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Southern Favored Over Holy Cross in NCAA Tournament First Four

Let's take a look at tonight NCAA tournament matchup between the No. 16 Southern Jaguars and the No. 16 Holy Cross Crusaders. The game at UD Arena in Dayton, OH, is scheduled to tip off at 6:40 PM ET, and will be televised on TRU. Currently, Southern is a slight favorite to win this game.

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The Jaguars are 22-12 SU and 3-3 ATS so far this season. Two of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other four going UNDER. They are coming off of a 54-53 win over the Jackson State Tigers, where they failed to cover the spread as -2 point favorites. The total went UNDER the 132 point line set by NCAA college basketball gambling sites in that matchup.

The Crusaders are 14-19 SU and 5-0 ATS overall this year. Two of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other three going UNDER. They are coming off of a 59-56 win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, where they won against the spread as 10 point underdogs. The total went UNDER the 129 ½ point line set by sports gambling professionals for that game.

Southern is 10-4 ATS coming off of a SU win, and 0-3-1 ATS when playing non-conference opponents.

The total has gone UNDER in all 5 of their recent non-conference games, and UNDER in 4 of their last 5 coming off of a SU win. The total has gone UNDER in 9 of their last 12 games overall, and UNDER in 8 of their last 11 played at a neutral site.

Holy Cross is 4-0 ATS after a SU win, and 5-0 ATS overall lately. They are 3-8 ATS at a neutral site, and 1-4 ATS on Wednesday night.

The total has gone UNDER in 10 of their last 13 against non-conference teams, and UNDER in 6 of their last 8 played at a neutral site. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 games coming off of a SU win, and UNDER in 7 of their last 10 games after a win spreadwise.

These teams have never met each other.

For Wednesday night's matchup, gambling odds list the Southern Jaguars as -2 ½ point favorites to defeat the Holy Cross Crusaders. The over/under is set at 129 points. On the moneyline, Southern is listed at -145, with Holy Cross a +125.