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Morehead Play-In Game favorite

It's the biggest game of the season for two schools most people have never heard about and all it usually earns them is a chance to get slaughtered by the No. 1 overall seed two days later.

Still, the Play-In Game has become a key part of March Madness odds and shines a spotlight for one day on two conference champions. This year, college basketball tournament lines tip off with Morehead State, champions of the Ohio Valley Conference who haven't been to the tournament since 1984, and SWAC champs Alabama State.

Play In Game odds - Morehead State Eagles -3.5 (19-15) vs. Alabama State Hornets (22-9) O/U 129.5

In the play-in game tonight, Morehead State looks for the right to be in the 64 of the Big Dance. OK, so this is a huge game for both teams, but the winner gets to play top-seeded Louisville in the first round and there has never been a 16 seed that has taken out a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Online sportsbook Bovada opened Morehead State as a 3.5 point favorites with a total of 129.5. But finding real value here in a match between two teams that have never played each other is tough. It can also be fun and profitable if you can handicap the styles of play of each team and each conference.

Morehead State has a legit frontcourt with F Leon Buchanan (15.1 ppg), F/C Kenneth Faried (13.9 ppg 12.8 rpg) and Maze Stallworth (12.1 ppg). It will not be easy for these guys to score inside, as the Hornets have 7’1” C Chief Kickingstallionsims (8.8 ppg), who is averaging 2.7 blocks per game.

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Alabama State has a better inside-out game with guards Brandon Brooks (13.8 ppg) and Andrew Hayles (13.6 ppg) and forwards Roland Fitch (9.8 ppg) and Wesley Jones (9.4 ppg).

Morehead State only finished fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference, but they won the conference tournament. Before that the Eagles had lost four games in a row.

Alabama State won the Southwest Athletic Conference, as well as the conference tournament, and they finished the season winning their last 4 games. The Hornets started the season badly losing seven of their first nine games, but it may have made them tougher, as they lost to big name teams such as Mississippi, Mississippi State, Auburn, and Nebraska. In their last 22 games they only lost two games.


Alabama State played a much tougher non-conference schedule than Morehead State. If Morehead State wins they play Louisville, who they already lost to this season at 79-41. But this is March and these are March Madness odds.

Look for Alabama State to play a good all around game and for Kickingstallionsims to disrupt the inside scoring of Morehead State, as they will win this game in an upset and move into the round of 64.

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