IPFW vs. San Diego State Prediction
Motivation could be a problem for two-seed San Diego State tonight when it hosts IPFW in the first round of the NIT tonight at 10:00PM ET on ESPN3.
The Aztecs are currently a 9.5-point favorite to beat the Mastodons tonight while the total sits at 143 points according to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI. San Diego State had opened as an 11.5-point favorite before the number dropped, while the total opened at 142.5 before being bet up.
San Diego State thought it would be playing later this week in the NCAA Tournament and instead, it takes on IPFW tonight in the NIT. Motivation will be an issue for Steve Fisher’s squad and if the Aztecs come out flat, the Mastodons are good enough to keep things close throughout. In fact, tonight is viewed as a golden opportunity for IPFW to put itself on the map so the Mastodons will play with urgency.
While San Diego State is 0-3-1 against the spread in its last four non-conference games, IPFW is 4-1 aginast the spread in its last five games coming off a loss. The Mastodons are also 17-4-1 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS loss, are 36-14-2 ATS in their last 52 road games and are 43-17-2 against the number in their last 62 games overall.
TUESDAY NIT FREE PICK: IPFW MASTODONS +9.5