Xavier vs Texas A&M 2022 NIT Tournament Finals: Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: NIT Semifinal-Washington State at Texas A&M
Mar 29, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Texas A&M Aggies guard Tyrece Radford (23) and Washington State Cougars guard Noah Williams (24) chase a loose ball during the first half of the NIT college basketball semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NIT Tournament Finals: Xavier Musketeers vs Texas A&M Aggies

How to Watch:

  • Date: Thursday, March 31
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
  • TV: ESPN

Tale of the Tape:

SEC Conference Big East
27-12 Record 22-13
72.7 (142nd) Points Per Game 73.9 (111th)
66.2 Points Allowed Per Game 68.9
0.5676 (60th) RPI 0.5652 (62nd)
64th Strength of Schedule 53rd

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Texas A&M leaders:

Mar 13, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Aggies guard Quenton Jackson (3) drives to the basket against Tennessee Volunteers guard Josiah-Jordan James (30) in the second half at Amelie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
  • Quenton Jackson, G, SR. – 14.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.8 SPG
  • Henry Coleman III, F, SO. – 11.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 55.8% FG


Xavier leaders:

Mar 20, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Musketeers guard Colby Jones (3) shoots the ball against the Florida Gators in the first half during the second round of the NIT Tournament at the Cintas Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK
  • Jack Nunge, F, JR: 13.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 54% FG
  • Colby Jones, G, SO: 11.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.5 SPG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • A&M Moneyline: -190
  • XAV Moneyline: +160
  • Spread: A&M -4.5
  • Over/Under: 138
  • Offensive Rankings: A&M 68th, XAV 39th
  • Defensive Rankings: A&M 27th, XAV 79th
  • Pace of Play: A&M 199th, XAV 97th

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.

The Pick:

  • So all four of the Aggies’ NIT games have gone under this total, which makes sense when you consider their stellar defense. Yet, three of the Mustakeers’ four NIT games have gone over this total, since they like to play at a faster pace and don’t quite have the defense that their opponents do. The game, and the over/under, could come down to which team can impose its pace and style.
  • Texas A&M has won 11 of their last 12 and 12 of their last 14, so they come into this game on an absolute roll. They also held some really talented offenses to low-scoring efforts: allowing 65 to Tennessee (35th-ranked offense), 64 to Arkansas (53rd-ranked offense), and 62 to Auburn (25th-ranked offense). One would have to imagine that they won’t be daunted by the Mustakeers and their 39th-ranked offense.
  • Meanwhile, the Mustakeers had lost six of seven and eight of ten games before entering the NIT. They’ve also played a lot of close games in the tournament, squeaking out a four-point first-round victory over 197th-ranked Cleveland State before beating Florida pretty handily. They edged 64th-ranked Vanderbilt by two in the quarter-finals and then beat 77th-ranked St. Bonaventure by seven in order to make the finals.
  • The Aggies haven’t had a game closer than 12-points in the entire NIT, including a 15-point win over 34th-ranked Wake Forest and a 16-point victory over 45th-ranked Washington State to make the finals.

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