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Xavier vs. Baylor Free Picks Sweet 16

March 23, 2012

Baylor -6

Another interesting matchup in the Sweet 16 will see the Baylor Bears take on the Xavier Musketeers. TheBears have had a terrific entire season. They have a strong frontcourt and but their backcourt is what has helped the most in their first two tournament wins.

Brady Heslip had one of his best games at the guard spot when the Bears knocked out No. 11 seed Colorado 80-63. Heslip made 9 of his 12 three point attempts to finish with 27 points, a career high. His three-point output for the night was only two short of a tournament record for the NCAA.

Quincy Acy, Baylor’s star forward and teammates Quincy Miller and Perry Jones were held in check by Colorado. However, because the team has more players, such Heslip, to lean on, they were able to overcome the Colorado defense.

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The key player for Xavier is New York’s Tu Holloway. He leads the team in scoring and is their all around best player. His job will be to keep Pierre Jackson in check. On offense, he will have to penetrate the tough zone of Baylor to try to set up open teammates. Heslip will have to do more than just score. He needs to keep the backcourt for Xavier in check. His job in the zone will be to stop three point shots by the Xavier backcourt.

Xavier’s Kenny Frease, their center, must also come up big in this game. He scored 25 and pulled down 12 boards. With Baylor having such a strong frontline, Frease and his fellow big men need to at keep them in check.

This is Xavier’s fourth visit to the Sweet 16 in five years. However, their season will stop here. Baylor is too tough across their frontline and they have experience at guard. The current line has Baylor as a 6-point favorite with the total at 140. The Bears will punch their ticket to the Elite 8 in this one.

Pick: Baylor (-6) Total: OVER

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012 2012, march madness

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