This season, the top-two teams in the Northeast Conference were Wagner and Bryant by a wide margin. Now, they will face one another in the Northeast Conference championship game with a spot in the NCAA Tournament on the line. In our college basketball predictions for Tuesday, we look at Wagner vs Bryant and predict who will cover the number in this massive matchup for both teams.
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Wagner vs Bryant Betting Pick
This game will be played at Chace Athletic Center at 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
Why Bet On Wagner:
✅ There is a huge difference in defensive quality from both of these teams coming into the NEC championship game. Wagner allows 9.2 points per game less than Bryant does on the season, and that gap in the defenses between these teams is what could end up deciding who clinches the Northeast Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
✅ Bryant plays with one of the fastest paces in all of college basketball, ranking fifth in adjusted tempo according to KenPom. Look for Wagner to slow the game down and play intelligently, forcing Bryant to try and pick up the pace of the game by forcing things. Wagner will win this game with a more deliberate approach.
✅ It is worth noting that Bryant found itself in this same spot a season ago and failed to close the deal. They lost at home to Mount St. Mary’s in the Northeast Conference final a season ago, and really buckled under the pressure of that winner-take-all game. While they should be more composed this time around, Wagner will be the ones dancing when this game is over.
The Wagner Seahawks have enjoyed two blowout wins in the Northeast Conference tournament to reach the final against Bryant. They beat St. Francis (PA) in the first round by 29 points before beating the third seeded LIU Sharks by 20 to get to this stage. Now, Wagner will look to avenge a recent loss on the road against Bryant as they look to punch their ticket to the tournament.
For Wagner, this game will come down to how well they can defend and dictate the pace of the game. Bryant is looking to run from the opening tip until the final buzzer in its games, and it will be up to Wagner to try and slow them down and keep the point total low if they want to win and go dancing.
Bryant has had a much more difficult path to get to the NEC championship game, not in terms of the quality of their opponents, but in terms of how challenging the games have been. Bryant survived a one-point game against Mount St. Mary’s, who they lost to in last year’s NEC final, to get to the championship game. With Bryant losing in the championship game a season ago, they will look to avoid a second straight defeat with a tournament bid on the line.
In this game, Peter Kiss will look to continue his incredible season while making up for his performance in last year’s championship. Kiss dealt with foul trouble in last year’s NEC championship game, missing a good chunk of the second half after fouling out. He averages nearly 25 points per game, and staying on the court must be a priority for him this time around.