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:
|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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.