The 24-11 BYU Cougars will face the 21-14 Baylor Bears in an NIT Tournament semifinal in a college basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Madison Square Garden in New York City is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN2.
The NIT Tournament college basketball odds from this game have the Baylor Bears favored by -3 points with an over under line of 153 points.
BYU has a neutral court record of 0-3 on the year. BYU began play in the NIT Tournament with a 90-71 victory against the Washington Huskies as a -6 point betting favorite. They then hosted the Mercer Bruins and earned the 90-71 victory as a -8 ½ point favorite. The Cougars are coming off the 79-62 road NIT quarterfinal victory against the top seeded Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game finished under 151 points. BYU stormed out to the 40-29 lead at the half. They shot 44.6% from the floor and connected on 11 of 27 three pointers. The Cougars held Southern Miss to just 33.3% from the floor along with only 4 of 17 from three point distance. BYU pulled down five more rebounds and benefited as the Golden Eagles missed 11 of 27 free throws. Tyler Haws led BYU with 25 points and five rebounds on 11 of 22 shooting. The Cougars are 10th in the nation in scoring offense with 77.3 points a game.
The Baylor Bears are 2-2 playing at neutral site locations. In a first round NIT contest Baylor pounded the Long Beach St 49ers 112-66 as a -12 ½ point favorite. They followed up with an 89-86 home victory against the Arizona St Sun Devils as a -8 ½ point favorite. In an NIT quarterfinal game it was Baylor with the 79-68 victory against the Providence Friars as a -8 point betting favorite. The game came in at under 150 points. It was a big second half for Baylor as they break a half time tie by outscoring the Friars 41-30 in victory. They enjoyed a 51.9% shooting game and made 3 of 9 from three. Baylor gave up 46.8% from the field to Providence along with 4 of 18 from beyond the arc. The Bears took good care of the basketball with only five turnovers. Cory Jefferson led Baylor with 26 points as he made 10 of his 14 shots. Baylor is also a high scoring team with an average of 76 points a game good for 21st in all of college basketball.