Free CBB Hoops Pick: Crusaders vs Gaels Odds
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28-6 (0-1 N) Valparaiso Crusaders vs. 29-5 (2-1 N) St. Mary’s Gaels
2016 NIT Tournament – Quarterfinals
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Athletics Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Valparaiso -5
CBB Betting Total: 129.5
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The Crusaders were left out of the Big Dance this season. They had a fantastic regular season but they could not close the deal in the Horizon Tournament and thus are in the NIT where they have one of the top seeds.
This team has won their first two games by double digits beating Texas Southern and Florida State. I was impressed by the latter because I always think FSU is thisclose to busting out.
This is a very good Valpo team. Alec Peters is an underrated player nationally and a rare big man at this level who can score inside and out. He is on a run of 6 straight games with 20 or more points.
The Crusaders should get a game in this one.
That will mean that they will need somebody other than Peters to step up. 6’7″ guard Shane Hammink could be that guy.
He scored 18 against the Seminoles and has been better down the stretch.
St. Mary’s Gaels
After Valparaiso no other team generated as much discussion for being out of the Tournament than St. Mary’s. Their crime, not being able to beat Gonzaga when all of the chips were down.
They have also gotten to this point with relative ease beating Belmont and Georgia.
This is a very efficient team that knows what it wants to do and gets it done. Per usual they have gone Down Under for key contributors.
Emmett Naar may not look like much but the Aussie recruit is a heady PG who can make a shot and contribute all around the court. He had a double-double against the Bulldogs.
Dane Pineau may have a french sounding name but he is also from Australia and gives then a sturdy presence in the post. He averages 11/9 thanks to a patient game.
He also had a double-double against Georgia.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 36-16-1 in SMC last 53 road games.
- SMC are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Tue. games.
- Under is 11-5 in SMC last 16 non-conference games.
- Crusaders are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Crusaders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Crusaders are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Valparaise Crusaders vs. St. Mary’s Gaels CBB Prediction:
STM really got a slight as they did not even merit what was considered a top seed in the NIT. They are no the road for this one and it will be interesting to see how they respond. Opportunity to make a statement or are they checked out.
Valparaiso should be disappointed but at least their season is still going at this point. In front of their home fans they are at a definite advantage in this one.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Valaraiso Crusaders -5
These games are super difficult to handicap in terms of the care factor. My guess is that STM may have some give up in them if they are down in the later stages and that will enable the Crusaders to win out.
The Gaels are definitely good enough to get the road victory though. They have experience and play well together.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Valparaiso 70 – St. Mary’s 62
Look for this one to be very close throughout with the Crusaders pulling away for the cover in the last two minutes. Both had good seasons and this matchup is pretty even.
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