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Tusla vs. William & Mary - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

William & Mary (20-12) vs. Tulsa (22-10)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Reynolds Center)

The Line: Tulsa -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The William & Mary Tribe and Tulsa Golden Hurricane play Tuesday in the NIT at the Reynolds Center.

The William & Mary Tribe need a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 72 points on 48.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Marcus Thornton is averaging 19.9 points and three assists while Omar Prewitt is averaging 13.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. Terry Tarpey is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Sean Sheldon is dishing 2.2 assists. The William & Mary Tribe have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 73.4 percent from the line and 40.1 percent from deep. Defensively, William & Mary is allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in six of its last eight games.

Tusla vs. William & Mary - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look for a win after losing three of their last four games. On the season, Tulsa is averaging 64.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.5 points on 39 percent shooting. James Woodard is averaging 14.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while Shaquille Harrison is averaging 13.2 points and five rebounds. Rashad Smith is grabbing six rebounds and Rashad Ray is dishing 2.9 assists. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have four players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 64.7 percent from the line and 32.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four straight games.

The Tribe are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Golden Hurricane are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. 

Tulsa may not bother showing up for this game after feeling it deserves to be in the big dance. However, I think the Golden Hurricane have more pride than that. Assuming Tulsa comes out and plays inspired basketball, the home team should win rather easily. 

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