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NCAA Afternoon Day 1 Games

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1 Pittsburgh vs 16 NC-Asheville

pitt-vs-nc-ashevilleThe North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs (20-13) won the inaugural First Four game in overtime against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. That gave them a 16 seed and a date with the 1 seed in the Southeast, the Pittsburgh Panthers (27-5). The Panterers were the top seed in the Big East tournament when they lost to the upstart UConn Huskies in their run to the Big East crown.

The Big South is 1-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament; NC-Asheville is 0-1. The line on this game is 18 1/2. I really don’t like trying to predict a line on a 1 vs 16 matchup. It either turns into a real blowout or the 1 seed can lallygag around and let the 16 seed cover. Therefore, I’m not giving a prediction on this or any 1 vs 16 game.

5 Vanderbilt vs 12 Richmond

The Vanderbilt Commodores (23-10) will play the Richmond Spiders (27-7) in a classic battle of 5 vs 12. Vanderbilt struggled a little down the stretch when they lost three of their last four regular season games in the SEC. However, they were able to win their first two games in the SEC tournament and lost to Florida in the conference semi-finals.

richmond-vs-vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has been to the NCAA tournament 4 times in the past 10 years but this will be their 4 trip in the previous 5 years. The 4 seeded Commodores lost last year in the first round to 13 Murray State and also lost to 13 Siena in 2008.

richmond-vs-vanderbiltRichmond finished the year on a 7 game winning streak. They won the A-10 tournament and received a 12 seed in the NCAA tournament. Richmonds last NCAA tournament win came in 1998. This is only the Spiders 3rd trip back since. Last year, they lost to as a 7 seed to St Mary’s.

I think that Vanderbilt is due. If not, I won’t bet on them ever again. Vandy has an advantage in overall scoring and rebounding over Richmond. The Commodores are currently a 3 point favorite at the various sportsbooks. I believe that they will win the game over the Spiders by the score of 80-72.

2 San Diego State vs 15 Northern Colorado

san-diego-st-vs-no-coloradoThe San Diego State Aztecs (32-2) will meat the 15 seed No. Colorado Bears (21-10) out of the Big Sky conference. San Diego State has only lost two games all year, both versus BYU when the Cougars had a complete team. They are currently a 15 point favorite over the Bears.

San Diego State has never won an NCAA tournament game before. They are 0-4 all time and 0-3 in the past 10 years. That includes a loss to 6 seed Tennessee last season. That will not matter as they have a much better team they ever had before. The first round matchup against the Bears should not be in any danger of losing. The final score will be 77-61.

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