Rashad Phillips' 2021 March Madness First Four Picks and Predictions
The NCAA Tournament has finally arrived, and things get off and running with today’s First Four matchups. As well as my predictions on what will happen, make sure you check out Pickswise’s picks on the side and total for every single matchup throughout the tournament.
UCLA Bruins vs. Michigan State Spartans
The only reason that I’m picking Michigan State in this game to beat the UCLA Bruins is that history tells us that Tom Izzo wins in March. Both teams are evenly matched but I believe the Spartans will out-rebound UCLA and that will be the difference-maker. Michigan State wins with the scoring ending up something like 67-61.
PICK: Michigan State -2
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Wichita State Shockers vs. Drake Bulldogs
This is going to be a really good game between two teams that have gone under the radar all season long. I’m going to pick Drake here because this team shoots the ball really well, they don’t force anything, and they’re sturdy on defense. If Wichita State’s combo guard Tyson Etienne can get going early then this game could be very interesting. I think Drake prevails in a nail-biter.
PICK: Drake +1.5
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Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers vs. Texas Southern Tigers
Something tells me that this game is going to be ugly and gritty. Both teams do not shoot free-throws well but I think it’s going to come down to pressure free-throw shooting between these two. I think Mount St. Mary will survive a close one.
PICK: Mount St. Mary’s -1
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Norfolk State Spartans vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers
I believe Devante Carter will be the best player on the floor and in turn lead Norfolk State to a huge win! Can Appalachian State contain the play of Carter? If they can, they’ll have a chance.
PICK: Norfolk State +3
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