Free NIT Picks & NIT Bracket Schedule For March 13th, 2012

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The first round of the NIT gets started on Tuesday night, and here at Cappers Info, we are making our NIT picks for the games that are at hand on the NIT schedule.

NIT First Round Matchup: Massachusetts Minutemen @ Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 7:00 ET
Location: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, MS
NIT Live Odds: Mississippi State -7.5
NIT TV Schedule: ESPN2

Give me a break, oddsmakers. Sure, the Minutemen aren’t nearly as strong as the Bulldogs probably are, but do you think that MSU really wants to be here in the NIT, especially after losing six of its last eight games? We think not. UMass was able to topple Temple in the A-10 tourney, and it might dismiss the Bulldogs on their home court tonight.

NIT Free Pick: Massachusetts +7.5

NIT First Round Matchup: Stony Brook Seawolves @ Seton Hall Pirates
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 7:15 ET
Location: Prudential Arena, Newark, NJ
NIT Live Odds: Seton Hall -10.5
NIT TV Schedule: ESPN3.com

Here we go again… The Pirates are favored by double digits in a game that they might not really want to play in. We have seen it time and time again that these teams like Stony Brook that should be overmatched come on the road and log big time wins. This might not be an exception either.

NIT Free Pick: Stony Brook +10.5

NIT First Round Matchup: Dayton Flyers @ Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 7:30 ET
Location: Carver Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA
NIT Live Odds: Iowa -4.5
NIT TV Schedule: ESPN

Poor Dayton got kicked out of UD Arena by the First Four, and now, it has to go on the road and take on an Iowa team that is hot as could be, especially in this arena. Though we know that the Flyers are the better team, the Hawkeyes are going to be rocking to be back at home for one final game. They’ll get the job done against the seemingly perennial NIT challengers.

NIT Free Pick: Iowa -4.5

NIT First Round Matchup: Savannah State Tigers @ Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 8:00 ET
Location: Thompson Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
NIT Live Odds: Tennessee -13.5
NIT TV Schedule: ESPNU

Now, here’s the difference between Tennessee and the rest of the top seeds in the NIT: This is a team that really wants to be here in this tournament. The Vols have been as hot as could be in the second half of the season, and we think that they are the best and most motivated team in this field. They should prove it by spanking Savannah State on Tuesday night.

NIT Free Pick: Tennessee -13.5

NIT First Round Matchup: Akron Zips @ Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 9:00 ET
Location: Ryan Arena, Evanston, IL
NIT Live Odds: Northwestern -7
NIT TV Schedule: ESPN2

Northwestern missed the NCAA Tournament once again (surprise, surprise…), and now, it knows that this is likely to be its last home game of the year. The Wildcats are good enough to beat anyone in this field, and we are going to lay the touchdown in this one, knowing that John Shurna and the gang aren’t going to want to give up in their final game at Ryan Arena.

NIT Free Pick: Northwestern -7

NIT First Round Matchup: Marshall Thundering Herd @ Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 9:15 ET
Location: Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, TN
NIT Live Odds: Middle Tennessee State -6
NIT TV Schedule: ESPN3.com

We have a real question as to why MTSU is favored in this game. Marshall is the better team in our eyes, and the Herd are definitely playing better ball now than the Blue Raiders are. Middle Tennessee was toppled by both Western Kentucky and Arkansas State of late, and we’re not so sure that it should be laying points to a solid C-USA team either.

NIT Free Pick: Marshall +6

NIT First Round Matchup: LSU Tigers @ Oregon Ducks
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 9:30 ET
Location: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
NIT Live Odds: Oregon -7.5
NIT TV Schedule: ESPN

Thank goodness that this is the ESPN game, as we just love that new Oregon court. LSU is just way too far away from home in this one to be able to fight with the Ducks. If the U of O wanted to prove that it was good enough to be in the dance, this is a game that it should waltz through, especially here at Matthew Knight Arena.

NIT Free Pick: Oregon -7.5

NIT First Round Matchup: Texas Arlington Mavericks @ Washington Huskies
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 10:00 ET
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA
NIT Live Odds: Washington -9
NIT TV Schedule: ESPNU

Will Washington truly care about being an NIT team this year? We know if it does, it is going to be a force to be reckoned with, as this is a team with a ton of talent that can beat virtually anyone in the land. The Mavericks had a great year, but they really probably aren’t all that great of a team. We’ll trust the Huskies to win this one by double digits, knowing that it should be a team that can win the NIT.

NIT Free Pick: Washington -9

NIT First Round Matchup: Cleveland State Vikings @ Stanford Cardinal
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 11:00 ET
Location: Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, CA
NIT Live Odds: Stanford -7
NIT TV Schedule: ESPN3.com

The Cardinal won a lot of games this year, but they won a lot of games against no one in particular. That being said, Cleveland State really isn’t a great team either, especially without Norris Cole for the first year. Stanford should be able to hold serve at home by at least the touchdown to represent in the Pac-12.

NIT Free Pick: Stanford -7

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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