If the computer predictions of one online site prove correct, the 11 and 14 seeds in the East Region will both pull off upsets and advance to the Round of 32.
The OddsShark.com college basketball computer has Davidson upsetting No. 3 Marquette and No. 11 Bucknell upsetting bracket darling Butler. Both are significant underdogs, despite the East Region betting trends hinting at their success.
Davidson has won 17 straight games and owns a 6-2 ATS mark in eight recent March Madness games. Marquette meanwhile has slumped to a 3-6 ATS record in nine tournament openers over the years.
Indiana waits for the winner of LIU and JMU game, but the Hoosiers have been a lock to win and cover the spread in the opening round, going 6-1 ATS in their past seven tournament openers.
The computer picks UNLV to break its string of four ATS losses in tournament play with a 75-70 win over No. 12 Cal. And NC State is picked over Temple, a team that is 0-6-1 ATS in its last seven tournament games.
Check out East Region trends on every game below courtesy of OddsShark.com.
Preview: Computer Prediction: 74-72 Long Island
Long Island 15-3 SU past 18 games
James Madison 7-1 ATS past 8 games
Indiana UNDER 7-2 past 9 as double-digit favorite
Indiana 6-1 ATS past 7 first-round games
Preview: Computer Prediction: 80-77 NC State
NC State 6-2 ATS in tournament since 2005
Temple 0-6-1 ATS past 7 tournament games
Preview: Computer Prediction: 75-70 UNLV
Cal is 1-5 ATS past 6 tournament games
UNLV 0-4 SU & ATS in tournament since 2008
Preview: Computer Prediction: 78-73 Syracuse
Syracuse is 2-5 ATS past 7 tournament games
Montana 7-0 ATS past 7 games
Preview: Computer Prediction: 74-70 Bucknell
Butler is 9-1 ATS past 10 tournament games
UNDER is 8-2-1 past 11 Butler tournament games
Preview: Computer Prediction: 78-73 Davidson
Marquette 3-6 ATS past 9 first-round games
Davidson 6-2 ATS past 8 Madness games
Preview: Computer Prediction: 71-70 Colorado
Colorado UNDER 7-1 past 8 games as underdog
Illinois has alternated ATS wins and losses past 10 bracket games (win is due)
Preview: Computer Prediction: 75-69 Miami
Pacific lost 8 in a row SU as underdog
Miami played 7 straight tournament OVERs