NIT Quarter Finals Top Picks: Who's Moving On?

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 5:41 PM UTC

All the No. 1 seeds have been vanquished from the NIT Tournament with second-seeded Illinois remaining as the highest seed to advance. Let’s review the NIT odds and predict which four teams will cover the number in quarterfinal action.

#6 Richmond vs. #4 TCU

March 21st 

TCU knocked off top dog Iowa 94-92 in an overtime thriller with Alex Robinson and Vladimir Brodziansky each bucketing 19 points in the victory. The Horned Frogs were cast by the NIT odds makers as 2 ½ point road dogs and delivered the mild upset in front of a rabid crowd full of Hawkeye fans. Where the Horned Frogs rely on a team concept, the Richmond Spiders are far more one-dimensional and give the ball to TJ Cline to carry the load. TCU will lock down on Cline and exploit a weak Richmond defense. The Frogs will be hunting for Spiders and delivering a solid cover in your NIT picks on Tuesday night.

Free NCAAB NIT Pick: TCU -7Best Line Offered: at BetPhoenix

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 #6 Georgia Tech vs. #5 Ole Miss

March 21st

We backed Ole Miss as eight-point road dogs to the Orange and they not only covered the number but won the game outright. The Rebels’ offense is on fire and if they continue to shoot the lights out, this Yellow Jackets’ defense will have no answers. Ole Miss has been proving the naysayers wrong all season and this is just another step towards establishing that college hoops is back in Rebels Nation. Lay it and like it.

Free NCAAB NIT Pick: Ole Miss -5 ½Best Line Offered: at Skybook

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#2 Illinois vs. #4 UCF

March 22nd

The Fighting Illini may have been seeded No.2 in their region but they have been blowing teams out like they are the top dog in the tournament. Illinois has covered the number in both their tournament victories over Valparaiso (82-57) and Boise State (71-56) as nine and eight point favorites respectively. Granted their opponent on Wednesday night will be a sturdier test but Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, and 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games. The Illini are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up victory, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS cover. The wrong team is favored here so grab the points.

Free NCAAB NIT Pick: Illinois +3 ½Best Line Offered: at BetPhoenix

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#8 CSU Bakersfield vs. #6 UT Arlington

March 22nd 

This is a matchup between two teams with something to prove. Neither school was expected to do much but here they are, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. I have liked UT Arlington all along and they seem to be playing on a different level after getting snubbed by the Big Dance selection committee. CSU Bakersfield has been the Cinderella story in this tournament after stunning top seed California and then rolling over No. 4 Colorado State 81-63. Nevertheless, we believe it’s midnight when they meet UT Arlington and this princess will turn into a pumpkin.

Free NCAAB NIT Pick: UT Arlington -6 ½Best Line Offered: at Betmania

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