Selection Sunday is a banner day for creating content. Everybody gets to take to social media, put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and air their grievances about how the committee put together this year’s bracket. Bettors don’t really get caught up in that, as they’re trying to find lines that are wrong based on the matchups or the perceptions of the teams.
Oddsmakers have some challenges when it comes to setting the NCAA Tournament lines. Teams haven’t played nonconference games since December, and there are a lot of questions about conference strength, what’s real and what’s not and recent form. That can create some lines that are just a little bit off, and there are some that look pretty ripe for the picking thus far.
Here are five NCAA tournament bets I like:
No. 16 Texas Southern (-3.5) vs. No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
This Tuesday play-in game in Dayton, Ohio, features one team that has been in that situation and one that has not. Texas Southern just went to Dayton last year and knocked off Mount St. Mary’s 60-52. The Tigers were also there in 2018 and beat NC Central 64-46. The personnel is a little different, and head coach Johnny Jones was only there for last year’s game, but there is more familiarity for the Tigers.