Despite failing to reach the tournament under Coach Travis Steele so far in his short tenure, Xavier looks primed to make a push to get back to the Big Dance.
Regardless of on-court results, Xavier has always been a basketball school and garnered plenty of interest from bettors.
Until the 1980s, Xavier only appeared in one NCAA Tournament. The Musketeers were a fairly consistent tournament-team throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, but their best seasons came after the turn of the century.
Thad Matta coached the team to an Elite 8 in 2004 before leaving to coach Ohio State an hour and a half across the state.
Sean Miller took over and he also took the Musketeers to the Elite 8 as a 3-seed a few years later. That tied Xavier’s highest seed ever in an NCAA Tournament.
After Miller came Chris Mack who elevated the program to heights it had never seen. Before taking the head coaching job at Louisville, Mack and the Musketeers secured a 2-seed in 2016 and a 1-seed in 2018.
Ironically, it was the 11-seeded 2017 team led by Trevon Bluiett that made another Elite 8 run. Both the 2016 and 2018 teams were bounced in the second round.
Despite the consistent success in the 21st century, Xavier has not yet won a national championship or made it to the Final Four.
A common wager typically placed on a basketball game is the spread. Lets take a look at example of a game between Xavier and Cincinnati:
In this heated rivalry game, Xavier is favored by 6.5 points over Cincinnati. If Xavier wins by 7 or more, they’ll cover the spread and cash Xavier -6.5 tickets.
If Xavier wins by fewer than 7, or loses, Cincinnati covers the spread.
Betting in Ohio
Thankfully, retail and online sports betting are legal in Ohio as of December 2021. Unfortunately, it’s not yet up and running.
Although Governor DeWine signed a bill into law that legalizes betting, the Ohio Casino Control Commission still has to draw up regulations before the activity is launched statewide.
As a result, it’s unclear exactly how customers will experience retail and online betting when it’s first launched.
There has even been speculation that Ohio could offer limited betting in grocery stores, bars, and restaurants to make it more accessible.
Regardless of how it’s rolled out, sports betting will be live by January 1, 2023 according to the bill signed into law.
We assume top sportsbooks such as FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM will make their way into the Ohio market, but for now know you can't wager on mobile apps just yet!