The matchup for the championship game in the CBI Tournament is set: The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks will face the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Wednesday night. The Seahawks coasted past Northern Colorado in Tuesday’s semifinals, 80-64. The Blue Raiders trailed at halftime of their semifinal game versus Abilene Christian but outscored them by 23 in the second half en route to a 85-69 victory.
Here’s a look at the College Basketball Invitational Championship game. Odds come courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
2022 CBI Championship: UNC-Wilmington vs. Middle Tennessee State
Date: Wednesday, March 23
Tip time: 5 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN2
Live stream: WatchESPN
CBI Final Odds
Point spread: MTSU -5
The pick: MTSU -5
Middle Tennessee State has shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range in a couple of its CBI Tournament games thus far, with at least 20 attempts in each. UNC-Wilmington is one of the worst teams in the nation at defending the three ball, allowing 36.2 percent shooting on average. That plus the Blue Raiders’ stronger defense — they rank among Division I’s top 60 in effective field-goal percentage allowed and 3-point defense — should enable them to triumph here.
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