Miami Hurricanes vs. Stanford Cardinal NIT Championship - 4/2/15 College Basketball 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 +2 -- Over/Under: 135.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Hurricanes battle the Stanford Cardinal in the NIT championship at MSG on Thursday.
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The Stanford Cardinal have generally played well at both ends of the floor during the NIT and did so once again as their defense put the clamps on Old Dominion in a 67-60 semifinal victory. The Cardinal settled for a six point lead at the break despite blowing a 21 point bulge. The Monarchs were limited to just 34% shooting which negated a whopping 22 extra looks at the basket with a 3-19 effort on threes hurting them. Stanford connected on 48.7% of their looks with eight more free throws being decisive. Chasson Randle paced the offense with a contest 24 points followed by Stefan Nastic adding 17 points and six boards. Anthony Brown scored 14 points while Marcus Allen netted eight points with the rest of the team accounting for four points.
The Miami Hurricanes have not gotten much respect in the postseason thus far and some of that has to do with Angel Rodrigues and his ailing wrist being out. Things got worse when Tonye Jakeri took an elbow to the first half versus Temple and suffered a concussion. The Hurricanes did persevere to win behind a suffocating defense by a 63-60 count against Temple the NIT semifinals. The Owls couldn’t make a shot to save their life at 30% accuracy with a 2-19 performance from beyond the arc doing them in. That made the Hurricanes 39% marksmanship golden as it added up to four more baskets and four more bombs. Sheldon McClellan led a balanced attack with 16 points and eleven rebounds with JaQuan Newton netting nine points. Deandre Burnett was next in line with eight points while five players added between 4-6 points.
The Cardinal are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Stanford are 10-26 ATS in their last 36 Thursday 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 eight Thursday contests. Stanford should be favored with two starters hurt for Miami but I would think it would be bigger. This spread looks like a trap but if assuming the Canes get somebody back I’ll back the more physical squad...