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Stanford vs. Old Dominion - 3/31/15 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Old Dominion Monarchs (27-7) vs. Stanford Cardinal (22-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 9:25 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs +2 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Stanford Cardinal and the Old Dominion Monarchs face off on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in a semi-final matchup in the NIT college basketball tournament.

The Stanford Cardinal are 22-13 this season and they earned their spot in this game by beating Vandy by three points in a hard fought battle. Stanford is averaging 72.7 points and they are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Chasson Randle leads the Cardinal averaging 19.3 points per game. Anthony Brown is averaging 15 points and 6.9 rebounds, Stefan Nastic is averaging 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Rosco Allen is averaging 7.7 points. Stanford is 2-2 in neutral site games, 1-9 against teams with a RPI number lower than 50, and they have played the 36th ranked schedule in the country.

Stanford vs. Old Dominion - 3/31/15 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Old Dominion Monarchs are 27-7 this season and they got to this game by beating Murray State in a tight one. ODU is averaging 65.1 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 56.8 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Trey Freeman leads the Monarchs averaging 17.1 points per game. Aaron Bacote is averaging 10.1 points, Jonathan Arledge is averaging 8.9 points, and Richard Ross is averaging 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. Old Dominion is 202 in neutral site games, 4-0 against the RPI top 50, and they have played the 138th ranked schedule in the country.

Stanford is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 6-1 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games. Old Dominion is 12-4 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games, 6-2 against the spread following a win, and 5-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread.

The total in this one has drifted down to 135 and while it has gone down by four and a half points, I still like the under with my free pick. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Under 135

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