Over in the South region, the Bryant Bulldogs (22-9) and Wright State Raiders (21-13) will compete for the opportunity to take on the Arizona Wildcats in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
These are two respectable squads, and this figures to be a closely-contested, hard-fought matchup. Both teams may hail from unheralded conferences, but that’s no reason to overlook this matchup.
Bryant got here by thrashing Wagner by 27 points to win the Northeast Conference Tournament and secure an automatic bid. Meanwhile, Wright State showed its resilience by overcoming a 16-point deficit to defeat Northern Kentucky to win the Horizon League.
The KenPom ratings suggest that this contest could go down to the wire — Bryant ranks 183rd, while Wright State checks in at 182.
Bryant vs Wright State Odds
Bryant vs Wright State odds are provided by BetMGM Sportsbook and are current as of 4 p.m. ET on Monday, March 14.
- Moneyline: Wright State (-155) @ Bryant (+130)
- Spread: Wright State -2.5 (-115) @ Bryant +2.5 (-105)
- Over/Under: Over 154.5 (-110) / Under 154.5 (-110)
- Implied Score: Wright State 78.5, Bryant 76
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Bryant vs Wright State Prediction
Neither one of these teams is especially great on defense, but both can score in a hurry. Bryant also loves to get out and run — the Bulldogs ranked seventh in adjusted tempo, per KenPom’s ratings.
This one can legitimately swing in any direction, and it could certainly come down to the final possession.
Bryant vs Wright State Score Pick
Bryant 71, Wright State 69
As previously mentioned, I fully expect this game to be very close and the oddsmakers agree with a 1.5-point spread. However, I fully believe the points are being given to the wrong side here.
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Bryant has shown the ability to manhandle teams comparable to Wright State, while Wright State has narrowly eked out victories against similar competition.
Bryant vs Wright State Best Bets
Bryant Moneyline (+130) at BetMGM
Wager: 0.75 Units
Bryant has historically been one of the worst teams in Division I basketball, but they have something to prove this year. Wright State is consistently one of the better teams in their conference, but tailed off somewhat this season.
Back Bryant here at plus-odds in a close game, with the edge given to the Bulldogs.
UNDER 154.5 Total Points (-110) at BetMGM
Wager: 2 Units
Neither of these teams have stalwart defenses, nor do they possess enough offensive firepower to exploit each other. I have the Under hitting by an enormous double-digit margin, and I am backing a two-unit play on the Under 154.5 here.
This is one of my best bets in the First Four games, and while this game’s scoring could go wild in a hurry, neither of these teams have been scoring in heaps the past few weeks.