Let's take a look at Presbyterian plus the points tonight against Marshall in CIT action, as we're dealing with a live underdog.
We're in the quarterfinals, and the Blue Hose just may make a name for themselves tonight, if they can go into Huntington and win outright.
While Marshall has been dormant, and had the second round off, Presbyterian roll in after a 77-70 win at Robert Morris CIT second round.
Three Blue Hose are averaging in double-digits, led by Adam Flagler with 15.8 points per game. Francois Lewis is scoring 14.8 and Davon Bell is chipping in with 10.1. Throw in Cory Hightower, who is averaging 9.6 ppg. and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
I knew I was using this team when I watched it in the second round, as it erased a 13-point halftime deficit on the road by opening the second half with an 18-0 run, and outscoring Robert Morris, 46-26, in the final 20 minutes for the win.
This is a very dangerous offense, as we saw the Blue Hose post a 47-point margin of victory - the most-ever in a Big South tournament game. They also set a tournament record by burying 21 3-pointers.
Nationally, Presbyterian ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6), 19th in turnover margin (3.5), seventh in 3-pointers per game (11), and 28th in dishing 15.7 assists per game.
Defensively, this team has done better and been more consistent on the road, than Marshall has been at home. The Blue Hose allow just 74.0 per road game, while Marshall gives up 78.4 at home.
If the Herd tries to run and gun, Presbyterian can gun from long-range. If Marshall tries to slow this one down, the Blue Hose have the defensive tenacity to match intensity.
I like the dog here.