March Madness 2024 Predictions: NCAA Bracket Expert Picks Against the Spread, Odds for First 4 Games

 A closer look at the first four games to open the 2024 NCAA Tournament

The 2024 NCAA Tournament officially opened Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, with No. 10 seed Colorado State and No. 16 seed Wagner securing the first two wins in First Four action. Now, there are two more First Four games on Wednesday. The first match of each day ends a
t 6:40 p.m. ET with all four matchups on truTV and March Madness Live.
No. 16 Grambling and Montana State will play first, with the winner facing No. 1 seed Purdue in the Midwest Region. The next game will be No. 10 seed Colorado and Boise State vying for the top spot. The winner advances to the first round and will face No. 7 seed Florida on Friday.
The first four games have had mixed reviews over the years, but overall, the games serve as a perfectly tasty appetizer to the main course that is the first round of March Madness, which begins Thursday at noon.
Let's take a look at each of the first four games along with who the experts predict will not only advance to the first round, but potentially cover the spread.
SportsLine Consensus Odds | Always oriental
(16) Grambling State versus (16) Montana State
Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. | truTV, March Madness Live: After stealing the SWAC regular season and tournament titles, Grambling State is having its first ball in school history. The Tigers are 18-4 after a 2-10 start and are led by two standout guards in Quintavious Dozier and Tramichael Morton, who at least have what it takes to stay within that number, I think. Choose: Grambling +4

PARRISHNORLANDERBOONECOBBPATTERSON

ATS

MTST -4

MTST -4

GRAM +4

GRAM +4

GRAM +4

SU

MTST

MTST

MTST

MTST

GRAM

(10) Colorado versus (10) Boise State

Wednesday, 9:10 p.m. | truTV, March Madness Live: Few teams enter the NCAA Tournament with as much good vibes and renewed optimism as Colorado State. Colorado State has had some luck with injuries and ended up winning seven of its last eight games. Coach Tad Boyle has a talented team with future NBA talent playing with confidence heading into March Madness. Choose: Colorado -2.5

ParrishNorlanderBooneCobbPatterson

ATS

BOISE +2.5

COLO -2.5

COLO -2.5

BOISE +2.5

COLO -2.5

SU

BOISE

COLO

COLO

BOISE

COLO

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