The 2019 CIT Championship Game unfolds Thursday night when the Marshall Thundering Herd host the Green Bay Phoenix in Huntington. Marshall (22-14) will be playing in the championship game of a postseason tournament for the first time since 1947, and the Herd are led by senior guard Jon Elmore, who averages 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Meanwhile, Green Bay (21-16) is playing in the program's first postseason championship game, excluding conference tournaments. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at the Cam Henderson Center. The Herd are favored by 5.5 in the latest Marshall vs. Green Bay odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 166.5. Before making any Marshall vs. Green Bay picks of your own, listen to the 2019 CIT Championship Game predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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The model has factored in that Elmore is one of the best players in the history of Marshall's basketball program. The 6-foot-3 senior guard is the only player in NCAA history with at least 2,400 career points and 700 assists. In Marshall's 80-78 semifinal win against Hampton, Elmore scored a game-high 28 points, including 7-of-13 on threes, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
With Elmore leading the charge, the Herd take and make plenty of 3-pointers. Marshall ranks sixth in the country in 3-point attempts (1,032) this season and 10th in 3-pointers made (359). When the shots are falling, the Herd are dangerous, as demonstrated by their 70-67 win at eventual Conference USA champion Old Dominion.
But just because the Herd can get hot from 3-point territory does not guarantee they will cover the Marshall vs. Green Bay spread.
In its four CIT 2019 games, Green Bay is averaging 91.8 points and shooting 52.5 percent from the field. The Phoenix are making 10.0 treys and dishing out 20.3 assists per game in the tournament. In addition, they are out-rebounding opponents by 6.5 per game.
Senior guard Sandy Cohen III has been a one-man wrecking crew this season. He leads the team in scoring (17.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.4), as well as assists (4.8), steals (1.9) and blocks (1.1). But in the 2019 CIT, three other Green Bay players -- JayQuan McCloud (16.0 points per game), Trevian Bell (13.3) and ShanQuan Hemphill (10.8) -- also have averaged double-digits.
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