Xavier vs Marquette: NCAA Prediction & Preview

    
March 15th, 2011
(6) Xavier vs. (11) Marquette

East Region - Cleveland

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Xavier has one of the best backcourts in the East Region (Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons), and could prevent Marquette from meeting fellow Big East squad Syracuse in round two. Chris Mack's Musketeers emerged as the class of the Atlantic 10 in the regular season, only to fall to rival Dayton in the conference tournament. Marquette will have their hands full with the Musketeers but Buzz Williams' team plays as hard as any team in the country. Jimmy Butler and Darius Johnson-Odom are the leading scorers for Marquette, who need other guys to step up in order to prolong their stay. While the effort will be there, whether or not Marquette executes well enough, remains to be seen.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Xavier

Marquette

 

Stars to Watch:

G Tu Holloway (Xavier)

G Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette)

 

Vegas Odds:

Xavier -1.5

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Xavier 68 - Marquette 63

KenPom: Marquette 73 - Xavier 72

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Xavier

 

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