Xavier vs Kennesaw State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 17 NCAA Tournament Game (Musketeers Hold Off Owls)

Devon Platana
Xavier vs Kennesaw State prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 NCAA Tournament game.
Xavier vs Kennesaw State prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 NCAA Tournament game. / AP Photos/Jeff Dean

Xavier vs Kennesaw State Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • No. 15 Xavier (25-9) vs. Kennesaw State (26-8)
  • Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Time: 12:40 PM ET
  • Venue: Greensboro Coliseum -- Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Coverage: truTV

Friday, March 17's 2022-23 NCAA Tournament schedule features Midwest Region action as the No. 3 Xavier Musketeers take on the No. 14 Kennesaw State Owls in a first-round tilt.

Xavier's Big East Tournament run ended on a sour note, falling 65-51 to Marquette in the championship game. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State extended its winning streak to five straight games with a 67-66 victory over Liberty in the ASUN Championship Game.

Can Xavier put its latest loss in the rearview by advancing to the second round? Or will Kennesaw State's winning ways continue at Greensboro Coliseum?

Xavier vs Kennesaw State Odds & Spread

Xavier enters this contest as a massive favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12:40 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 151.5 points with both sides sitting at -110 odds.

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Xavier vs Kennesaw State Betting Trends

  • Xavier has beaten the spread 18 times in 34 games.
  • Against the spread as 11.5-point favorites or more, the Musketeers are 3-6.
  • Xavier has seen 21 of its 34 games go over the point total.
  • Against the spread, Kennesaw State is 21-10-0 this season.
  • The Owls are 3-1 as 11.5-point underdogs or greater.
  • Kennesaw State has seen 17 of its 31 games hit the over.
Xavier Rank Xavier AVG Kennesaw State AVG Kennesaw State Rank
11th 81.4 Points Scored 75.3 91st
295th 74.1 Points Allowed 68.9 142nd
35th 34.8 Rebounds 31.4 202nd
123rd 9.1 Off. Rebounds 7.6 265th
154th 7.6 3pt Made 8.3 75th
1st 19.3 Assists 14.4 84th
232nd 12.4 Turnovers 12 200th

Xavier vs Kennesaw State Prediction & Pick

Xavier shouldn't have much of an issue with this matchup. While Kennesaw State has the momentum, it's also winless in its last eight meetings with a Big East school. On the other hand, Xavier is a perfect 6-0 in its last six games against the ASUN Conference.

The Musketeers won't have any issues scoring on Friday. They average the 12th-most points on the seventh-best field goal and third-best three-point percentages in the country. With Kennesaw State usually finding itself in foul trouble (18.2 per game, T-No. 268), Xavier will likely make the opposition pay from the charity stripe, where it hits 74.7% of its free throws away from home.

After coming up short against Marquette, look for Xavier to move forward with a convincing win.

Final Score Prediction: Xavier: 80 | Kennesaw State: 72

Xavier vs Kennesaw State Best Bet

Despite calling for a Xavier victory, I don't expect the 11.5-point spread to be covered. For starters, The Muskeeters have failed to cover the spread in three of their previous four outings while being an uninspiring 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite.

Kennesaw State has had much more success against the spread lately, Not only are the Owls 4-1 ATS in their past five games, but they've also covered in nine of their last 12 games where they were underdogs.

Xavier won't struggle too much, but Kennesaw State has the tools to keep things closer than expected.

Bet: Kennesaw State +11.5 (-112)

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