The NCAA Tournament First Round concludes on Friday March 17th as there are 16 games scheduled over national television to the delight of college basketball bettors worldwide.
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The action begins at 12:15PM Eastern Time on CBS TV from Indianapolis as the Michigan Wolverines will meet the Oklahoma St Cowboys. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Michigan Wolverines favored by -2 ½ points with the over under line set at 153 ½ points. Michigan has peaked down the stretch of the regular season and conference tournament. The Wolverines won the Big Ten Tournament with the 71-56 victory to Wisconsin on Sunday to post their fifth straight victory and seventh win in ten games. Derrick Walton Jr. has been huge for Michigan with his scoring output during their good run. Oklahoma St was off to a poor start in conference play but got hot in February to earn an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament. There were hiccups late in the regular season with a home loss to Kanas and a road defeat at Kansas St. They lost to Iowa St in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament for their third loss in a row.
At 7:10PM Eastern Time from Indianapolis Indiana the Dayton Flyer face the Wichita St Shockers. Wichita St is favored by -6 points with over under line of 145. Many are complaining about the Wichita St Shocker 10th seed in the NCAA Tournament. Truth is they come from a weak Missouri Valley conference that produced only one tournament team. Wichita St’s best win in non-conference came against a bad Oklahoma team. Plus, three of their four losses came by double digits. Dayton is a 24 win team that enters play on a two game losing streak. They were one and done in the A10 tournament losing to Davidson 73-69 as a 4 point favorite.
The late night game tips at 9:50PM Eastern Time from Greensville South Carolina as the South Carolina Gamecocks face Marquette Golden Eagles on TBS TV. South Carolina strength is their defense as they allow 39% from the field with 29% from three. Marquette enters the NCAA Tournament as the best three point shooting team in college basketball at 43%.