The First Four (better known as the play-in round) tips off Tuesday with two games, including Xavier vs. North Carolina State, where bettors will be cheering on the Musketeers.
As the best betting team of the past decade (18-2-1 ATS), Xavier looks to earn a 12 seed in the Midwest with a win over the Wolfpack. The Musketeers were small favorites against an N.C. State team that closed the year on a profitable 10-2 ATS run.
Bettors would love to see them win a round or two and hope that their money-making ways continue into next weekend.
In the other game, the South’s No. 16 seed will be decided when America East champion Albany faces Northeast Conference champion Mount St. Mary’s.
Wednesday’s games feature Iowa vs. Tennessee to decide the Midwest Region’s 11 seed and Texas Southern vs. Cal Poly to decide the No. 16 slot in the same region. The Mustangs are surprise favorites in the latter game as they were riding a 2-9 SU streak before pulling off three upsets in the Big Sky tournament.
Check out the play-in game betting trends below on each game.
NC State +2.5 vs. Xavier -2.5: Matchup Report
OVER is 8-1 past nine N.C. State games
N.C. State ended year on 10-2 ATS streak
UNDER is 8-1 past nine tournament games since 2005
Xavier 8-3 ATS past 11 games as favorites
Xavier 18-2-1 ATS past 21 tournament games since 2003
Mount St. Mary’s +2.5 vs. Albany -2.5: Matchup Report
Albany finished year on 6-1 SU run
Albany won America East title
Mount St. Mary’s won Northeast title
Mount St. Mary’s finished on 5-1 SU run
Iowa -1.5 vs. Tennessee +1.5: Matchup Report
Iowa is 1-6 SU, 0-7 ATS past seven games
Iowa lost past three tournament games SU and ATS
Tennessee played five straight UNDERs to end the year
Texas Southern -3 vs. Cal Poly +3: Matchup Report
Texas Southern ended year on nine-game win streak, SWAC title
First tournament game since 2003
Cal Poly lost nine of 11 games before three upset wins in Big Sky tourney