Spartans vs. Buffaloes Prediction
The eighth-seeded Norfolk State Spartans will meet the fourth-seeded host Colorado Buffaloes tonight in the second round of the NIT Tournament. Can Norfolk State manage to stay within the number as the big underdogs in this matchup?
Monday, March 25, 2019
CU Events Center at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Buffaloes are a 14-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 147 points. As of Monday afternoon, 62 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Norfolk State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Spartans stun Crimson Tide
Norfolk State earned an 80-79 overtime victory Wednesday night at top-seeded Alabama in the first round of the NIT Tournament. The Spartans (22-13) received two free throws from Derrik Jamerson Jr. with 17 seconds left in OT to put them ahead for good. Norfolk State trailed 35-28 at halftime, but outscored the Crimson Tide 39-32 in the second half and 13-12 in the extra session. Jamerson Jr. paced the Spartans with 25 points off the bench on 8-of-14 shooting including 7-of-13 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Nic Thomas contributed 15 points, four steals and three boards. Steven Whitley tallied 13 points, seven caroms, seven dimes and four steals. Jordan Butler added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Buffaloes hold off Flyers
Colorado picked up a 78-73 home win Tuesday night over Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buffaloes (22-12) outscored the Flyers 41-38 in the second half to secure the victory. Colorado shot 27-of-61 from the field, 8-of-21 from 3-point range plus 16-of-18 at the free throw line. McKinley Wright led the Buffaloes with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point distance plus 5-of-5 at the charity stripe. He also notched five assists, three rebounds and two steals. D'Shawn Schwartz also scored 19 to go with five boards and two assists. Tyler Bey added 14 points and 12 caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last six Monday games. Norfolk State is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five games following an ATS win.
The Buffaloes are 0-4 ATS in their last four Monday games. Colorado is 7-1 ATS in its last eight home games.
It's difficult to trust any Pac-12 team as this big of a favorite, aside from maybe the red-hot Oregon Ducks with the way they are playing. But the fact of the matter is Colorado is pretty stingy defensively and the Spartans are a poor offensive team, not a good combination especially when adding in the fact the Buffaloes have been covering spreads on their home court. Norfolk State had a huge performance at Alabama, which got Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson fired, but I don't see the same thing happening here. Give the points and take the Buffs.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: COLORADO BUFFALOES -14.5