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NCAA Tourney is Here! First 4 Thursday

First Four Picks are up for Thursday’s quartet of games!

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Free Pick Thursday: #711 Norfolk State +3.5 over Appalachian State 7:40 PM CT

Appalachian State lost six of its final seven regular season games before stunning with four wins in four days to take the Sun Belt title. Those wins all came by slim margins including two overtime results. The Sun Belt grades as a stronger conference and the Mountaineers do deserve slim favoritism in this game but hitting -3.5 or even -4 there may be a slight opportunity to buy in on Norfolk State. The Spartans have some have decent wins over James Madison and George Mason on the road and this team peaked at the end the season with an 8-1 run down the stretch. Norfolk State is an over 37 percent 3-point shooting team while holding foes to less than 32 percent from beyond the arc for an appealing trait for an underdog in a tournament setting. Robert Jones is willing to empty his bench with a deep roster of contributors to find the hot hand with four regulars shooting 3s at an over 40 percent clip. This is a veteran team in great contrast to the Mountaineers as well. These teams have pretty similar numbers in a number of areas but Appalachian State is three percent better on defense in effective field goal rate while the 3-point shooting for Appalachian State is quite poor despite a relatively high volume of outside shots taken. Appalachian State was likely the fifth or sixth best team in the Sun Belt while Norfolk State was the clear class of the Mid-Eastern and a team more deserving to be in the field. The depth and experience edge are appealing for the underdog at a price that appears to be inflated by a point or so.