With our top betting pick for Thursday we select from the college basketball NIT Tournament championship game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers out of the Big Ten conference and the Stanford Cardinal representing the PAC 12 conference. The NIT Tournament championship game is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time from Madison Square Garden in New York City and its ESPN with the live national television broadcast. With our NCAA college basketball best bet we will play on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at a pick against the Stanford Cardinal. This betting line is available at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The betting odds from the NIT Tournament championship game opened up at a pick with an over under of 131 points. Early money from the bettors has landed on the Big Ten conference school as the Minnesota Golden Gophers are favored by-1 ½ points at some online sportsbooks while you can still find this game lined at a pick in select offshore betting outlets. The total has moved up to a current over under of 132 points. With the game lined at a pick the money line return on a bet on either side will be -110 odds.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers has been impressive in this NIT Tournament with three wins on road courts and in the semifinal game on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden they defeated PAC 12 conference regular season champion the Washington Huskies 68-67 in overtime. The Golden Gophers have shot the ball extremely well in this NIT Tournament. In their first three rounds of the tournament the Golden Gophers converted on 49% or better and at Madison Square Garden the club connected on 44.1% from the floor in victory. Minnesota put on a very good defensive performance on a pretty good Washington Huskies teams on Tuesday as they allowed just 37.1% shooting to their opponent. Guard Andre Hollins has stepped up his game with 24 points at Middle Tennessee St in the quarterfinals and 20 points and five assists in the win on Tuesday night.
The Stanford Cardinal greatly benefitted in this NIT Tournament as a #1 seed playing three of their four games on their home court. They defeated Massachusetts in the semifinals but it was more the Minutemen losing the game based on horrific shot making with 33.8% shooting in the huge arena at Madison Square Garden. Stanford also shot poorly in the semifinal game at MSG as the club survived 36.9% from the floor and 5 of 16 coming from the three point line. Helping our cause on the Golden Gophers is the fact the Cardinal ranks 262nd in all of college basketball from the free throw line as the club makes just 66.5% on the year. It’s also hard to back Stanford against a Big Ten team based on an in season loss at a very bad Utah team this season. Take the Golden Gophers tonight based on their better shooting from the field, free throw line conversions and defensive rebounding strength. Before you place your winning bet from the NIT Tournament be sure you redeem sportsbook promotion codes.