Cleveland State at Xavier - 3/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Cleveland State at Xavier - 3/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Xavier Musketeers (18-13) vs Cleveland State Vikings (20-10)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Cintas Center)

Betting Odds: Xavier Musketeers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 147 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland State Vikings will play the Xavier Musketeers in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday.

The Cleveland State Vikings are 20-10 (15-6) this season and have lost three of their last four games. Cleveland State is coming off of a loss against Wright State by a score of 82-67. Cleveland State shot 15% from three and 58.3% on free throws in the loss. D’Moi Hodge led the Vikings with 16 points and 2 rebounds in the game. Cleveland State is averaging 75.6 points per game and is giving up 69.9 points per game against, while also averaging 35 rebounds per game and 16.7 assists per game. D’Moi Hodge is averaging 15.4 points per game and 3 rebounds per game, while Torrey Patton is averaging 13.7 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for the Vikings. Cleveland State is shooting 47.9% on field goals, 67.1% on free throws, and 33.2% on three pointers.

The Xavier Musketeers are 18-13 (8-11) this season and have lost six of their last seven games. Xavier lost to Butler in overtime by a score of 89-82 in their last game. Xavier shot 47.1% from the field and 44.8% on free throws in the game. Jack Nunge led the Musketeers with 24 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. Xavier is averaging 73.9 points per game and is giving up 69.2 points per game against, while also averaging 37.3 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game. Jack Nunge is averaging 13.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Paul Scruggs is averaging 12 points per game and 4.1 assists per game for the Musketeers. Xavier is shooting 44.6% on field goals, 70.1% on free throws, and 32.5% on three pointers.

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Cleveland State is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games as a road underdog and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. The over is 10-2 in Cleveland State’s last 12 games. Xavier is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 5-0 in Xavier’s last 5 home games.

Both of these teams had very disappointing ends to their season, but still get a chance to play postseason basketball. Cleveland State was the #1 seed in the Horizon League Tournament, but finished the season losing three of four. Xavier started conference play strong, but lost the majority of their games down the stretch. Xavier struggled on defense in their last few games and I expect Cleveland State will be able to score at a decent rate here. I like the over.

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