Xavier Musketeers vs Texas A&M Aggies Prediction, 3/31/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Xavier Musketeers vs Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Xavier (+4)
The Texas A&M Aggies (27-12) are hosting the Xavier Musketeers (22-13) at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Texas A&M opens as 4-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 137.5.
The Xavier Musketeers faced off with St. Bonaventure and walked away with a win by a score of 84-77 in their last game. Xavier ended the contest having earned a 53.1% field goal percentage (34 out of 64) and made 8 out of their 23 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Musketeers buried 8 of 12 tries for a rate of 66.7%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they earned 33 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 18 assists for this contest in addition to creating 8 turnovers and having 4 steals. When it comes to defense, Xavier allowed the other team to shoot 46.8% from the field on 29 of 62 shooting. St. Bonaventure distributed 18 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. Moreover, St. Bonaventure snagged 27 rebounds (9 offensive, 18 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. St. Bonaventure finished 76.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 10 of their 13 attempts. They made 9 out of their 22 attempts from 3-point land. In reference to personal fouls, the Musketeers ended up with 10 and St. Bonaventure recorded 14 personal fouls.
Jack Nunge is one guy who played a role for the matchup. He went 77.8% from the field and also dished out 3 dimes. He was on the court for 20 mins and also totaled 8 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting.
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Xavier comes into this game with a mark of 22-13 for the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 11.7 times per game and as a unit they commit 15.2 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Xavier is pulling down 37.3 boards per game and has 517 dimes this season, which ranks 34th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. The Musketeers are shooting 32.1% on three-point attempts (235 of 733) and 70.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 74.1 pts per game (93rd in Division 1) while going 45.0% from the field.
Defensively, the Musketeers are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 17.9 fouls. They surrender 32.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 181st in D-1 in PPG allowed (69.1). The Musketeers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.4% (889 of 2,099) and they surrender 34.4 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 262nd in college basketball in allowing assists with 437 conceded for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Texas A&M Aggies walked away with a victory by a final of 72-56 against Washington State. The Aggies earned 26 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 34 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while earning 5 steals for this contest. Washington State committed 16 personal fouls for the game which got the Aggies to the free throw line for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to convert 6 of those for a percentage of 46.2%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Texas A&M made 2 of 14 tries (14.3%). Overall, the Aggies ended up going 32 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.5%. The Aggies permitted Washington State to make 19 of their 55 tries from the field which had them sitting at 34.5% for this game. They finished the game shooting 24.1% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 7 of 29 and finished the game at 11 of 20 from the charity stripe (55.0%). When it comes to rebounding, Texas A&M permitted Washington State to get 36 in all (10 offensive).
Quenton Jackson ended up having an impact for the Aggies in the game. He accumulated 18 points in his 35 mins of playing time and added 6 dimes for the matchup. He buried 7 of 9 in this game for a field goal percentage of 77.8%, and had 4 rebounds.
Texas A&M has a mark of 27-12 on the campaign. The Aggies commit 17.5 fouls every game and they hit 69.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 13.7 times per contest (124th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.1 times per game. Texas A&M has totaled 2,836 points on the campaign (72.7 per game) and they pull down 35.6 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Aggies are hitting on 44.3% from the field, which ranks them 155th in the country.
The Aggies on the defensive side of the court are 74th in college hoops in points given up per game with 65.9. They are able to force 17.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the floor (61st in Division 1). The Texas A&M defense allows 31.5% from downtown (263 of 835) and opponents are connecting on 72.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 14.8 assists and 34.9 boards per contest, which ranks them 319th and 192nd in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Xavier (+4)
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