Exciting things are happening at the Vegas 16 Tourney. Today we preview ODU going up against Oakland. See my NCCA Basketball picks & preview inside.
ODU vs. Oakland
It is the definitive contrast in styles, when the ODU Monarchs meet the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in the Finals of the 2016 Vegas 16 Tourney. The game is scheduled for a 10:00 ET tip, as televised by CBC TV. Each of these teams enters tonight with comfortable victories in their first 2 contests. But how they did it, is oh so very different! The ODU wins were by scores of (75-59) against Tenn-Tech and (64-49) against UCSB. Oakland, conversely, defeated Towson (90-72) and ETSU (104-81).
As coached by 3rd year mentor, Jeff Jones (UVA, American), the Monarchs want to control the tempo and take a significant amount of their shots inside the 3-point arc. They did make an exception last night, when the Monarchs shot 8/27 (30%) from 3 point land. But, for the season, they average only 4 triples per game on under (14) 3 point attempts for only 30%. It is on the defensive end, where ODU makes its mark, allowing just 61 PPG on less than 40% shooting and only 31% from tripleville. Following a ragged 9-9 SU, 3-11 ATS beginning, ODU enters tonight on a run of 15-4 SU, 12-6 ATS, including 9-1 SU in their last 10 games. Since the start of post-season play, the Monarchs have allowed 5/6 opponents to score less than 60 points.
At the other end of the spectrum is an Oakland team coached by 32nd year HC Greg Kampe. His tenure in that regard trails only Boeheim of Syracuse and Coach K of Duke. The “MO” for the Golden Grizz is totally dichotomous to that of ODU. Oakland loves to push the pace, averaging 87 PPG on 46% shooting, while knocking down 40% of their triples, averaging 9 per game. The Grizz seal the deal with 77% foul shooting. Last night, Oakland held a narrow 2 point margin at the half against ETSU, but they erupted for 65 2nd half points. The final stats showed the Grizz making 15/34 3 pointers, converting 19/22 from the stripe, while turning the ball over a miniscule 6 times. Again leading the way was K. Felder with a triple/double of 29 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Max Hooper, who entered the game making all of his shots from outside the 3 point arc, scored 28 points in the romp.
Though Oakland appears to be a 94’ go-go team, the Grizz, with Felder orchestrating the offense, are remarkably efficient in the half court. If ODU gets their preferred tempo, they could eke out a narrow win in this matchup. But, Oakland has just a great of chance to win a close game and a far greater probability of a blowout win. I invite you to put the NCAA basketball odds in your favor and join me in my NCAA basketball picks on Oakland tonight.
Free NCAAB Pick: Oakland -1.5
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