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I am backing the Oregon Ducks -4 here against a middling Wisconsin team. At this point in the NIT the top seeds are still playing home games and Wisconsin hasn't played great on the road. The Badgers are 6-7 on the road this season both against the spread and straight up. The Ducks on the other hand are 17-6 straight up and 13-10 against the spread. KenPom ranks Oregon's home court advantage as the 28th best in the nation and I think it will have a big impact on this game.
Oregon has advanced to Round 3 after picking up wins against UC Irvine and UCF; both of these games were a breeze for the Ducks and were never in question. They will be tested more against a Power 5 Wisconsin team, but I still think they come away with an easy victory that covers the spread.
Wisconsin has advanced to the third round of the NIT tournament after collecting wins against Bradley and Liberty. Both these wins came fairly easy for the Badgers, although they were unable to cover the spread against Liberty. Both of these teams matched up fairly poorly with Wisconsin, which is a "slow down and play defense"-type of team.
The tables will turn when they travel to Eugene on Tuesday night. Oregon is a much more efficient offensive team than the Badgers have played so far. This will also be the Badgers first NIT game away from home. Wisconsin's strength has been their defense this season and Oregon even tops them on those metrics. Overall Wisconsin will be out manned and out gunned in this game.
I am backing the Ducks here and I think they can come away with an easy win. The Badgers have won six games since January and not played well against high level Big 10 competition. Oregon is hitting their stride and will have the motivation to try and win the whole NIT tournament.
I am taking a risk here and betting the plucky underdog on the moneyline against a favored SEC team. In terms of the history of the NIT Tournament this pick may not historically hit, but UAB isn't a normal NIT team.
UAB has one of the most high powered offenses in college basketball, especially when Jordan "Jelly" Walker is firing on all cylinders. The Blazers haven't been tested so far in the NIT as they have had a great draw in opponents so far. Facing both Southern Miss and Morehead State at home wasn't much a challenge for this team. They will be tested when they head to Nashville to play Vandy.
Vanderbilt on the other hand has played high level talent in Yale and Michigan, two teams who were thought to be NCAA Tournament locks in the preseason. Although these teams are much better than UAB, there does have to be a bit of a question around the motivation levels of Yale and Michigan. Two teams that may not be all that interested in playing in the NIT, while Vandy, who will take any type of championship they can get is highly motived.
On the year Vanderbilt has played a lot of high talent teams, they have wins against Pitt, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, and Kentucky. There are some really impressive conference wins plus a win against an NCAA Tournament team in Pitt, but this team also has some ugly loss. This season Vandy has dropped games to Southern Miss, Grambling State, and LSU, one of those teams UAB just handled easily in the NIT.
UAB's resume is not nearly as impressive as their two best wins were in conference against FAU and North Texas.
Luckily this game isn't played on paper and we are more than willing to risk a bet on the offensive explosiveness of UAB. Vanderbilt may be home and may have the better resume, but the best player in this game is on UAB.
: UAB ML vs. Vanderbilt. UAB has been absolutely dominant so far in the NIT, beating Southern Miss 88-60 and then Morehead State 77-59 to advance to this point. Vanderbilt beat Yale 71-62 and then squeaked by Michigan 66-65 to find themselves here. UAB ranks 50th in KenPom’s overall rankings while Vanderbilt ranks 80th and there’s a pretty noticeable disparity on the defensive end of the floor. UAB ranks 61st in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency while Vandy ranks 149th in that regard. Blazers guard Jordan Walker (23.2 points per game) will be the best player on the floor and I expect UAB to move on.
: Wisconsin-Oregon u134.5. I’m shocked that his number is as high as it is being these are two of the slowest teams in all of college basketball. The Badgers rank 348 in average possession length while the Ducks rank 222. Both teams like to walk the ball up the court and neither gets out in transition a whole lot. Oregon is the better offensive team thanks to its size, but both teams are extremely solid defensively and rely on their performance on that side of the ball to win games. The Badgers also lead the country in offensive turnover percentage, so they won’t be handing the Ducks too many extra possessions. Plus, our model has this as a five-star play!
