A title will be awarded on Thursday in Madison Square Garden and while both Xavier and Texas A&M were hoping their wins in March would’ve been in the NCAA Tournament, both have found a way to string four straight wins together.
Xavier has been consistent on offense, notching at least 72 points in six straight games with guard Nate Johnson going 14-of-31 from 3-point range in this stretch and making 39.3% of his 3-point shots overall this season.
The Musketeers also get good play from their top scorers on the glass with each of their top three scorers that will be active for this game averaging at least 5.7 rebounds per game.
There should be lots of second chances for Xavier to utilize that advantage on the glass with Texas A&M ranked 337th in the country in defensive rebound rate, allowing opponents to get an offensive rebound on 31.3% of their missed shots.
The Aggies have also had a tough time with the fundamentals, ranked 214th in turnover per possession and 235th in free throw shooting percentage.
With Xavier in the nation’s top 50 in fewest turnovers per possession on the road and Texas A&M 150th in the country in offensive efficiency, Xavier group with an interim coaching staff with a lot they want to prove will keep things tight and have a chance to come away from New York with a title.
The Play: Xavier +4.5
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