NCAA Tournament Betting -- Two Great Players Get Together as Xavier Tackles N.C. State

One of two First Four games the Final Score Network is looking at on Tuesday will match the North Carolina State Wolfpack against the Xavier Musketeers, as it takes place at the UD Arena in Dayton at 9:10 PM ET.

Xavier, part of the Big East, was 21-12 straight-up on the season and a very credible 18-13 against the basketball pointspread. N.C. State, which is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, was 21-13 straight-up and 19-12 versus the number. Xavier has been installed as a 2.5-point favorite in the NCAA Tournament betting odds, and there are a lot of people rooting for teams like SMU who are pretty angry that either of these schools are included in the field.

Do you remember when Jay Bilas, the former Duke player who is with ESPN, protesting VCU's inclusion in the First Four a few years ago? The Rams advanced to the Final Four that season. So you never know. This season Xavier, in its first year in the Big East after leaving the Atlantic 10, had the misfortune of running into Doug McDermott and Creighton in the conference tournament, and suffered an 86-78 defeat. But they did have a previous win over Creighton, as well as non-conference victories against the likes of Tennessee (another First Four participant) and Cincinnati.

N.C. State has covered ten of its last 12 games against the basketball betting odds, including five in a row. And they pulled off a big upset over Syracuse in the ACC post-season tournament. They have played eight straight games over the total as it is posted in the NCAA betting lines, and they have the ACC player of the year in sophomore TJ Warren, who averaged almost 25 points per game. Xavier guard Semaj Christon could have been a player of the year candidate in the Big East, if not for the presence of McDermott.

This could be a closely-contested game. Is there a clear edge? The staff at Final Score Network is impeccable when it comes to basketball betting winners, and they have the answers for you. Build your bankroll by consulting with them today!


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