The No. 3 Xavier Musketeers (25-9, 15-5 Big East) will open their NCAA Tournament play against the No. 14 Kennesaw State Owls (26-8, 15-3 A-Sun) on Friday afternoon. The game will get started at 12:40 p.m. ET from Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, and can be seen on truTV.
Let’s take a look at the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook and make some picks.
No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 14 Kennesaw State picks
Spread: Xavier -12.5
Moneyline: Xavier -800, Kennesaw State +575
Xavier finished second place in the Big East regular season standings behind the Marquette Golden Eagles, and the Musketeers did the same in the conference tournament. Kennesaw State tied for first place in the Atlantic-Sun regular season standings and rolled through the tournament to claim a March Madness spot.
The Musketeers won five games in a row down the stretch and appear to have figured out how to win without one of their best players Zach Freemantle, who has been out since late January. Xavier’s defense isn’t good, but the Musketeers rate eighth in KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency, while Kennesaw State is 153rd in that category so the Owls are not keeping up in this contest.
Pick: Xavier -12.5