NIT Championship Free Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Iowa as a 2.5-point favorite over Baylor, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 142 points. The Hawkeyes enter play with a 25-12 overall record while the Bears are 22-14 on the year.
LINE MOVEMENT: This game opened as a pick’em but the spread has been bet up to 2.5 at the majority of the online and Vegas sports books. As for the total, it opened at 139 and has been bet up to 141.5 or 142 depending on what book you view.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 59% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Iowa. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Baylor. According to the latest college basketball trends, the Bears are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. They’re also 5-1 against the number in their last six games versus a team with a winning straight up record and have the edge in both points per game and field goal percentage in this matchup. While Iowa’s defense and presence in the paint will be a challenge for Baylor, look for Pierre Jackson to take over this game and become the first player to lead a major conference in scoring (19.9) and assists (7).
2013 NIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: BAYLOR BEARS +2.5