NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round Milwaukee Practice

Let the madness begin, as the NCAA Tournament gets underway 

March 17, 2022

Longwood vs. Tennessee 

Gainbridge Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN 
2:45 PM ET 
Tennessee -18.0 

There isn’t a hotter team heading into the tournament than Longwood; the Lancers have won 19 out of 20 games. They beat Winthrop by 21 points in the Big South title game to punch their ticket. Meanwhile, Tennessee lost in a No. 5 vs. No. 12 upset last year to Oregon State. Don’t sleep on Longwood. 

e Tennessee dance team during practice at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis,
The Tennessee dance team during practice at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, ahead of the NCAA Tournament first round game between Tennessee and Longwood. Kns Ncaa Vols Practice Bp

Hoops Harlen’s pick:

Longwood +18.0 (-110) 

Indiana vs. St. Mary’s 

Moda Center – Portland, OR 
7:20 PM ET 
St. Mary’s -2.5 

Indiana had to play Tuesday night in Dayton, knocking off Wyoming in one of the First Four matchups. The Hoosiers then had to travel to Portland, where they’ll face a well-rested St. Mary’s squad. The Gaels have won five of six entering the tourney, including a win over No. 1 Gonzaga. Meanwhile, Indiana was just 2-3 in its games leading up to the big dance. 

Hoops Harlen’s pick:

St. Mary’s -2.5 (-110) 

Creighton vs. San Diego State 

Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, TX 
7:27 PM ET 
San Diego State -2.0 

One team is hot. The other is not. San Diego State has won six of its last seven, with the Aztecs’ lone loss being a one-point defeat at the hands of Boise State in the Mountain West championship game. Meanwhile, Creighton is just 3-3 in its last six games, finishing the season 15-10 after starting 7-1. Go with the hot team. 

Mar 16, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; San Diego State Aztecs players during practice before the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Hoops Harlen’s pick:

San Diego State -2.0 (-110)