While the majority of the teams in the NCAA Tournament already know who they will be facing in the round of 64, there are a few who are still waiting to see who they are going to be matched up against. The Arizona Wildcats will be waiting for the outcome of the First Four game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Wichita State Shockers on Tuesday night before they start their final preparations for the opening round. Either one would represent a tough opponent for Arizona, but you can bet that they will have a preferred opponent in mind. As for this game, these are two decent teams that would probably like their chances against the Wildcats in the round of 64, but before they can play that one they have to battle it out in Dayton, Ohio. This is going to be a fun one to watch, and you can see the latest odds and get your wagers on by heading over to our NCAA basketball lines page.
FIRST FOUR: No.11 Shockers/Commodores
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How To Bet The Vanderbilt Vs Wichita State Game Info
Why bet on the Vanderbilt Commodores
If truth be told, this is a Vanderbilt (19-13, 11-7) team that has not lived up to expectations. They started the season as a top 25 team, but quickly saw that ranking wiped away. They closed out the season on particularly poor form, losing their last game of regular season before crashing out in the opening round of the SEC tournament last week. It’s tough to see how they are going to be able to bounce back from that, although they will have had some time to practice and try to work out the kinks. This is a team that still has a lot of potential, though, and they are not about to go down without a fight. Vandy are averaging 76.8 PPG, and are giving up 67.3 PPG.
Why bet on the Wichita State Shockers
This will be the fifth straight appearance in the Tournament for the Wichita State Shockers (24-8, 16-2), but it will be the first time that they have had to get in via the First Four route. That makes things a little more complicated, but this is a team that can certainly take advantage of the opportunity that they have been presented. The Shockers won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title, but ended up going down in the semi-final in the conference tournament. That may be a little bit of a blessing in disguise, as it means they will have had some time to rest before playing this game on Tuesday night. The Shockers are averaging 73.2 PPG, and are giving up just 59.3 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I find it hard to believe that Vanderbilt can overcome what was a pretty brutal end to their season, and I also don’t believe that their offense can break down a very talented Wichita State defense. I like the Shockers to win this one quite comfortably.
Vanderbilt Commodores 61 Wichita State Shockers 71