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March Madness Gambling - Marquette vs. Xavier

March Madness gambling handicappers saw the Marquette Golden Eagles struggle with inconsistency on their path to action with the March Madness odds.
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March Madness gambling fans were impressed with the Xavier Musketeers as they were the Atlantic 10 Conference champions and are a regular on the March Madness odds board.

The Xavier Musketeers will take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Friday night with a starting time of 7:30 PM ET.  Sports Gambling opened with Xavier as a 2 point favorite.  The game can be seen on truTV.  This matchup will take place in Cleveland OH in the East regional as Xavier is the 6 seed and Marquette is the 11 seed.

Xavier has a NCAA March Madness bet record of 24-7 straight up and 14-15-1 against the spread.  Xavier was 8-4 against the spread on the road and went under the total in 9 out of 12 games.  Xavier has shown excellent value and form as of late with 7 payouts in their last 9 games.

Tue Holloway is one of the top players in the Big Dance as he led the Musketeers with 20.2 points per game while also dishing out a team best 5.5 assists per game.  Xavier ranked in the upper fifth of the nation for both scoring offense and scoring defense to show solid balance in their overall game.

Marquette has a bet on March Madness record of 20-14 straight up and16-12 against the spread.   The Golden Eagles were 6-5 against the spread on the road and went under the total in 6 of their 11 away games.

Marquette was one of the top offensive teams in the country as they averaged 76.1 points per game but their defense was leaky and allowed 69.1 points per outing and that proved to be their downfall in the Big East Conference race.  Marquette’s defense in fact blew big leads in several key games that cost the Golden Eagles a shot at a much higher seeding.

Jimmy Butler led Marquette with 16 points per game.  Marquette has been trending heavily under the total heading into the Big Dance with just 2 of their last 10 games going over the number.

Xavier opened at Sports-Gambling as a +24000 choice to win the National Championship while Marquette was a +13500 March Madness gambling selection to win the Big Dance.