The NIT Tournament continues with four second round games over national television on Monday March 20th to the satisfaction of college basketball bettors worldwide.
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The action begins from the NIT at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Illinois St Redbirds host the Central Florida Knights. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Illinois St Redbirds favored by -5 points with an over under line of 127 ½ points. Central Florida is one of the best defensive teams in all of college basketball as they limit opponents to 36.4% shooting. Illinois St defeated UC Irvine at home in the first round 85-71 covering as a ten point favorite.
On ESPNU at 8PM Eastern Time the UT Arlington Mavericks will be home to the Akron Zips. UT Arlington is favored by -5 points with the total lined at 153 ½ points. Akron won a road game at Houston in the first round of the NIT 78-75 as a 7 ½ point underdog. UT Arlington went on the road to BYU a tough place to play and won in the first round 105-89 as a 5 ½ point underdog.
At 9PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV the Illinois Fighting Illini has a home date with the Boise St Broncos. Illinois is favored by -7 ½ points with the total set at 145.5. Boise St advanced past the first round of the NIT by beating Utah on the road 73-68 as a 12 point underdog. Illinois crushed Valparaiso 82-57 at home as a 9 point favorite to open the NIT Tournament. Illinois fired their head coach prior to the start of the NIT Tournament.
The late night game tips at 11:15PM Eastern Time on ESPN 2 as the Colorado St Rams will be home to the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners. Colorado St is favored by -5 ½ points with the total lined at 129 ½ points. Colorado St beat College of Charleston to open the NIT at home 81-74 covering as a 4 ½ point favorite. Cal St Bakersfield a very good defensive team went on the road in an NIT first round game and defeated California 73-66 as a 6 ½ point underdog.