SE Missouri St. vs Texas A&M-CC
March is finally upon us, and we’re into the First Four. The first battle that will send a team into a field of 63 others is the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks versus the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders. You might think that you want to stay away from this game after reading two school names that you’ve never heard of. Let me be the first to tell you that you’ve never been more wrong. This game is the perfect kind to bet on because of the data you can find on how different these teams are, not to mention that this is top-tier entertainment with two teams fighting for their tournament lives.
The glaring contrast between these teams is their journey to where they are now. The Islanders had a steady season that saw them top their conference and grind through competition to win the Southland. The Redhawks road was quite the opposite. They had rough patches throughout their regular season including 7 straight out of conference losses followed by a 2-5 in conference run to end their regular season. Fortunately for them, they found their groove in the conference tournament and won the OVC as the 5 seed. The only question is, what Redhawks team are we going to see against the Islanders?
I see more reason to side with a consistent Texas A&M-CC team. They’re high-scoring and an efficient team from the field and the free throw line. Players like Terrion Murdix and Trevian Tennyson will make sure this stays true. If these guards can limit opposing guard Phillip Russell, the Redhawks will struggle to find points. If the Islanders can find success in rebounding and can get to the line, this should be their game to lose.
Pick: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi -3.5