A spot in the championship game of the 2022 NIT will be on the line when the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the Xavier Musketeers collide in a NIT semifinal on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. St. Bonaventure (23-9) reached the Final Four of the NIT with a 52-51 victory over Virginia in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile Xavier (21-13) survived a 75-73 battle with Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four.
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. (See up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page.)
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The model knows that Osun Osunniyi is a defensive force for St. Bonaventure. A 6-foot-10 senior from Pleasantville, N.J., Osunniyi leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks 10th in the country in blocks per game (2.90) while also averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. For his efforts this season he was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
The model also knows that the Musketeers' 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.
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