Pick: Temple (+3.5) vs. Belmont

Reasoning: In Dayton, the first four begins, as two teams who snuck in the tournament will play for a spot in the field of 64. When the line for this game came out, I was very surprised. I thought Temple would be favored. Being the bigger, stronger, more athletic team, and from a power conference, it only made sense. Somehow, The Owls are the underdog. Although Belmont is a great story, I do believe the senior driven backcourt for Temple will lead them to victory. With Shizz Alston playing his best ball of the season, I expect him to get hit a late shot to seal the deal for Temple, ending Belmont’s run.