In the endless realm of bracket advice, you’ve probably heard about the 12/5 rule. But is Yale the team to pull the upset?
The Bulldogs are making their first-ever appearance in the dance, and they have a tough matchup against seasoned Big 12 squad Baylor. The Bears are also making a first, as the team has qualified for the tournament for third straight year for the first time in school history.
Don’t remember Baylor’s tournament run last season? The Bears were upset by Georgia State last year, giving us one of the tournament’s best moments.
Read on for a complete breakdown of this game, including live stream options and a look at odds.
Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: Click here for a complete live stream breakdown
Line: Baylor -5 via OddsShark
Game Preview: Baylor has most of the same roster from last year’s upset, and they have athletes that could pose a problem for the Yale defense. The Bulldogs are one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, but six-foot-eight forward Justin Sears is the team’s tallest player. That didn’t stop Yale from out rebounding teams by more than 11 per game this season, but Baylor should crash the boards better than any Ivy League school.
If Yale is going to make a run at the upset, they’ll need a strong supporters section. Yale qualified with help from strong play at home, where they went 13-0 this season. Today won’t be played at home, but Providence is less than two hours from Yale, much closer than the Baylor supporters in Waco.