NCAA Tournament: TCU vs. Texas Southern fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 16
Game Time: 7:20 ET
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
All You Really Need To Know About Xavier (28-5)
(Big East), RPI: .3 1-seed
Yeah, the Musketeers gagged away the overtime loss to Providence in the Big East Tournament, but that doesn’t take away from a phenomenal regular season and a spot in the top five in the rankings. Trevon Bluiett leads a really, really deep team that gets everyone involved. It helps that everyone hits the boards – hard.
It’s one of the best free throw shooting teams in the country, and it’s great at passing the ball around and putting up points in bunches – the Musketeers beat teams by close to ten points per game – but the defense doesn’t force a ton of mistakes and there aren’t a lot of blocked shots. They win by simply outgunning everyone.
All You Really Need To Know About Texas Southern
(SWAC) RPI: 227. 16-seed
The Tigers clamped down hard on North Carolina Central in a 64-46 First Four stomping. They might not have an offense, but that’s okay – NC Central couldn’t hit water if they were standing in the ocean. For its part, Texas Southern did what it does best – hit lots of free throws, clean up the boards, and win games on the inside.
However, they don’t have a great defense – that win over NC Central was a total aberration defensively.
What’s Going To Happen
Reality is about to hit hard. Xavier won’t go 0-for-14 from three like NC Central did, and they’ll get more than six free throw attempts.
Texas Southern doesn’t have enough of an offense to keep up with the deep Musketeers – the scoring will come in waves.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Xavier 84, Texas Southern 62
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence: COMING
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