NIT Basketball Betting: San Diego State Aztecs vs. George Washington Colonials (3/29)
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 29 – 9:30 PM ET
Site: Madison Square Garden – New York
TV Coverage: ESPN
Basketball Betting Odds from BetAnySports
Pointspread: San Diego State -3.5
Total: 132.5 points
It would seem on the surface like the game between the George Washington Colonials and the San Diego State Aztecs, scheduled for Tuesday night in the semi-finals of the NIT, is a matchup of great offense versus great defense. But like most things, it’s a little more nuanced than that. You can’t get this far without playing well on both ends of the floor, and as we take a closer look at things, both of these clubs have stepped up in those areas. This game is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, which is where the “final four” of this tournament is played every year. And if you are signed up with BetAnySports, you can enjoy Live Betting Extra, which allows you to take advantage of the opportunity to place wagers in real time against the basketball betting odds.
San Diego State comes into this game with a record of 28-9 straight-up and 17-13-3 against the basketball pointspread. They have a pretty balanced lineup, although if you asked head coach Steve Fisher, who once won a national championship with Michigan, he would like to see something extra out of freshman guard Jeremy Hemsley, who has been somewhat slow coming around after an injury. He averaged 12.2 points per game this season. It’s a pretty solid frontline, consisting of Malik Pope, Skyler Spencer and Winston Shepard, but all indications are that the Aztecs may have their hands full with George Washington’s center, Kevin Larson, a native of Denmark who has averaged 18 points and five assists during this tournament. The real go-to guy in the quarterfinal game against Florida, however, was Tyler Cavanaugh, who hit four triples and had 23 points on the evening. And George Washington came up with a scheme to thwart the Gators’ big man, Dorian Finney-Smith, limiting him to just nine points and thus throwing a monkey wrench into the Florida offense.
BetAnySports customers should keep some things in mind. One of them is that George Washington, which averaged a shade under 76 points per game, has averaged 84 in its three NIT contests. And San Diego State, which shot 42% as a team coming into this event, has surpassed that each of the three games they have played in the NIT. They are also 26-1 when they score more than 67 points, so you have to wonder whether they would really be bothered playing at a brisker pace than usual. They certainly weren’t hampered all that much against Washington a couple of games ago, as they got some revenge over the Huskies for humiliating loss last season. The Aztecs scored only 36 points against Washington last season, but they were 93-78 winners this time around, holding U-Dub to just 38% shooting. In only two of the last 11 games has San Diego State’s opponent shot as high as 30% from beyond the three-point arc.
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