addition, the Longhorns’ Allen comes off an exceptional defensive performance. He will likely give Xavier’s Hunter problems. Defense is the difference in this one. Texas is 10th in defensive efficiency while the Musketeers are 64th. The Longhorns also have superior guard play with Marcus Carr (15.8 points), Sir’Jabari Rice (12.9 points) and Tyrese Hunter (10.1 points). Texas will cover NCAA lines’ four-point spread, making it seven covers over the last eight.

Texas is listed at -190 in our Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Longhorns, you have a chance to win $53. Xavier is +163, offering a chance to win $XXX on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Texas a 65.52% chance to win, with the Musketeers at 38.02%.

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