NCAA Picks Tonight: First Four NCAA Play-In Games ATS Picks & Predictions From The Duel Staff for Thursday, 3/18/21

By David Hayes
College basketball picks today: ATS picks and predictions from The Duel Staff for Thursday, 3/18/21.
College basketball picks today: ATS picks and predictions from The Duel Staff for Thursday, 3/18/21. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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First Four Play-In Game Picks NCAA Tournament

The 2020-21 college basketball season has come to the 2021 March Madness NCAA Tournament and every day the editors at The Duel will be making picks against the spread (ATS) for the three or four biggest games of the day. You can follow along, check it out, or even fade us throughout the remainder of the season.

We have full betting previews for each matchup below along with the betting lines from FanDuel Sportsbook. We’ll update this with the staff records and make ATS picks on a daily basis throughout the rest of the season.

Without further ado, here are our college basketball picks for Thursday, March 18.

College Basketball Picks Today

Note: All betting lines and odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook, as of Thursday, March 18 at 1:15 p.m. EST.

Texas Southern vs Mount St. Mary's Picks and Prediction Today

No. 16 Texas Southern (+1) vs No. 16 Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (-1.5) Betting Preview

Staff Picks (ATS):
- David Hayes: Mount St. Mary's
- David Kaestle: Mount St. Mary's
- Jason Schandl: Texas Southern
- Max Staley: Mount St. Mary's

Drake vs Wichita State Picks and Prediction Today

No. 11 Drake Bulldogs (-2) vs No. 11 Wichita State Shockers (+2) Betting Preview

Staff Picks (ATS):
- David Hayes: Drake
- David Kaestle: Drake
- Jason Schandl: Wichita State
- Max Staley: Drake

App State vs Norfolk State Picks and Prediction Today

No. 16 Appalachian State Mountaineers (-3) vs No. 16 Norfolk State Spartans (+3) Betting Preview

Staff Picks (ATS):
- David Hayes: Appalachian State
- David Kaestle: Appalachian State
- Jason Schandl: Norfolk State
- Max Staley: Appalachian State

UCLA vs Michigan State Picks and Prediction Today

No. 11 UCLA Bruins (+2) vs No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (-2) Betting Preview

Staff Picks (ATS):
- David Hayes: Michigan State
- David Kaestle: Michigan State
- Jason Schandl: UCLA
- Max Staley: Michigan State

Free NCAA ATS Picks

Staff Records (ATS):
- Isaiah De Los Santos: 37-23 (61.67%)
- Max Staley: 32-21 (60.38%)
- David Kaestle: 38-27 (58.46%)
- Brian Giuffra: 24-19 (55.81%)
- David Hayes: 37-33 (52.86%)
- Jason Schandl: 27-25 (51.92%)


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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