The Sweet 16 of the 2023 NCAA Tournament will conclude on Friday, March 24, and will feature a matchup between the No. 2 Texas Longhorns and the No. 3 Xavier Musketeers. This Midwest Region semifinal will take place at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Game date: Friday, March 24
Game time: After conclusion of Miami-Houston (est. 9:45 p.m. ET)
TV channel: CBS
Location: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City
Spread: Texas -4
Moneyline: Texas -190, Xavier +160
No. 2 Texas 28-8 (12-6 Big 12)
First Round: Defeated No. 15 Colgate 81-61
Second Round: Defeated No. 10 Penn State 71-66
KenPom rating: 5 Overall, 16 Offense, 10 Defense
Leading scorer: Marcus Carr (15.9 PPG)
Key stat of tournament: Shooting 52.1% from the field in the tournament
Texas was able to hold off a late surge by Penn State on Saturday to come away with the close second-round victory and advance. The Nittany Lions held a three-point lead with just under five minutes to go before Dylan Disu and Marcus Carr led the Longhorns on a 10-0 to re-establish control. Disu dropped 28 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
No. 3 Xavier
First Round: Defeated No. 14 Kennesaw State 72-67
Second Round: Defeated No. 11 Pitt 84-73
KenPom rating: 16 Overall, 8 Offense, 73 Defense
Leading scorer: Souley Boum, 17 ppg
Key stat of tournament: Averaging 19 assists per game, leads the nation
Xavier didn’t have to go through the Kennesaw State nerve-wracking comeback this time. The Musketeers took an early lead, up 48-34 at the half, and held off a late-game effort from Pittsburgh. Jack Nunge has been the star of this team and added a team-high 18 points in the second round, but in an assist-heavy offensive scheme, everyone’s getting scoring looks. Nunge was one of six Musketeers to make it into the double digits in scoring.