Pick: Marquette ML (-170) vs. Murray State
Reasoning: It is the best time of the year folks! With sixteen games in a action today, there are plenty of opportunities to win some money. My favorite play this Thursday is Marquette over Murray State. The Golden Eagles are powered by Markus Howard, one the nations best players. While on the other hand, Murray State is ran by phenom Ja Morant, who is a projected top three NBA draft pick. Both of these players are extremely special, setting up a very intriguing matchup. I am taking Marquette to get the win in this one because of their supporting cast. The three point shooting of the Houser brothers will be the difference in this game. Murray State and Ja Morant are a great story, but sadly for Morant, his supporting cast does not compare to those of Marquette. Anticipate The Golden Eagles to find ways to slow down Morant, as they move on to the round of 32.
Pick: Nevada (-2) vs. Florida
Reasoning: The Nevada Wolfpack made an incredible run last season, and will look to do the same in 2019. Their journey starts off with a tough, but young Florida Gators team. Florida has been playing good basketball as of late, but I do expect Nevada to outplay The Gators in this one. Although Nevada had a somewhat disappointing regular season, The Wolfpack play best when the lights are on in March. Watch for the Martin twins of Nevada to pick up right where they left off last year. The Martin twins are a serious problem for opposing defenses. Expect the experienced group of Nevada to make the plays down the stretch. The youth in the backcourt for The Gators will haunt them late in this game, as Nevada survives and covers.