NIT Betting Preview: Missouri State at Miami FL

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is over but the college basketball action continues on Monday night when the Missouri State Bears take on the Miami Hurricanes in the second round of the NIT (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Both teams are coming off nice wins in the first round as Missouri State (26-8 SU, 16-15-2 ATS) took out Murray State 89-76 as 9-point favorites while Miami (20-14 SU, 15-13-1 ATS) routed Florida Atlantic 85-62 as a 9.5-point chalk.

Miami is listed as a 4.5-point favorite at and the total is set at 134. On the moneyline, the Hurricanes are -200 and the Bears are +170.

The Bears got 23 points from Jermaine Mallett in their win over Murray State. Four other Missouri State players also scored in double figures.

Missouri State is getting used to the postseason and they have done well under head coach Cuonzo Martin. The Bears won the CBI tournament last year so they are now 5-0 under Martin in the postseason.

This will be the seventh time in history that Missouri State has played a team from the ACC – the Bears are 2-4 in their previous six games vs. the ACC. This will be the first-ever game against Miami.

Miami got 23 points from Malcolm Grant and 20 rebounds from Reggie Johnson in their rout of Florida Atlantic. Not many fans showed up for Miami’s opening round win but it should be a better crowd on Monday since this game is on ESPN.

The Hurricanes are now 13-4 (7-8 ATS) at home this season.

Here are some key college basketball betting stats for Monday’s game:

The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last five Monday games. The Bears are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Bears are 12-26 ATS in their last 38 games as a road underdog.

The Hurricanes are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Hurricanes are 29-8 ATS in their last 37 non-conference games. The Hurricanes are 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games. The Hurricanes are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as a home favorite.

The over is 7-0 in the Bears’ last seven road games. The over is 5-0 in the Bears’ last five non-conference games. The under is 4-1 in the Bears’ last five overall.

The over is 4-1 in the Hurricanes’ last five home games.

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