Marshall vs. Presbyterian - 3/26/19 NCAA - CIT Quarterfinal College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Presbyterian at Marshall
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Henderson Center)
Marshall Thundering Herd -5 -- O/U: 168
The Presbyterian Blue Hose and the Marshall Thundering Herd meet in a CIT quarterfinals matchup in college basketball action from the Henderson Center on Tuesday night.
The Presbyterian Blue Hose come into the quarterfinals after taking down Robert Morris in the second round, defeating the Colonials by a final score of 77-70. Francois Lewis and Adam Flagler tied for the team-high with 19 points apiece, with Lewis shooting 7 of 11 with 5 threes while Flagler added 3 triples and an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line. JC Younger added 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 5 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Presbyterian in the win. Cory Hightower added 9 points with a team-high 9 rebounds while Davon Bell chipped in 5 points with a team-high 11 assists and 4 steals as well in the win. Flagler leads Presbyterian in scoring with 15.7 points per game while Hightower leads the Blue Hose on the glass with 6.3 rebounds per game and Bell is Presbyterian’s leading assist man with 6.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Presbyterian is averaging 78.6 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the arc and 72.8% from the foul line this season.
The Marshall Thundering Herd punched their ticket to the quarterfinals after earning a 78-73 win over IUPUI in their last outing. C.J. Burks led the Herd with 25 points on 10 of 20 shooting while Jon Elmore added 22 points with 5 threes and team-highs of 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the double-double. Taevion Kinsey chipped in 16 points with 7 reounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Marshall in the win while Jarrod West added 4 steals. Elmore leads Marshall with an average of 20.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Marshall is averaging 80.1 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line this season.
Presbyterian is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win. Marshall is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
Presbyterian has been an extremely profitable play in their non-conference outings, but I’m a bit weary of the Blue Hose here, especially after playing on Sunday and then having to play another road game against a very good Marshall team a couple of days later. Marshall has been up and down at home, but the Herd have gone 13-3 SU at home and are outscoring teams by 7.8 points per game on their own floor this season. There’s also a distinct rest advantage here with Marshall getting a second round bye, so I’ll lay the points with the more rested team and side with Marshall here.