One team will advance to the championship game of the 2022 National Invitation Tournament, and one team will go home when the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the Xavier Musketeers square off in a 2022 NIT semifinal on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. After a midseason slump, the Bonnies (23-9) have won 11 of their last 13 games. They knocked off Virginia, 52-51, in the quarterfinal to advance to the semifinal. Meanwhile, under interim coach Jonas Hayes, the Musketeers (21-13) have made an unlikely run to the NIT semifinals. They lost eight of their final 10 games prior to the NIT. The winner will advance to the title game to face either Washington State or Texas A&M.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Bonnies are favored by 1.5 points in the latest St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 139.5. Before making any Xavier vs. St. Bonaventure picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier and revealed its coveted picks and predictions for the NIT 2022. You can head to SportsLine to see all of the model's college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Xavier vs. St. Bonaventure:
- St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier spread: Bonnies -1.5
- St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier over-under: 139.5 points
- St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier money line: St. Bonaventure -125, Xavier +105
- SBON: Osun Osunniyi ranks 10th in the country in blocks per game (2.90).
- XAV: Jack Nunge leads the team in scoring (13.3 points per game).
Why St. Bonaventure can cover
St. Bonaventure has a balanced scoring lineup. All five Bonnies senior starters average double figures, and each has averaged at least 10.0 points per game during the NIT. Jalen Adaway leads the team in scoring on the season (16.0 points per game).
In addition, Jaren Holmes is on a roll in the NIT. The 6-foot-4 senior from Detroit is averaging a team-best 15.3 points per game in three NIT games. He has shot 48.5 percent from the floor (16-of-33) and 62.5 percent on 3-pointers (5-of-8) as well as 90.0 percent at the line (9-of-10).
Why Xavier can cover
Jack Nunge is one of the best players in the Big East. The 7-foot junior transfer from Iowa leads the team in scoring (13.3 points per game) and blocks (1.4 per game) and ranks second in rebounding (7.3 per game). For his efforts this season he earned all-Big East honorable mention honors.
In addition, the Musketeers face a St. Bonaventure team that doesn't take advantage of the 3-point line. The Bonnies average just 6.0 made 3-point field goals per game, which ranks 12th in the 14-team Atlantic 10 and 298th in the country. They also have taken just 582 3-pointers this season, which ranks 287th in the nation.
How to make St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 139 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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