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North Carolina Central vs. Miami - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami (21-12) vs. North Carolina Central (25-7)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (BankUnited Center)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The North Carolina Central Eagles and Miami Hurricanes meet Tuesday in the NIT at the BankUnited Center.

The North Carolina Central Eagles have lost just one game since the beginning of February. On the season, North Carolina Central is averaging 64.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting and is allowing 54.9 points on 36.7 percent shooting. Jordan Parks is averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while Anthony McDonald is averaging 13.1 points and 1.9 rebounds. Nimrod Hilliard is dishing 6.4 assists and Dante Holmes is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The North Carolina Central Eagles have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 36.6 percent from deep. Defensively, North Carolina Central is allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in 12 straight games.

North Carolina Central vs. Miami - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Hurricanes look for a win after winning six of their last nine. On the season, Miami is averaging 68.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Sheldon McClellan is averaging 14.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while Angel Rodriguez is averaging 12.2 points and four assists. Tonye Jekiri is grabbing 10.2 rebounds and Manu Lecomte is shooting 43.7 percent. The Miami Hurricanes have five players averaging at least 7.7 points, and they’re shooting 73.7 percent from the line and 36.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Miami is allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five of its last eight games.

The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Hurricanes are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games. 

I question Miami's motivation for this game. However, the Canes are by far the better team here and should criuse to a win if they actually show up. Give me MIA by double digits.  

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Miami Hurricanes -8

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