Xavier vs. Pittsburgh 3/19/23 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Game: Xavier Musketeers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date & Time: 3/19/2023, 6:00 PM UTC
Location: Greensboro Coliseum
Address: Greensboro, NC
Latest Odds: XAV -5 ; O/U 154.5

The No. 11 seeded Pittsburgh Panthers will play the No. 3 seeded Xavier Musketeers on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest region at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pittsburgh defeated Iowa State in the first round 59-41. The leading scorer for Pitt was Nelly Cummings with 13 points. The Panthers held Iowa State to 23.3% shooting overall and 9.5% shooting from three-point territory. 

Blake Hinson is leading Pittsburgh in scoring with an average of 15.5 points per game and is also the leading rebounder with an average of 6.1 rebounds per game. Nelly Cummings, who led Pittsburgh in scoring versus Iowa State on Friday, is the leader in assists with an average of 4.8 assists per game. Pittsburgh has four players averaging double figures in scoring and as a team scores an average of 76.1 points per game.

The No. 3 seeded Xavier Musketeers had a tougher time in the opening round than expected but rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to win 72-67 over the No. 14 seeded Kennesaw State Owls. Xavier outscored Kennesaw State 36-24 after the break, led by Jerome Hunter with 24 points, while Souley Boum scored 17 points and Jack Nunge added 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

During the regular season Souley Boum was the leading scorer and leader in assists for Xavier with averages of 16.5 points and 4.4 assists per game, while Jack Nunge was the leading rebounder with an average of 7.8 rebounds per game. Xavier had five players average double figures in scoring during the regular season and as a team scored an average of 81.4 points per game.

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Betting Trends

  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5
  • The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the Panthers last 5
  • Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last 5
  • The UNDER has cashed in 6 of the Musketeers last 10
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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers +5

Pittsburgh is 2-0 in the tournament after winning its First Four matchup 60-59 over Mississippi State and defeating the higher seeded Iowa State Cyclones handily 59-41. Pittsburgh's defense once again was the difference, holding Iowa State to 41 points after holding the Mississippi State Bulldogs to just 59 points. Xavier has struggled down the stretch when it comes to covering the number, failing to cover four of the last five. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Panthers win and cover ATS 74-70. 


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