At Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Friday, as part of the East Region, the 2nd seeded Xavier Musketeers will take on the 15th seeded Weber State. Xavier comes into the game as the runner up in the Big East Conference regular season and also as one of the favorites in the March Madness betting title poles. The Musketeers fell to Seton Hall in the Big East tournament. For Weber State, they were the winners out of the Big Sky Conference. They are 25-8 on the season, and coming off a 62-59 win over Montana. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Pittsburgh Panthers and Wisconsin Badgers game in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
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How To Bet on Xavier vs. Weber State March Madness Odds, TV & Game Info
What: Weber State Wildcats (26-8) at Xavier Musketeers (27-5)
When: Friday, March 18, 2016
Start Time: 9:20 PM ET
Where: St Louis, Missouri
Stadium: Scottrade Center
Spread: Xavier -13.5
Moneyline: Xavier -1408
Game Total: 147.5
Stream: TNT Sports
Radio: Weber State at Xavier
Why Bet on Weber State
The Weber State Wildcats have won 11 of their last 12 games. The last loss for the Wildcats came on the road at Idaho. Following that game, they have won four straight games. The Wildcats are led in scoring by guard Jeremy Senglin. He is scoring more than 18 points per game, and also leading the team with just under 3 assists per game. Weber State is scoring 76.7 points per game as a team, and allowing teams to score 66.9 per game. The Wildcats started their season with back to back losses to Utah State and South Dakota State.
Why Bet on Xavier
Chris Mack and his Xavier Musketeers have put together a great resume heading into the NCAA tournament. The Musketeers have just five losses; with their first one coming to the Wildcats of Villanova, another #2 seed in the tournament. The Musketeers are led in scoring by guard Trevon Bluiett, with 15.5 points per game. As a team, Xavier is scoring 81.3 points per game, which ranks 18th in the country. The Musketeers also rank in the Top 15 in rebounding, with 41 per game. Xavier’s last two wins came over Creighton and Marquette.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
It will be interesting to see how Chris Mack and his squad respond from all the positive press about being a national title contender. This is new stomping grounds for the Musketeers, who have always been known as more of an underdog, cinderella type team. The Musketeers can certainly score the basketball, but can they defend well enough to keep moving on in March? Fortunately, in this one, they can, but they may not remain the case real long. The bet for this game is Weber State +13 over Xavier, but the #2 seed Musketeers find a way to win the game.
Final score prediction: Xavier 78 and Weber State 72.