College Basketball Betting Odds -- NIT: Southern Miss and Minnesota Battle For a Trip to the Big Apple


Game time for this pairing between representatives of Conference USA and the Big Ten is slated for 9 PM ET at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis. In the college basketball betting odds that have been placed on this game, Minnesota is a 4.5-point favorite. Final Score Network has the winner of this game!

Aside from Southern Miss and their quest for 30 victories, there is another interesting twist to this game. Richard Pitino is still alive for a post-season championship, as is his father Rick, who of course heads up the program at defending national champion Louisville. The son is in his first season as head coach of Minnesota, after a brief but rather successful tenure at Florida International, where he replaced Isiah Thomas.

As one might expect, there are some similarities between the way Minnesota plays and Louisville plays. Southern Miss hopes it is not that EXACTLY similar, because they went to Louisville earlier in the season and were destroyed by a 69-38 count. Certainly that style did not work for them.

That, of course, is not the end of it, because while Minnesota brings a lot of size to the table, in addition to guards Andre and Austin Hollins, who, unlike the Harrison twins at Kentucky, are not related, Southern Miss has experience to bring to the table, as it starts three seniors.

This is the kind of matchup that is very challenging for the basketball handicapper, but the Final Score Network is filled with experts at picking college basketball betting winners, and they ask you to give them the opportunity to guide you the rest of the way, right through to the Final Four!



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