NIT Basketball Betting Matchup: TCU Horned Frogs vs. UCF Knights

NIT Basketball Betting Matchup: TCU Horned Frogs vs. UCF Knights
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 28 – 9 PM ET
Site: Madison Square Garden – New York
TV Coverage: ESPN

Basketball Betting Odds at BetAnySports

Pointspread: TCU -2.5
Total: 132 points

The Central Florida Knights had their best season in a dozen years under first-your coach Johnny Dawkins, and they did it by playing defense. Of course, it helps if you have a genuine aircraft carrier in the middle, and that is exactly what they bring into their semi-final matchup in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) against the TCU Horned Frogs, which will begin at 9 PM ET on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. ESPN will televise this live, and BetAnySports and Pay Per Head Guide customers, who enjoy a lot of amenities, including great Asian online casino action with three no-download options and Bitcoin deposits, can also place wagers during the event itself by accessing the state-of-the-art software of Live Betting Ultra.

NIT Basketball Betting Matchup: TCU Horned Frogs vs. UCF Knights

TCU is a team that went through a rugged slate in the Big 12, registering victories over Iowa State and Kansas State, as well as Illinois State, a team that UCF beat in the NIT, in a non-conference tilt on November 21. The Frogs may have had an opportunity to get an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, but they lost seven straight games to close out the regular season, and some of those were heart-breakers, including one point defeats to Kansas State and West Virginia. Even an upset of #1-rated Kansas in the Big 12 conference tournament was not enough to get them an invite to the Big Dance. So they have made the most of it in the NIT, under Jamie Dixon, an alumnus who was formerly the coach at Pittsburgh.

UCF plays in the American Athletic Conference, losing to SMU in that league’s tournament. That is the only game in the last 10 where they have come up short. The Knights have chalked up a +8.7 rebounding margin, allowed opponents to hit only 36.3% from the field (including just 39.7% from two-point range, best in the nation) and have held six of their last 13 opponents below 36%. They are rather deliberate, ranking 276 in Adjusted Tempo, but you can afford to be slow when you have a 7-6 center guarding the rim. Tacko Fall, from Senegal, is 7-6 and a shot-altering machine who also shoots 72%, albeit from short-range. So far in this tournament, he has hit 14 of 21 field goals, with seven blocked shots and 32 rebounds.

BetAnySports patrons know that his primary responsibility will be to keep Vladimir Brodziansky away from the basket. That could be easier said than done, because Brodziansky happens to be one of the better inside scorers in the Big 12, making second-team all-conference and averaging 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds on the season. Brodziansky can also be a defensive presence, as he averaged 2.2 blocks on the season. And there is also some support up front from Kenrich Williams, who had a triple-double against Richmond in the quarter-final game and averages 9.4 rebounds. TCU prides itself on being the only Big 12 team left playing right now.

One thing to keep in mind is that Dawkins has had a lot of success in this tournament, going 14-1 over the course of his career. That includes two NIT titles, in 2012 and 2015, when he was the coach at Stanford. So he knows his way around when it comes to the Garden.

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