New Orleans Vs Mt. St. Mary’s Odds, Pick & Betting Preview

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New Orleans Vs Mt. St. Mary’s Odds, Pick & Betting Preview

Two red-hot East Region 16 seeds will be looking to extend their winning ways and March Madness longshot hopes when the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers and New Orleans Privateers square off in their First Four game on Tuesday. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the most value in this matchup.

How To Bet The New Orleans Privateers Vs Mount Saints Mary’s Mountaineers First Four Odds & TV Info

The Privateers and Mountaineers will square off live from the University of Dayton in Ohio at 6:40 PM ET on Tuesday, March 14 with this contest airing live on TruTV. New Orleans has been installed as a 2-point favorite over Mount St. Mary’s.

What: First Four
New Orleans Privateers Vs Mount Saints Mary’s Mountaineers
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:40 PM ET
Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
TV: truTV
Odds: New Orleans -2

Why Bet The New Orleans Privateers at -2

The Privateers (20-11 SU, 2-1 ATS) won the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament title en route to their first 20-win campaign since 1996-97 and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years.

New Orleans averages 73.1 points per game (181st) while giving up 69.3 points per game defensively (102nd). The Privateers are led by Southland Conference Player of the Year Erik Thomas (19.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg). The 6-5 senior forward is as consistent as any player in the nation, having scored in double figures in every game this season while earning conference tourney MVP honors. Christavious Gill (11.6 points) and Nate Frye (10.3) also average double figures in scoring for New Orleans.

Why Bet The Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers at +2

Mount Saint Mry’s (19-15 SU, 3-3 ATS) has won four straight and seven of their last nine games including their 71-61 Northeast Conference title-game win over St. Francis (Pa.).

The Mountaineers average 68.3 points per game (288th) and allow 68.6 points per contest defensively (85th). Mount Saint Mary’s is led by their diminutive backcourt  featuring 6-0 leading scorer Elijah Long (15.4 ppg) and 5-5 Junior Robinson (14.1 ppg).

Long has recorded multiple steals in five straight games and won the NEC tournament MVP after averaging 21.7 points during Mount St. Mary’s three-game title run. The only other player to average double figures for Mount Saints Mary’s is 6-5 freshman guard Miles Wilson (11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds).

New Orleans Privateers Vs Mount Saints Mary’s Mountaineers Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

There’s a reason why New Orleans is favored to win this matchup and it’s because Mount Saint Mary’s struggles to score and actually allows more points per game defensively than they average.

New Orleans has posted a near-perfect 5-1 ATS mark in their last six neutral site games and the Privateers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.

While Mount Saints Mary’s has gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentgae above .600, the Mountaineers are also an uninspiring 2-7 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. New Orleans will win by a half-dozen points to cover the spread.

My final score prediction is Mount St. Mary’s 75, New Orleans 69