First Four NCAA Tournament Picks for Tuesday, 3/13/12

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The first day of bracket predictions are here for the NCAA Tournament, and today, we are going to be taking a look at the First Four games to be played in Dayton.

NCAA Tournament Matchup: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 6:30 ET
Location: UD Arena, Dayton, OH
March Madness Odds: Western Kentucky -4.5
NCAA Tournament TV Schedule: truTV

The Hilltoppers are getting a heck of a lot of love here because of how hot they have been coming into this tournament. Sure, this is a team that got a lot done over the course of the last few months, but how could we really say that MSVS hasn’t as well? This is a team that had just one win out of conference thanks to the fact that it played a schedule that would have made any team cry. Now, 20 wins later, the Delta Devils are here in the dance, and we think that they are absolutely being overlooked. We think that they are going to take down Western Kentucky and get into the main field on Thursday.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Mississippi Valley State +4.5

NCAA Tournament Matchup: Iona Gaels vs. BYU Cougars
Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 9:00 ET
Location: UD Arena, Dayton, OH
March Madness Odds: BYU -2
NCAA Tournament TV Schedule: truTV

There is a whole heck of a lot of talk that Iona had no business being in this tournament. On the eye test though, we think that the Gaels are absolutely a worthwhile team that could do a lot of damage beyond just here in Dayton. Was BYU a team that was worthy of being in the dance? We’re not really all that sure. Remember, this team really didn’t play much of a schedule this year either, and in five games combined against Gonzaga and St. Mary’s, there was just one win to show for it. Iona’s win over Nevada in BracketBusters gives us a heck of a lot of confidence about this game. Scott Machado and the gang are going to prove why the Gaels are dancing by taking care of the Cougars in Dayton on Tuesday.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Iona +2

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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