- Wright State is a 3.5-point favorite over Bryant on Wednesday night in an NCAA First Four Game
- The winner advances to play Arizona in a West Region first round game
- A look at the odds and matchup can be found below with a prediction
Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since transitioning to Division I in 2008, Bryant takes on Wright State in a First Four game at 6:40 p.m. ET, Wednesday, at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
Bryant (22-9) is on a seven-game winning streak and has captured 16 of its last 17 games following a 6-8 start. The Bulldogs routed Wagner 70-43 in the Northeast Conference Tournament championship game on March 8 at home.
Bryant vs Wright State Odds
|Bryant||+148||+3.5 (-108)||Over 155 (-108)|
|Wright State||-177||-3.5 (-112)||Under 155 (-113)|
Odds as of March 15th at Barstool Sportsbook. Editor’s note: as of March 16, the point spread has dropped to Wright State -3.0 (-112) while the total has fallen to 154.5. Bryant’s moneyline shortened to +135.
Located in Dayton, Wright State (21-13) won’t have to leave town while playing in the Big Dance for the first time since 2018. The Raiders ran their win streak to five games by rallying past Northern Kentucky 72-71 in the Horizon League Tournament championship game on March 8 in Indianapolis.
The winner gets the #16 seed in the West Region and a date with #1 seed Arizona on Friday in San Diego. The Wildcats are heavy +148 favorites in the South Region Final Four odds and are expected to open as a 20-plus point favorite against either Bryant or Wright State.
Bryant Betting Outlook
Bryant has split its last eight games against the spread and is 16-13-1 overall against the number in 2021-22.
Senior guard Peter Kiss, the nation’s leading scorer, leads the way for Bryant with a 25.1 point-per-game average. He is also averaging 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 9, 2022
Against Wagner, Kiss poured in 34 points and added six rebounds, a career-high five steals and three assists. He was 13 of 23 from the field, including 4 of 5 on three-point attempts.
Kiss has scored at least 25 points in 13 of the last 17 games. He also has reached at least 30 points on 10 occasions this season.
The win in the NEC championship game was marred by a fight in the stands with 4:37 remaining. Play was stopped for 30 minutes.
Kiss helped Bryant run out to a 36-6 lead as the Bulldogs outrebounds Wagner 45-29 and held the Seahawks to 29.3% (17 of 58) shooting. The one negative for Bryant was its 18 turnovers.
Junior guard Charles Pride had 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season and second in a row.
— Northeast Conference (@necbbt) March 8, 2022
Pride is also having a fine season with averages of 18.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals. He has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and 21 of the last 22.
Senior guard Adham Eleeda has a 10.9 scoring average for Bryant, whose 22 wins are its most since joining Division I.
Wright State Betting Outlook
Wright State has been on the winning side of the spread in three straight games but has an overall ATS mark of 15-18.
Junior guard Trey Calvin was the hero in the Horizon League title game. His jumper from just inside the foul line with 10.5 seconds remaining was the game-winning shot.
WOW!!! Marques Warrick hits the Go-Ahead 3 with 19.8 seconds left but it is answered by a Go-Ahead Jumper for Wright State by Trey Calvin with 10.5 seconds left WHAT. A. GAME (Video via @MrMatthewCFB)
— NCAA Buzzer Beaters & Game Winners (@NCAABuzzerBters) March 9, 2022
Calvin wound up with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists for his sixth game of the season scoring 20 or more. He is averaging 14.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals.
Wright State trailed 57-41 with 11:47 left but was able to make up the 16-point deficit.
Junior guard Tanner Holden was 9 of 11 from the foul line on his way to 19 points and three steals. It was his eighth game in a row in double digits and 15th in the last 16.
Holden leads the nation with 201 free throws made and is second in attempts with 257. He is scoring a team-high 19.8 points a game to go with 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Junior forward Grant Basile made it 13 straight games scoring in double figures as he finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Tim Finke chipped in with 10 points.
— Grant Basile (@GBasile00) March 9, 2022
Basile has been filling the stat sheet this season with averages of 18.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocked shots.
Bryant vs Wright State Prediction
Wright State has the pedigree of playing in the better league along with the presumptive home-court advantage as it faces Bryant for the first time in school history.
However, Kiss is as explosive a scorer as anyone in the country. That could prove to be the kiss of death for the Raiders.
The Pick: Bryant +3.5 (-110)
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- South Region Odds: Arizona +110 Favorites, Tennessee & Houston Sleepers
- West Regional Odds: Gonzaga Odds-On Favorite to Reach Final Four