SMU Mustangs versus Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA College Basketball Game Preview

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The NIT Championship game from college basketball on Thursday April 4th will feature the SMU Mustangs facing the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Mustangs and Golden Gophers will get things started from Madison Square Garden in New York City at 7PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV will provide the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds from the NIT title game available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the SMU Mustangs favored by -3 points with a total lined at 132 points. Those playing on SMU on the money line will lay -155 odds with the return on the underdog Minnesota Golden Gophers at +135 odds on the money line.

SMU enters the NIT title game with a record of 27-9 on the year. There are many who felt the Mustangs deserved entry into the NCAA Tournament as the club was a snub as the selection committee making the North Carolina St Wolfpack the final team in making the Mustangs the final team out. To their credit SMU have played well in their four games leading up to the final on Thursday. The opening game is always the toughest when you feel you get robbed from inclusion into the NCAA Tournament. In game one the Mustangs drew Big West conference champion the UC Irvine Anteaters and came away with the 68-54 and covering as a -9 ½ point wagering favorite. SMU is a very efficient college basketball game coached by Larry Brown. The team is 19th in shooting hitting 48.3% from the floor. The Mustangs defense allowing 38.3% shooting good for seventh best in college hoops. In the semifinals SMU defeats Clemson 65-59 as a -3 ½ point wagering favorite. Minnesota is 24-13 season to date and qualified for the NIT coming from a strong Big Ten conference. They had an easier path to Madison Square Garden as the Golden Gophers picked up home wins against High Point, Saint Mary’s and Southern Mississippi all at home in the early round. Minnesota needed overtime in the NIT Semifinals last Tuesday as they beat Florida St 67-64 as a +1 ½ point underdog.

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