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NIT Final Preview: Stanford Minnesota

The Stanford Cardinal will be slight favorites on the NIT odds menu when they clash with Minnesota Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Stanford ended the underdog run of UMass on Tuesday while the Golden Gophers upset Washington in college basketball action.

The NIT finals betting situation is complicated on a handicapping level by the neutral site at MSG. Neither team will enjoy much home-court support here on the East coast.

The Cardinal bring a 25-11 record (18-15 ATS) to this tilt against the 23-14 Golden Gophers, who are 19-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Stanford go 18-15 so far and the Golden Gophers go 17-17.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cardinal at No. 49 and the Golden Gophers at No. 110 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-70 result in favor of the Cardinal.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Stanford's No. 84 nationally ranked offense (71.7 points per game) against a Golden Gophers defense that sits as the No. 100 at 64.5 PPG. The Cardinal have been averaging 44.4% from the field, less than the Golden Gophers have managed so far this season (46.5% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Minnesota owns the country's No. 99-rated mark, allowing 67.2 points per game on the highway. Stanford, on the other hand, rates No. 103 in scoring at home.

Minnesota was a 68-67 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Washington. They earned a push of the 1-point spread as favorites. Minnesota got 20 points from Andre Hollins en route to a 68-67 victory over Washington on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

In their last action, Stanford was a 74-64 winner at home against Massachusetts. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Stanford earned a 74-64 victory over Massachusetts on Tuesday, getting 18 points from Anthony Brown at Madison Square Garden.