Xavier vs UConn Prediction - College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

Connecticut (28-3) vs Xavier (15-16)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Connecticut -15.5 -- Over/Under: 151 Click Here for the Latest Odds

In this article, we will formulate a Xavier vs Uconn betting prediction for this college basketball showdown on Thursday, March 14th at the Madison Square Garden. We will take a look at: 

- The Xavier Musketeers' recent form and recent player performance

- The UConn Huskies recent form and recent player performance

- A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between Xavier vs UConn

Can Xavier Pull Upset?

Xavier knows they are going to need a near perfect performance here, but anything can happen in March. On Wednesday, Xavier faced off against Butler, and they played to a 76-72 victory. Desmond Claude had a strong game putting up 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Xavier is averaging 76.3 points while their defense is giving up 74.2 points per game. Xavier is a good offensive team but the defense for this team hasn’t been good enough overall. Quincy Olivari has been the top player for Xavier averaging 19.5 points while shooting 43.4 percent from the field. 

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UConn Looks like a Title Contender

UConn really looks to be a title contender and they should have confidence that they can win this whole tournament. In the last game against Providence, the defense gave up only 60 points and they ended up winning by 14 points. There were five different players that finished with at least 10 points. UConn is averaging 81.1 points while their defense is giving up 64 points per game. Tristen Newton is averaging 15 points while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from behind the three point line. 

Xavier vs UConn Betting Prediction

Xavier won on Wednesday, but don’t let that fool you, they beat a team that isn’t very good in Butler. UConn is averaging 81.1 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. Xavier’s defense is giving up 74.2 points per game and they are going to look ugly here. This game is going to get out of hand early. Back UConn to win this game and cover the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Uconn -15.5

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