The BYU Cougars closed the season strong, going 10-2 down the stretch, including a win over then-No. 3 Gonzaga.
Their reward was an at-large bid and an No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But they were also sent to Dayton to play in a First Four game, where they’ll meet Ole Miss (20-12), another 11 seed. The winner gets to play West Regional No. 6 seed Xavier on Thursday.
BYU (25-9) opened as a 2-point favorite, but the line has moved to 3.5 from sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
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BYU-Ole Miss Point Spread
BYU … -3.5
Ole Miss … +3.5
Ole Miss is 17-14 against the spread, while BYU is 16-17.
But over the last 10 games, the Rebels are 4-6 ATS and the Cougars are 7-3.
Ole Miss is 5-5 straight up over the last 10, while BYU is 8-2.
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BYU-Ole Miss Over-Under
Over-Under … 157
Ole Miss has a 15-12 Over-Under record and BYU is 17-11-1.
For both teams, the OVER has won in 3 of the past 5 games.
The total has gone under in 6 of Mississippi’s last 9 games.
BYU-Ole Miss Odds to Win the NCAA Tournament
BYU … 200/1
Ole Miss … 200/1
BYU is somewhat of a surprising choice to participate in the First Four games. The Cougars shrugged off a so-so start to finish strong, winning 8 of 9 games. Ole Miss was the opposite; the Rebels lost 5 of 8 to finish the season.
Realistically, neither team is probably going to win it all. But No. 11 seeds have made some noise in recent years. In 2011, VCU made it to the Final Four, five years after 11th-seeded George Mason surprised the world by making a trip the national semifinals. LSU also did it in 1986.
No. 11 BYU (25-9) vs. No. 11 Ole Miss (20-12)
NCAA Tournament First Four Game – West Regional
University of Dayton Arena – Dayton, Ohio
9:10 p.m. Eastern