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2011 CIT Tournament Bracket Semifinals Preview, Odds: Santa Clara vs. Southern Methodist University

The 2011 Postseason Tournament returns with the semifinals today and tomorrow. The 2011 CIT semifinals feature the Santa Clara Broncos traveling to face the Southern Methodist Mustangs and the Iona Gaels traveling to face the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Santa Clara and SMU meet today at 5:00pm pacific, while Iona and ETSU meet tomorrow at 11:00am pacific. The winners meet on March 30 in the 2011 CIT Championship game.

SMU is currently a four point favorite over the Broncos. AccuScore ran over 10,000 simulations of the game resulting in SMU winning 67.9% of the time, and by an average of 68.6 to 62.8. SMU covers the spread 58.2% of the time.

If the Broncos are going to spring the upset, it will likely require a strong team effort. Kevin Foster is the team’s leading scorer, but in their run through the 2011CIT they’ve received strong efforts from the rest of the team. Foster has been a key contributor, but Santa Clara has proven the importance of the team game.