Betting On The First Games Of March Madness – First Four

  • Texas A&M Corpus Christi takes on SE Missouri State in the first game of the First Four on Tuesday.
  • The SE Missouri State Redhawks are favored by four points on the spread.
  • In the second game of the First Four, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are favored by 1.5 points over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

LAS VEGAS - Betting on the First Four kicks off Tuesday with eight teams going head-to-head for the remaining spots in the 64-team March Madness tournament.

The first two games in the First four take place on Tuesday.

TA&M CC vs. SE Missouri State Odds

  • Texas A&M Corpus Christi (#16) -4.0 (-110)
  • SE Missouri State (#16) +4.0 (-110)

The SE Missouri State Redhawks are 4-0 against the spread entering this game, but that won't get them a place in the Tournament – only a win will. They’ve covered the spread in 15 of their last 20 neutral site games, and this game will be taking place at a neutral site.

However, their 19-16 overall record pales in comparison to the 23-10 record that Texas A&M Corpus Christi has.

In addition, the Redhawks have only gone 6-4 in their last ten games, while the Islanders have gone 9-1 against college basketball gambling sites.

Mississippi State vs. Pittsburgh Betting Odds

  • Mississippi State -1.5 (-110)
  • Pittsburgh +1.5 (-110)

This game is much more even, and the spread reflects this at online gambling sites. The two teams have similar records, with Mississippi State at 21-12 and Pitt at 22-11.

Having played in the tough SEC, Mississippi State has the advantage in this matchup despite having a worse record.

Both teams have 6-4 records in their last 10 games.

Still, the Panthers have only covered the spread one time in their last seven neutral site games. But on the other hand, the Bulldogs have failed to cover the spread in their last five neutral site games.

Pitt has been significantly more successful against the spread than Mississippi State has been, with a 22-10-1 spread record compared to a 16-16-1 record from the Bulldogs.

The Redhawks and the Islanders face off at 6:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, while the Bulldogs and Panthers battle at 9:10 p.m. ET.