Valparaiso vs. St. Mary's - 3/22/16 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Mary's Gaels (29-5) at Valparaiso Crusaders (28-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)
The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -4.5 -- Over/Under: 131 See the Latest Odds
The Valparaiso Crusaders and the St. Mary’s Gaels face off on Tuesday in NIT college basketball action.
The Valparaiso Crusaders are 28-6 this season and they advanced to this game with wins over Florida State and Texas Southern. Valpo is averaging 75.7 points per game and they are shooting 43.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.1 points and their opponents are shooting 39.1 percent. Alec Peters leads the Crusaders averaging 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Keith Carter is averaging 10.2 points, Tevonn Walker is averaging 9.3 points, and Shane Hammink is averaging 9.0 points. Valpo is 16-1 at home and 12-3 in game outside of the Horizon League.
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The St. Mary’s Gaels are 29-5 this season and they advanced to this game with wins over New Mexico State and Georgia. St. Mary’s is averaging 74.3 points per game and they are shooting 51 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.1 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Emmett Naar leads the Gaels averaging 14.2 points and 6.4 assists per game. Dane Pineau is averaging 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds, Calvin Hermanson is averaging 11.1 points, and Joe Rahon is averaging 10.9 points. St. Mary’s is 7-3 on the road and 12-1 in games outside of the West Coast Conference.
Valparaiso is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, 2-7 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. St. Mary’s is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, 6-2 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record, and 5-2 against the spread following a win.
The total in this one has been on the rise and it is at 131 but I still see this one going over that and the over is my free pick.