St. John's and Arizona State will face off on Wednesday, March 20 in the "First Four" of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Thewinner will face Buffalo. The Selection Committee chose the 68 teams that will make up this year's field of competitors for March Madness on Sunday. Duke, Virginia, North Carolina, and Gonzaga have clinched the tournament's No. 1 seeds, with Duke securing the top overall seed.
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Achance to play No. 1 overall seed Duke is on the line Wednesday night when the North Dakota State Bison collide with the North Carolina Central Eagles in a First Four matchup of No. 16 seeds in Dayton. North Dakota State (18-15) has won four straight, including three in the Summit League Tournament. Meanwhile MEAC champion NC Central (18-15) haswon three consecutive games and six of seven. Tipoff is set for 6:40 p.m. ET from the University of Dayton Arena. The Bison are favored by 5.5 points in the latest North Carolina Central vs. North Dakota State odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 134.5. Before making any NC Central vs. North Dakota State picks of your own, be sure to check out the 2019 First Four predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. Over the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned over $4,000 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks. It also entered the postseason on a strong 11-5 run on all top-rated college basketball picks. Anyone who has followed it is way up. Now the model has locked inon NC Central vs. North Dakota State. We can tell you it is leaning over, and it has an against-the-spread pick that cashes in more than 50 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine.The model has factored in North Dakota State's challenging non-conference schedule. The Bison have played eight non-conference teams that finishedin the top three of their league standings, including four regular season champions.The Bison are led by junior guard Vinnie Shahid, who was named the 2019 Summit League Tournament MVP after averaging 14.7 points in the three victories. He shot 56.0 percent in the tournament and scored 22 points in the title game victory over Omaha.But just because the Bison were hot in their conference tournament doesn't guarantee that they will cover the NC Central vs. North Dakota State spread in the 2019 First Four on Wednesday. The model also knows the Eagles are playing their best ball of the season. In the MEAC Tournament, they knocked off the conference's top two seeds -- Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T -- to win the automatic bid. Senior center Raasean Davis, who leads the team in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (8.9), was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after scoring eight points and grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds in the title game.Behind Davis, North Carolina Central cleans up on the glass. The Eagles out-rebound their opponents by 6.5 per game, good for 17th inthe country.
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