Xavier vs Maryland 3/16/2017 Free NCAA Tournament Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 3/13/2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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The 11 seed Xavier Musketeers travel to Amway Center to play the 6 seed Maryland Terrapins on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in the NCAA Tournament. The opening line for this game has Maryland as 1.5 point favorites.
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The Musketeers come into this game with an overall record of 19-12. They are 15-18 against the spread and their over/under record is 15-15. The Terrapins have an overall record of 24-7. They have an over/under record of 13-16 and they are 18-13 against the spread.
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Trevon Bluiett comes into this contest averaging 18.1 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Musketeers. He pulls down 5.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 75%. J.P. Macura averages 14.5 points per game in 33.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 4.4 rebounds per game for Xavier. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Melo Trimble averages 17.0 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per contest this year for the Terrapins. He grabs 3.7 rebounds per game and has 3.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 80%. Anthony Cowan averages 10.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.9 rebounds per contest and 3.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 77%.
Xavier averages 74.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 144th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 3.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 123rd. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 230th in the country. They average 37.6 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game which ranks them 86th and 83rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 207th with 12.8 per game. The Musketeers allow 71.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 154th in the nation. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 252nd and 120th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 31.0 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 14.1 assists per contest which puts them in 254th place in the country. They force 12.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 95th in Division 1.
Maryland averages 74.2 points per game this year which ranks them 158th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 6.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 138th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 117th in the nation. They average 35.9 rebounds per game and 14.3 assists per contest which ranks them 171st and 114th respectively. In the turnover department the Terrapins rank 188th with 13.0 per game. The Terrapins allow 67.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 67th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 47th and 105th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 35.2 rebounds a game which ranks 181st and they give up 11.1 assists per contest which puts them in 34th place in the nation. The Terrapins force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 126th in college basketball.
The Musketeers are 86th in the nation in offensive rating at 108.7. They assist on 57.5% of their shots, which ranks 62nd in the country. In terms of pace they average 68.4 possessions per 40 minutes, which places them 245th among D-1 teams. They are 139th in effective field goal percentage with 52%. As a team they are 137th in the country in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Xavier turns the ball over an average of 16 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage of 54.8% places them 18th in Division 1 while their offensive rebound percentage is 35.1%.
The Terrapins are 92nd in the nation in offensive rating at 108.4. They assist on 57% of their shots, which ranks 74th in the country. In terms of pace they average 68.1 possessions per 40 minutes, which places them 255th among D-1 teams. They are 102nd in effective field goal percentage with 53%. As a team they are 93rd in the country in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 41% of their shots. Maryland turns the ball over an average of 16.5 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage of 50.5% places them 167th in Division 1 while their offensive rebound percentage is 31.4%.
Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
The Xavier Musketeers are 15-18 against the spread
The Xavier Musketeers are 15-15 against the over/under
Maryland Terrapins Betting Trends
The Maryland Terrapins are 18-13 against the spread
The Maryland Terrapins are 13-16 against the over/under
Xavier Musketeers Injuries
01/30/17 G Edmond Sumner Knee out for season
01/22/17 G Myles Davis Personal has left the team
Maryland Terrapins Injuries
02/20/17 F Michal Cekovsky Ankle out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Maryland -1.5
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