Xavier at Texas A&M: 3/31/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Xavier at Texas A&M: 3/31/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M Aggies (27-12) vs Xavier Musketeers (22-13)

Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Texas A&M Aggies -4 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Xavier Musketeers and Texas A&M Aggies face off on Thursday in the NIT Championship at Madison Square Garden. 

Xavier comes into this game with a 22-13 record overall and they have gone 16-19 against the spread. Xavier has beaten Cleveland State, Florida, Vanderbilt, and St. Bonaventure so far in the NIT. in the last game against St. Bonaventure, the offense was elite, scoring 84 points and that led to the victory. Xavier is averaging 74.1 points while their defense is giving up 69.1 points per game. The best player this season has been Jack Nunge who is averaging 13.4 points while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from behind the three point line. There are five different players that are averaging at least 10 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Texas A&M Aggies who sit with a 27-12 record overall and they have gone 23-15 against the spread. There are many who believe that Texas A&M should be in the NCAA Tournament, but they have made the most out of the NIT. So far in this tournament, they have knocked off Alcorn State, Oregon, Wake Forest, and Washington State. In the last game against the Cougars, the defense was elite giving up only 56 points and that led to the victory. The Aggies are averaging 72.7 points while their defense is giving up 65.9 points per game. Quenton Jackson has been the best player for Texas A&M averaging 14.6 points while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Texas A&M is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5. Texas A&M is 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 games following a straight up win. The under is 5-0 in Texas A&M’s last five games. The over is 5-0 in Xavier’s last five games following an against the spread win. 

Texas A&M has proven why they should be in the NCAA Tournament and their defense is going to lock down Xavier’s offense. Look for Xavier to struggle to get above 65 points, and that will be enough for the Aggies to cruise to an easy victory. Back Texas A&M against the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Texas A&M -4

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