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NCAAB Pick Stanford Cardinal vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Betting Odds

The 2nd seed Stanford Cardinal from Region 3 face the top seed Old Dominion Monarchs from Region 4 in the semifinals of the NIT. Tip-off time is 10pm EST at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Old Dominion -2
Over/Under Total Line: 138.5

The Semi Finals of the NIT will finish up with No. 1 Old Dominion taking on No. 2 Stanford and the winner of this clash will face either Temple or Miami in the Championship Final. Old Dominion ranks 10th in the nation allowing just 56.8 points per game. The Monarch started the NIT with really solid defense allowing just 56 and 49 points to Charleston Southern and Illinois State respectively. Their quarter final match-up against Murray State things didn’t quite go as planned for the Monarch Defense as the Racers managed 69 points against many of them from the free throw line most of which were from 23 personal fouls by the Monarchs. Luck for Old Dominion only 50% of those possible points found the target.

Stanford finished the season ranked 56th in the nation scoring an average of 72.3 points per game and this is what have kept them going through the tournament. The offensive will have to click in this game if the Cardinals have any chance against the mighty defense of Old Dominion.

In their last games Old Dominion beat Murray State 72-69 and Stanford beat Vanderbilt 78-75.

Stanford lost 4 of their last 5 games during the regular season.

Old Dominion had their 6-game winning streak snapped in their loss in the Conference USA Tournament.

Old Dominion only faced 1 ranked teams this season and they won that game beating VCU.

Stanford played a much tougher schedule playing in the Pac 10 and on the season they are 2-5 facing ranked teams.

Old Dominion ranks 8th in the nation on defense giving up an average of 56.8 ppg.

Below are some key handicapping stats for this match-up with an against the spread pick from one of our professional sports handicappers.

SU and ATS Records

Stanford Cardinal: 22-13 SU / 15-19-1 ATS
Old Dominion Monarchs: 27-7 SU / 17-14 ATS

Betting Trends

• STAN is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
• STAN is 0-2 ATS in their last 2 neutral site games.
• STAN has an Under record of 6-4 in their last 10 games.
• ODU is 1-3 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
• ODU is 1-2 ATS in their last 3 NIT games.
• ODU has an Under record of 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Sagarin Rankings

Stanford Cardinal: 83.50
Old Dominion Monarchs: 80.67

Injury Reports

STANFORD

[G] 11/14/2014 – Malcolm Allen out indefinitely ( Wrist )
[C] 03/07/2015 – Schuyler Rimmer left the team ( Personal )
[C] 01/22/2015 – Grant Verhoeven out indefinitely ( Hip )

OLD DOMINION

NONE

** Pick by Expert Handicapper Rich Crew, preview written by staff writer**

NCAAB Pick

I like the Monarchs here. They knocked off two underrated teams in Murray State and Illinois State to make it to the semis of the NIT and have some statistical data to support their superior seasonal play. Sure the Cardinal come from the better conference and yes Stanford did have a couple of close games against some of the top Pac-12 teams in Oregon and Arizona, but those came at home. They’re a different team as a visitor or at neutral site with a record of just 6-10 on the season. The Monarchs have the better RPI (.5743 versus .5632), have a better record versus top 100 RPI ranked teams going 7-2 versus Stanford’s 5-9 and is definitely worthy of spread bet in this spot.

Take Old Dominion +2.5‏

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