March Madness: Xavier vs. Texas odds, picks and predictions

The 3rd-seeded Xavier Musketeers (27-9) and No. 2 Texas Longhorns (28-8) meet in a Sweet 16 game Friday in Kansas City. The Midwest Region' battle at the T-Mobile Center tips off at 9:45 p.m. ET (CBS). Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Xavier vs. Texas odds as we make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and best bets.

Xavier, which is No. 14 in the , enters off bracket wins against 14-seed Kennesaw State and 11-seed Pitt. The Musketeers’ only loss since Feb. 24 was to Marquette in the March 11 Big East Tournament title game. One of the top 3-point-shooting teams in the nation, XU has cranked out a robust 37.2% mark from distance over that stretch.

Seventh-ranked Texas has won 6 straight games. The Longhorns are typically efficient at both ends of the floor, and they often leverage a plus in turnovers into a plus on the scoreboard. UT has scuffled of late from 3-point range (29.9% last 4 games), but the team’s 2-point game has been dialed in and over their last 3 games the ‘Horns have shot an aggregate 51.4% from the floor.

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Xavier vs. Texas odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access'USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:46 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Xavier +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Texas -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Xavier +4.5 (-115) | Texas -4.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 149.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)

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