Eagles to fly past Wolf Pack?
Nevada rode its up-tempo offense all the way to the CBI title series, but will that blistering pace hold up against Morehead State’s ultra-physical front line?
Ellis T. Johnson Arena should house the answer – or, at minimum, some sense of the endgame – tonight. The Wolf Pack and Eagles tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET in a best-of-three championship matchup.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Morehead State embodies a 5-point favorite. The over/under total rests at 144.
With Marqueze Coleman finally back in the driver’s seat, though, Nevada (22-13) seems to have found a different gear. In last week’s 86-72 semifinal victory over Vermont, the senior guard returned from a protracted absence (high ankle sprain) to score 20 points. The Wolf Pack also shot 53 percent collectively.
The Eagles (22-12) prefer to conduct business in a different way. They force 14.9 turnovers per contest, ranking 32nd in the country, and hold the fourth-best figure for offensive rebounds. With wins in 10 of the last 11 games, too, Sean Woods’ group happens to be operating at maximum efficiency when it matters most.
Nevada’s last true road tilt came on March 2 at Boise State – a 19-point defeat. Still, the Wolf Pack’s backcourt assets promise to create enough difficult matchups to confound Morehead State for the majority of this opening affair.
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