NCAA Tournament First Four Picks & Betting Preview

In this article we will build a case for betting two of the sides on tonight's First Four NCAA Tournament games.

No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. No. 16 Prairie View A&M

Tuesday, March 19 at 6:40 PM ET

University of Dayton Arena

Coverage: TRUTV

Prairie View A&M is 21-1 in the last 22 games, which explains how hot this team is. They do play in one of the worst leagues in the nation and you can't overlook that they started the season just 1-11. This team gets to the free-throw line at an astronomical rate (44.2 percent – third in the country) and also do a great job forcing turnovers on the defensive end (24.7 percent – second).

Fairleigh Dickinson also comes into the NCAA Tournament on a roll, winning 14 of their last 16 games. This is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the nation (40.5 percent – fifth) and they can really catch fire from beyond the arc. Senior guard Darnell Edge leads the way with 16.4 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Prairie View A&M could negate Fairleigh Dickinson's ability to shoot 3-pointers, but they may not be able to keep Fairleigh Dickinson from putting up points.

This Prairie View A&M team didn't look that good out of conference this season and Fairleigh Dickinson has a more consistent offensive team as well as experience in this kind of tournament.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Fairleigh Dickinson -2.5 (-105) at Jazz Sports

No. 11 Temple vs. No. 11 Belmont

Tuesday, March 19 at 9:10 PM ET

University of Dayton Arena

Coverage: TRUTV

Temple barely made it to the NCAA Tournament and to they're not a major threat for a deep run. The Owls hold just two wins over fellow NCAA Tournament teams are not all that battle-tested. Temple is not ranked in the top-80 on adjusted offensive or defensive efficiency but they win the turnover battle in most games and Shizz Alston Jr. and Quinton Rose are a dangerous upperclassmen backcourt.

Belmont reached the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid and this was one of the best mid-major teams all season long. This team has one of the more efficient offenses in the nation and they play at a frenetic pace. Defensively they can limit ball movement and preventing open looks from beyond the arc and they're led by star forward Dylan Windler.

Can Temple keep up with this Belmont offense? As good they're on that side of the court, the Belmont defense is a concern. They did play well against Purdue and UCLA in the non-conference portion of their schedule so Temple won't intimidate them.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Belmont -3 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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