: North Texas +5.5 vs. Oklahoma State. My favorite bet to win the NIT going into it was North Texas, as I thought they presented the most value at the number. They have been dominating their opponents so far, but now will take on Big 12 team Oklahoma State. While that is a step up in weight class for them, I think they are certainly capable of winning this game and moving on. I’ll take them here to cover.
: Eastern Kentucky ML vs. Charlotte (+185, DraftKings). Eastern Kentucky has won five of their last six games and Charlotte has only won three of their last six, so with Eastern Kentucky at plus-money, there is some serious value here. The best price is at DraftKings, the only place I found these odds as long as +185 and new users can pair this with the welcome offer to bet $5 and get $200 in bonus bets instantly! With this kind of value, don’t wait to get in on this!
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It is hard not to back the #1 overall team in the bracket. A Power 5 team has won the last five NIT Championships in a row. The remaining Power 5 teams are
- Oklahoma State
Out of these four teams. OK State is by far the best team. They have dropped some easy wins this year, but they may want to prove that they really were an NCAA Tournament snub. Oklahoma State is on the tougher side of the bracket but you know what they say, iron sharpens iron.
This pick may be a bit under the radar but we love the way this Oregon team is playing right now. You may be scratching your head because Oregon will have to take on Oklahoma State at some point on that side of the bracket, but Oregon is the second best team still in the NIT and it isn't very close.
Trust the Power 5 team data, they win this tournament year in and year out.
The smart bet is to bet the same amount on both Oregon and Oklahoma State, this way you are sure to profit if either team wins.
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The NIT is where the teams that just miss out on the NCAA Tournament get invited to play each other for the title of "best team to miss the NCAA Tournament." Some teams don't accept their invite to this event, but many do just to keep playing and have their season end with some type of recognition. Not only will BetQL have you covered through the entire NCAA Tournament, but will will also have all of our favorite picks for the NIT as well, so you will never miss a valuable bet no matter what sport you are betting on.
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The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a postseason college basketball tournament in the United States that takes place annually in March and April. It was first held in 1938 and is currently organized by the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association (MIBA).
The NIT is typically considered the second-most prestigious tournament in college basketball after the NCAA Tournament. It features teams that were not selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament, either because they did not receive an at-large bid or because they were not conference champions.
The tournament typically consists of 32 teams, with 16 teams receiving automatic bids by winning their conference regular season title but failing to win their conference tournament, and the remaining 16 teams being selected by the NIT Selection Committee. The tournament is single-elimination and is played at campus sites until the semifinals and championship game, which are held at a neutral site.
The NCAA Tournament and the NIT Tournament are both post-season college basketball tournaments in the United States, but there are some key differences between the two.
The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) selects its teams in a similar manner to the NCAA Tournament, but with some differences.
The NIT typically invites teams that did not receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament, either because they did not receive an at-large bid or because they were not conference champions. However, there are some automatic bids awarded to regular-season conference champions who did not receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
The NIT Selection Committee, which is composed of athletic directors and conference commissioners, uses a variety of criteria to select and seed the teams. These criteria include:
Once the Selection Committee has selected the 32 teams, they are seeded based on their overall strength and placed into a bracket for the single-elimination tournament. The higher-seeded team hosts the game in the early rounds of the tournament, and the semifinals and championship game are played at a neutral site.
The St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team has won the most National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championships, with a total of six titles. St. John's won its first NIT championship in 1943, and subsequently won titles in 1944, 1959, 1965, 1971, and 1989.
In addition to St. John's, several other college basketball teams have won multiple NIT championships. The City College of New York (CCNY) won the first two NIT tournaments in 1938 and 1939, and also won a third championship in 1950. The Bradley Braves have also won three NIT titles, in 1957, 1960, and 1982. The Michigan Wolverines, Minnesota Golden Gophers, and Virginia Cavaliers have each won two NIT championships.
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