Xavier vs. Pittsburgh Sweet Sixteen betting

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

Sweet Sixteen betting on Thursday has the #1 seed in the East Regional, the Pittsburgh Panthers favored against the #4 seed Xavier.

The Panthers are 30-4 on the season and 16-11-1 against the spread while Xavier is 27-7 straight up and 18-12-2 against the number.  Pittsburgh is a 7 point favorite in March Madness odds.

Sweet Sixteen betting on Pittsburgh has been 50-50 so far.  The Panthers nearly were upset by #16 seed East Tennessee State in the first round and they easily could have lost against Oklahoma State in the second round before pulling away late.  The Panthers have two players who can really impact the Sweet Sixteen betting odds.  Sweet sixteen betting information shows that Sam Young had 32 points in the win over the Cowboys and DeJuan Blair was co-Big East Player of the Year.  The Panthers have had all kinds of trouble in the Sweet Sixteen in the past, losing every time in recent years as Sweet Sixteen betting stats show.  Losing here against Xavier would be a major disappointment for Pittsburgh.

Xavier has been very impressive so far in Sweet Sixteen betting.  The Musketeers blew away Portland State in the first round and then pretty much dominated Wisconsin in the second round.  Xavier has definitely gone under the radar in Sweet Sixteen betting so far but that ends here.  If the Musketeers are going to defeat Pittsburgh they will have to pick up their play.  Junior forward Jason Love is going to have to play much better if Xavier is to have any chance of controlling Pittsburgh’s inside game.  Sweet Sixteen betting stats tell us that Xavier is in the Sweet 16 for the third time since 2004.  Head coach Sean Miller is one of the best in the business and Xavier is always well prepared.  They don’t have the talent of Pittsburgh but the Panthers just seem like a team looking for a way to lose in Sweet Sixteen betting.

March Madness odds stats show that the Musketeers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Musketeers are 7-1 against the March Madness odds in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog.

The Panthers are 1-4 against the March Madness odds in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.

Looking at the Sweet Sixteen betting total we see that the Under is 4-0 in the Musketeers last 4 overall. The Over   is 7-2 in the Panthers last 9 Sweet Sixteen betting games as a favorite.

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