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NCAA Tournament Betting Pick & Prediction: Texas Longhorns vs. Xavier Musketeers - March 24, 2023

March 24, 2023

The 3rd-seeded Xavier Musketeers get set to clash against the 2nd-seeded Texas Longhorns in the Sweet 16 of the Midwest Region of the men's championship tournament Friday night inside the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO. They jump it up at 9:45 pm.Xavier Musketeers Betting PreviewThe Musketeers (27-9) have enjoyed a great run and they will need their guards to pick up the slack if they are going to pull off what would be another upset, even though the odds makers have installed Texas as a modest four-point favorite in this clash. Xavier got to this point after defeating 11th-seeded Pittsburgh, 84-73 and they made some big shots late in the game as they pulled away for the 11-point win.They were paced by senior forward Jack Nunge who scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the win and he also added three rebounds and three assists in the triumph. The guards will look to get him the ball in space and also down on the low block where he can command a double team, and once that happens, look for him to pass out of that and find his open shooters.Xavier connects on 49% from the floor, including 39% from beyond the arc and they need to make this a slow pace type of game. Texas Longhorns Betting PreviewThe Longhorns (28-8) are a deep team and they too also have some very stout guard play and they are hoping they can get a solid game out of senior Marcus Carr who leads all players on the team with 15 points per game.Carr also adds in three rebounds and four assists too and he is the leader of this offense on and off the court. Texas loves to push the pace and get up and down the floor and they would love to see if Creighton can match them point for point. The Longhorns are a very solid shooting team from beyond the arc as they connect on close to 47% from there and they shoot 33% from the floor overall. They can play inside and out and Carr will look to get to the rim early and often as possible in this clash. They also need to win the battle on the glass and if they are knocking down shots it could be a long night for the Bluejays as we think Texas will pull away in the 2nd half in this one. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick Texas is 4-1 in their last five games and 5-0 in their last five games against the spread and 5-6 in their road games against the number and the totals have not gone over in their last five games and only 11 of their last 23 games at home. The Bluejays are 3-2 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number and 7-8 in their road games against the spread and four of their last five games and nine of their last 18 games at home.Persian Pick: Texas Longhorns- 4