NCAA Basketball Predictions Today: First Four Play-In NCAA Tournament Games Predictions for Thursday, March 18

By David Hayes
NCAA basketball predictions today for the 2021 March Madness NCAA Tournament First Four games.
NCAA basketball predictions today for the 2021 March Madness NCAA Tournament First Four games. / David K Purdy/Getty Images
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NCAA Basketball Predictions Today

After the 2020 NCAA March Madness Tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 in March of 2020, it's been two years since we've seen the tournament field set.

Here's a look at the predictions and picks for each of the NCAA Tournament's First Four Play-In games scheduled for Thursday, March 18.

NCAA Basketball Predictions Tonight

All March Madness betting odds and spreads are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. No. 16 Texas Southern vs No. 16 Mount St. Mary's

ESPN: Mount St. Mary's
numberFire: Mount St. Mary's
Betting Favorite: Mount St. Mary's (-1)
FiveThirtyEight: Mount St. Mary's
Consensus: Mount St. Mary's (4/4)

2. No. 11 Drake vs No. 11 Wichita State

ESPN: Drake
numberFire: Drake
Betting Favorite: Drake (-2)
FiveThirtyEight: Wichita State
Consensus: Drake (3/4)

3. No. 16 Appalachian State vs No. 16 Norfolk State

ESPN: Appalachian State
numberFire: Appalachian State
Betting Favorite: Appalachian State (-3)
FiveThirtyEight: Appalachian State
Consensus: Appalachian State (4/4)

4. No. 11 UCLA vs No. 11 Michigan State

ESPN: UCLA
numberFire: UCLA
Betting Favorite: Michigan State (-2)
FiveThirtyEight: Michigan State
Consensus: N/A


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