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Best bets for Tuesday's First Four games

By VSiN Staff  (VSiN.com) 

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The 2022 NCAA tournament is finally here, and the action begins Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio with the First Four.

Here are the best bets for tonight's matchups between 12-seeds Indiana-Wyoming and 16-seeds Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas Southern, from Adam Burke, William Hill and Wes Reynolds.

All times Eastern.

No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders vs. No. 16 Texas Southern Tigers (-3.5, 136)

6:40 p.m.

Burke: Tuesday’s play-in game in Dayton between Texas Southern and Texas A&M Corpus Christi features one team that has been in that situation and one that has not. The Tigers just went to Dayton last year and knocked off Mount St. Mary’s 60-52. They were also there in 2018 and beat NC Central 64-46. The personnel is a little different, and coach Johnny Jones was only there for last year’s game, but there is more familiarity for the Tigers.

The Islanders are a great story and first-year coach Steve Lutz did an excellent job building a roster full of JUCO transfers, but this is a Texas A&M CC team that was 7-7 in Southland play before going on a conference tournament run. Texas Southern plays in a bad SWAC conference, but still had a strength of schedule that was 40 spots higher than Texas A&M CC because of a strong nonconference slate that included Oregon, Saint Mary’s, Washington, NC State, BYU, Louisiana Tech and Florida. The Tigers held non-conference foes under 30% from 3. This defense is legit and it will show on Tuesday.

Pick: Texas Southern -3.5

No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers (-4, 132.5) vs. No. 12 Wyoming Cowboys

9:10 p.m.

Reynolds: The Hoosiers thought they did enough to avoid an extra trip to Dayton, but they were one of the last two at-large teams in the field largely due to a soft nonconference strength of schedule, and the selection committee obviously not putting very much weight into their Big Ten tourney performance. 

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