The Bryant Bulldogs will try to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since becoming a Div. I program when they host the Wagner Seahawks in the final of the 2022 Northeast Conference tournament on Tuesday at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. Since becoming eligible for the postseason in the 2012-13 season, Bryant has twice qualified for the College Basketball Invitational but has never reached the NCAA Tournament. As the top-seeded team in the NEC Tournament, the Bulldogs (21-9) host Tuesday's championship game. Meanwhile Wagner (21-5) is looking to reach the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history and the first time since 2003.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs are favored by three points in the latest Bryant vs. Wagner odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 149.5. Before making any Wagner vs. Bryant picks, you need to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Bryant vs. Wagner, and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Wagner vs. Bryant:
- Bryant vs. Wagner spread: Bulldogs -3
- Bryant vs. Wagner over-under: 149.5 points
- Bryant vs. Wagner money line: Bulldogs -160, Seahawks +140
- BRY: Peter Kiss leads all Div. I players in points per game (24.7).
- WAG: The Seahawks rank 13th in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (29.3).
Why Bryant can cover
Bryant features the nation's most prolific scorer in Peter Kiss. The 6-foot-5 senior from New York City leads all Div. I players in points per game (24.7). In a stretch of six games from Jan. 30 to Feb. 24, he scored at least 30 points in each game, averaging 33.0 points.
In addition, Bryant is one of the best rebounding teams in the country. The Bulldogs lead the NEC and rank fifth in the nation in rebounds per game (41.4). Charles Pride, a 6-foot-4 guard, leads the conference in rebounding (8.3 rebounds per game).
Why Wagner can cover
Wagner's Alex Morales is having a historic season. The two-way guard is just the second player in conference history to earn both the NEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, joining Central Connecticut State's Rick Mickens (1999-00). In last week's quarterfinal win over Saint Francis, Morales had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, recording just the 12th triple-double in the NEC since 1997.
In addition, DeLonnie Hunt is on a roll. The sophomore guard from Upper Marlboro, Mary., has averaged 20.0 points per game across the Seahawks' last three games. That's almost double his season average (10.6).
How to make Wagner vs. Bryant picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 149 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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