Play-in Game Betting Trends: Xavier Best March Madness Team

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

Xavier's Semaj Christon tries to get past Villanova's Darrun Hilliard in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
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The First Four (better known as the play-in round) tips off Tuesday with two games, including Xavier vs. North Carolina State, where bettors will be cheering on the Musketeers.

As the best betting team of the past decade (18-2-1 ATS), Xavier looks to earn a 12 seed in the Midwest with a win over the Wolfpack. The Musketeers were small favorites against an N.C. State team that closed the year on a profitable 10-2 ATS run.

Bettors would love to see them win a round or two and hope that their money-making ways continue into next weekend.

In the other game, the South’s No. 16 seed will be decided when America East champion Albany faces Northeast Conference champion Mount St. Mary’s.

Wednesday’s games feature Iowa vs. Tennessee to decide the Midwest Region’s 11 seed and Texas Southern vs. Cal Poly to decide the No. 16 slot in the same region. The Mustangs are surprise favorites in the latter game as they were riding a 2-9 SU streak before pulling off three upsets in the Big Sky tournament.

Check out the play-in game betting trends below on each game.


NC State +2.5 vs. Xavier -2.5: Matchup Report

OVER is 8-1 past nine N.C. State games

N.C. State ended year on 10-2 ATS streak

UNDER is 8-1 past nine tournament games since 2005

Xavier 8-3 ATS past 11 games as favorites

Xavier 18-2-1 ATS past 21 tournament games since 2003


Mount St. Mary’s +2.5 vs. Albany -2.5: Matchup Report

Albany finished year on 6-1 SU run

Albany won America East title

Mount St. Mary’s won Northeast title

Mount St. Mary’s finished on 5-1 SU run


Iowa -1.5 vs. Tennessee +1.5: Matchup Report

Iowa is 1-6 SU, 0-7 ATS past seven games

Iowa lost past three tournament games SU and ATS

Tennessee played five straight UNDERs to end the year


Texas Southern -3 vs. Cal Poly +3: Matchup Report

Texas Southern ended year on nine-game win streak, SWAC title

First tournament game since 2003

Cal Poly lost nine of 11 games before three upset wins in Big Sky tourney


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