Stanford vs. Miami - 4/2/15 NIT Final Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stanford Cardinal (23-13) at Miami Hurricanes (25-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes +1.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Miami Hurricanes meet Thursday night in the NIT Final.
The Stanford Cardinal look for a win after winning five of their last six games. On the season, Stanford is averaging 72.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 67.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Chasson Randle is averaging 19.4 points and three assists while Anthony Brown is averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. Stefan Nastic is the third double-digit scorer and Rosco Allen is dishing 1.2 assists. The Stanford Cardinal have five players averaging at least 6.3 points, and they’re shooting 72.7 percent from the line and 38.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in three of its last four games.
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The Miami Hurricanes look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. On the season, Miami is averaging 68.3 points on 43 percent shooting and is allowing 63.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Sheldon McClellan is averaging 14.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while Manu Lecomte is averaging 8.1 points and 1.8 assists. Davon Reed is grabbing four rebounds and Ja'Quan Newton is dishing 1.4 assists. The Miami Hurricanes have five players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 74.7 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Miami is allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in six of its last eight games. Tonye Jekiri and Angel Rodriguez are questionable with injuries.
The Cardinal are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Hurricanes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
I think Miami has too many athletes and bigs who can control the boards in this game. I like the Hurricanes to bring home the NIT title.