Temple vs. Miami - 3/31/15 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (24-12) at Temple Owls (26-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Temple Owls +1 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls and the Miami Hurricanes face off on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden for the first Semi-Final of the NIT college basketball tournament.
The Temple Owls are 26-10 this season and they earned their spot in this game pounding La. Tech in their last game. Temple is averaging 66.1 points and they are shooting 39 percent while defensively they allow 61.2 points and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent. Will Cummings leads the Owls averaging 14.9 points per game. Quenton DeCosey is averaging 12.4 points, Jesse Morgan is averaging 12.1 points, and Jaylen Bond is averaging 7.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. Temple is 3-3 in neutral site games and 4-6 against teams with a RPI lower than 50.
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The Miami Hurricanes are 24-12 this season and they are coming off of a win at Richmond to land in this spot. Miami is averaging 68.6 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.4 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. Sheldon McClellan is averaging 14.4 points per game to lead the Hurricanes. Tonye Jekiri is averaging 8.7 points and 10.1 rebounds, Manu Lecomte is averaging 8.3 points, and Davon Reed is averaging 8.0 points. Miami is 402 in neutral site games and 2-7 against teams with a RPI lower than 50.
Temple is 11-2 against the spread following a win, 9-2 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six neutral site games. The under is 6-2 in games following a Miami win and 17-8-1 following a game that Miami covered the point spread.
With the total at 139 I would say the best chance for this game to go over would be for it to go to overtime and I don’t like that bet so my free pick here is the under. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the app.