NIT Finals Prediction: UMASS vs Ohio State

April 3rd, 2008

UMASS (25-10) vs Ohio State (24-13)

7:00 PM ESPN

On the most part, this year's NIT has been relatively bland with home teams and favorites winning most of the games. UMASS is somewhat of a surprise since they did have to win a road team to get to the semifinals (Syracuse) and then knocked off a BCS favorite at MSG (Florida). While the Minutemen have had a nice run.. Ohio State is my choice to win the title. The Buckeyes were CHN's favorite to win the tourney to begin with, so I'm sticking with them. One simple reason is that though UMASS beat Syracuse & Florida to get here, OSU had no problems with those teams earlier in the year, beating Florida by 13 and Syracuse by 14. Ohio State is a better team now as they've found a condensed rotation (ie, not as much Diebler Terwilliger) and more consistent play from their leaders. Kosta Koufous is shooting an impressive 69% over the last 5 games.  For UMASS, they haven't been winning with the ease of OSU, but the emergence of Dante Milligan (in the final weeks of his career no less) has helped overcome some offensive struggles by leader Gary Forbes.  Ohio State is 3.5 point favorites, and I like them straight up and against the line.

Prediction: Ohio State



Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 110-66)

April 1st - UMASS vs Florida (2-0)

March 24th - Dayton at Illinois State (3-0)

March 23rd - Davidson vs Georgetown (2-1)

March 21st - Davidson vs Gonzaga (0-3)

March 19th - New Mexico at California (1-2)

March 18th - Mt St Mary's vs Coppin State (2-1)

March 14th - Kansas vs Texas (2-1)

March 14th - St. Joseph's vs Temple (1-2)

March 13th - Ohio State vs Michigan State (2-1)

March 12th - Arizona State at USC (2-1)

March 12th - Syracuse vs Villanova (2-1)

March 11th - IUPUI at Oral Roberts (3-0)

March 10th - Gonzaga at San Diego (1-2)

March 9th - Florida at Kentucky (1-2)

March 8th - UNC at Duke (2-1)

March 5th - Tennessee at Florida (2-1)

March 4th - UNLV at New Mexico (3-0)

March 3rd - Texas Tech at Kansas (3-0)

March 2nd - Clemson at Maryland (1-2)