First Four NCAA Tournament Picks for Wednesday, 3/14/12

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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: Vermont Catamounts vs. Lamar Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 6:30 ET
Location: UD Arena, Dayton, OH
March Madness Odds: Lamar -2.5
NCAA Tournament TV Schedule: truTV

Lamar is a team that is going to get a heck of a lot of hype, knowing that Head Coach Pat Knight went nuts on his team in an interview that went viral after a terrible loss in the Southland Conference. However, Vermont is a team with a heck of a lot of talent and tradition on it, and we think that it is a very good omen that it has that 3-1 ATS mark from the America East Tournament this year. The Catamounts have a nasty defense, and we think that this ‘D’ is going to be what frustrates a Lamar team that tends to lose its cool on the court (just like its coach does off the court). In the end, this will be the difference and will send Vermont to play North Carolina on Friday.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Vermont +2.5

NCAA Tournament Matchup: South Florida Bulls vs. California Golden Bears
Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 9:00 ET
Location: UD Arena, Dayton, OH
March Madness Odds: California -2.5
NCAA Tournament TV Schedule: truTV

This one is awfully simple. Cal shouldn’t be playing here in Dayton and it should be on the bracket. South Florida shouldn’t be here in Dayton either, but it should be playing at home in the NIT instead. The Bulls just didn’t beat all that many teams this year of note, and we are definitely wondering out loud just how good the Big East was this season. We know that the Pac-12 was nothing special, but was it really a conference that was bad enough to warrant sending just two teams to the dance, one of which might not even make it to the main bracket? We just don’t think so. This is a conference that always has teams going on runs in the tourney, and though we don’t think that Cal is the team that is going to be able to get into the Sweet 16 this year, we do think that it is at least going to have its shot to take on Temple on Friday.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Cal -2.5

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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