The No. 8 seed St. Bonaventure Bonnies (23-9) meet the No. 2 seed Xavier Musketeers (21-13) Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York for an NIT semifinal. Tipping will take place at 7 p.m. ET. Below we take a look at the St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier dimensions and linesand make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
St. Bonaventure advanced in the tournament with wins over Colorado (76-68), Oklahoma (70-68) and Virginia (52-51). The Bonnies are 11-2 since Feb. 8, but have won their last two games by a combined 3 points.
SBU is a slowdown team that relies on efficiency at both ends of the floor. The Bonnies held their foes 42.3 percent from the floor and made 4.8 blocks per game during their 11-2 streak.
Xavier struggled in the stretch in the Big East, going 4-7 in his last 11 regular season games and then losing his Big East tournament opener. However, the Musketeers rallied for three NIT wins at home against Cleveland State (72-68), Florida (72-56) and Vanderbilt (75-73).
See also: Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll conducted by USA TODAY Sports
St. Bonaventure vs Xavier odds, spread and lines
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- Money line: Saint-Bonaventure -125 (bet $125 to win $100) | Xavier +102 (bet $100 to win $102)
- Against the spread (ATS): St. Bonaventure -1.5 (-110) | Xavier +1.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 140.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
St. Bonaventure vs Xavier odds, lines, picks and predictions
Xavier 69, St. Bonaventure 65
Take the extra cash on the five who haven’t been on the road for three consecutive games before heading to Madison Square Garden. Peg the Bonnies has had some luck shooting – twice on offense and once on defense – so far in this tournament. The Musketeers believe they have an advantage on the boards and in accessing the charity strip.
TAKE XAVIER (+102).
Against the spread
Under is 4-1 in the Bonnies’ last five games against opponents playing .600 or better basketball.
Both teams are bottom-tier teams with 3-point percentage. Slower-paced St. Bonaventure has done well to be the tempo-controlling team lately.
TAKE LESS THAN 140.5 (-115).
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