New Orleans vs. Mount St. Mary’s, NCAA Men’s Division First Four, Basketball Betting Odds, Picks and Prediction

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NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS MOUNT ST. MARY’S MOUNTAINEERS
20-11 March 14, 6:40 PM | University of Dayton Arena 18-15
New Orleans vs Mount St. Mary’s, Las Vegas Betting Lines
When: 6:40 PM ET, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Tuesday, March 14th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST FOUR – UD Arena – Dayton, OH
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
541 –New Orleans Privateers +1½ -110 +105 Ov 131½ -110
542 –Mount St Mary’s Mountaineers -1½ -110 -125 Un 131½ -110

The New Orleans Privateers and the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at UD Arena.

ABOUT NEW ORLEANS (20-11): Southland Conference Player of the Year Erik Thomas has scored in double figures in every game this season and earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 16 points and seven boards in the Privateers’ two-game march through the league tournament. The 6-5 senior forward, who ranks first in the conference in field-goal percentage (59.1), second in scoring (19.5 points) and fifth in rebounding (7.8), posted his 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 boards in the title-game overtime win over Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Travin Thibodeaux (8.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, team-high 3.3 assists) – a 6-9, 242-pound forward – gives New Orleans an all-around inside presence, while senior guards Christavious Gill (11.6 points) and Nate Frye (10.3) join Thomas in double figures.

ABOUT MOUNT ST. MARY’S (19-15): The Mountaineers are led by their undersized backcourt duo of 6-0 guard Elijah Long (team-high marks of 15.4 points, NEC-high 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals to go along with 5.4 rebounds) and 5-5 Junior Robinson (14.1 points), who combined for 46 points in Tuesday’s 71-61 NEC title-game win over St. Francis (Pa.). Long was named the tournament MVP after averaging 21.7 points during Mount St. Mary’s three-game run and has recorded multiple steals in five straight games. The Mountaineers’ only other double-digit scorer is fellow guard Miles Wilson (11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds), a 6-5 freshman who posted 15 points and a season-high 10 boards for his first career double-double Tuesday.

Oddsmakers currently have the Privateers listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Mountaineers, while the game’s total is sitting at 131½.

A guaranteed berth to the NCAA Tournament appeared to be the unlikeliest of endings for Mount St. Mary’s after a woeful start, but an inspiring midseason turnaround has the Northeast Conference Champions in the Big Dance for the fifth time in school history. The Mountaineers attempt to continue their second-half surge Tuesday when they meet fellow East Region No. 16 seed New Orleans in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio.

Mount St. Mary’s paid the price for scheduling aggressively during its non-conference slate, going 1-11 during a stretch in which it faced six NCAA Tournament teams, highlighted by three conference tournament champions in Iowa State, Michigan and Bucknell. The Mountaineers’ fortunes changed immediately after their Dec. 19 loss to the Bison, however, as a rout of Coppin State three days later triggered an 18-4 finish. The Privateers ended a 21-year NCAA Tournament drought by claiming the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament title en route to posting their first 20-win campaign since 1996-97. The winner of this contest will face the tall task of trying to defeat No. 1 overall seed Villanova in Buffalo, N.Y. in first-round action Thursday.

Mount St. Mary’s won its last outing, a 71-61 result against Red Flash on March 07. They covered in that game as a -5-point favorite.

In their last action, New Orleans was a 68-65 winner at home against Islanders. They covered the -1.5-point spread as favorites.

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New Orleans:
Team record: 20-11 SU,2-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.

Mount St. Mary’s:
Team record: 19-15 SU,4-3 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.

COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. Since joining the conference in 1989-90, Long is only the third Mountaineer to be named first-team All-NEC and first since 2009-10.

2. New Orleans is first in the Southland in field-goal percentage (47.1), but its 138 made 3-pointers ranks third-to-last in Division I.

3. Mount St. Mary’s led the NEC in turnover margin (plus-1.8) but ranks 341st in Division I with a conference-worst minus-7.4 rebounding margin.

PREDICTION: Mount St. Mary’s 75, New Orleans 70

SMART CHART
NEWOR TEAM MTSTM
73.1 PTS FOR 68.2
69.3 PTS AGNST 68.8
3.8 DIFF. -0.6
23.7 DEF REBOUNDS 22.7
12.1 OFF REBOUNDS 7.6
47.1 FG% 44.6
71.2 FT% 66.9
4.5 3 POINTERS 7.3
7.8 STEALS 6.2
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
New Orleans’s Overall Scoring vs Mount St. Mary’s’s Overall Defense 73.1 181 68.8 92
New Orleans’s Away Scoring vs Mount St. Mary’s’s Home Defense 68.5 223 64.4 61
New Orleans’s Road Rebounds vs Mount St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.4 131 37.4 298
Mount St. Mary’s’s Overall Scoring vs New Orleans’s Overall Defense 68.2 289 69.3 103
Mount St. Mary’s’s Home Scoring vs New Orleans’s Road Defense 69.3 303 73.0 131
Mount St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds vs New Orleans’s Road Rebounds Allowed 30.9 340 34.0 83

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