The Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions and the Winthrop Eagles will face off tonight to decide the last spot in the 64 team March Madness tournament. This annual NCAA tournament play in game may not offer the best teams, but is always a good start to the March Madness tournament, especially for bettors, breaking up the time between Selection Sunday and the tournament start date. This marks the first appearance for the Arkansas Pine Bluff in the NCAA tournament, while it will be Winthrop’s ninth trip to the big dance. Arkansas Pine Bluff started the season 0-11, which makes it surprising they were able to even fight their way back into the March Madness tournament. Arkansas Pine Bluff won their SWAC conference tournament and finished with a record of 14-4 in SWAC play. Winthrop has a tournament record of 1-8, only making it to the second round once in 2005. Like most, I’m not an expert with these two teams, but I have done our research and have some winning picks for tonight. Below I have listed the spread/line, betting odds, and our predictions for this NCAA tournament play in game.
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Play In Game Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:
*My picks in green
Arkansas Pine Bluff +3.5
vs Winthrop -3.5
Arkansas Pine Bluff (+140)
vs Winthrop (-160)
Over 113.5 (-110)
Under 113.5 (-110)
Arkansas Pine vs Winthrop Play In Game Predictions:
Spread – I like Winthrop -3.5 on the spread. The Eagles are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games, while Arkansas Pine Bluff is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Winthrop Eagles have NCAA tournament experience and will be less nervous in this win or go home situation. Winthrop has a solid defense, but will need their shooters to have a good game in order to cover here tonight. Lay down on WINTHROP -3.5 tonight.
Over Under – Take the Under 113.5 total in the play in game tonight. Although this is a really low total, the under is 4-0 in Winthrop’s last 4 NCAA tournament games, and 14-3 in their last 17 neutral site games. The under is also 20-8 in their last 28 games overall. A solid defense for the Eagles that holds opponents to low numbers combined with their awful shooting percentage should put this game under the total. Throw down on UNDER 113.5.