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March Madness Betting Marquette vs Xavier College Basketball Odds

march madness betting marquette vs xavierThere is no crazier form of basketball action the March Madness betting.  And for those of you who forgot just how nuts it gets, the first day of the tournament served as a reminder of why we love NCAA hoops in March so much.

The #13 Moorhead State upset of #4 Louisville was certainly the craziest of the day but you can’t discount the #12 Richmond Spiders knocking off #5 Vanderbilt.  And even many of the games that the higher seed won came down to a desperate final buzzer beater (see #4 Kentucky’s win over #13 Princeton).

Friday’s slate is full of other potential upsets and one of these matchups that could end in tears for the higher seed includes the matchup between the #6 Xavier Musketeers against the #11 Marquette Golden Eagles.

The March Madness betting odds always favor the #11 seed against the #6 seed, and the odds are in Xavier’s favor, the 20th ranked team in the country.  But if you’re looking for a possible big time upset on Friday this is the game to take a look at.

Xavier rode a hot streak to the end of the regular season winning 9 straight games and 16 out of 17.  But the Musketeers were knocked out of the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament by Dayton.

It will be very interesting to see how this team bounces back from that loss.  It also hasn’t’ faced a very good team of any sort since January 22nd when it beat temple at home 88-77. The Golden Eagles (20-14) on the other hand had to run the gauntlet of the Big East regular season and faced a Top 25 team on a weekly basis.

Marquette hardly enters the Big Dance on a hot streak winning just 5 of its final 8 games but 2 of those wins came against ranked teams.  With the exception of the team’s shocking loss to Seton Hall to close the conference schedule all of its losses came to ranked teams.  This is  team whose record is a bit deceiving and has generally played up the occasion as it’s beaten some of the best teams in the country.

If both team’s play to their potential Marquette is the better team, based on its results against superior competition and if it plays well on Friday there’s a very good change it will get a win in the March Madness betting action.