The Round of 64 in the 2017 NCAA Tournament kicks off on Thursday, March 16 with 16 games, and the NCAA Tournament betting lines are set.
Not only will these be some of the most watched college basketball games in the country, there will also be an enormous amount of money placed on these games as people anxiously tune in for upsets and bracket busters.
Top seeds Villanova and Gonzaga will have the largest lines of the day in No. 1 vs. No. 16 matchups, which makes sense given that a No. 16 seed has never defeated a top seed in the history of March Madness.
Otherwise, the field appears to be wide open for anything to happen in the other 14 games, where no line goes bigger than 17 points.
Here’s a look at the betting line, odds and over/under for all 16 of the games on Thursday, as set by BetOnline.ag:
2017 NCAA Tournament betting lines, spreads, odds, over/under for Thursday games
All game times are Eastern.
|Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 – NCAA Basketball Game|
|12:40 PM||721||North Carolina Wilmington||+7½||-110||o||+290||o||Ov||134½||-110|
|02:00 PM||737||South Dakota State||+22||-110||o||Ov||156||-110|
|03:10 PM||723||East Tennessee State||+10½||-110||o||+445||o||Ov||147||-115|
|04:00 PM||733||Middle Tennessee State||-1||-110||o||-115||o||Ov||135½||-110|
|07:00 PM||749||St. Peters||+1½||-110||o||+105||o||Ov||121½||-110|
|752||South Carolina Upstate||+4½||-110||o||+170||o||Un||147½||-105|
|07:10 PM||713||Mount St Marys||+26½||-110||o||Ov||132||-110|
|07:20 PM||743||Virginia Commonwealth||+4½||-105||o||+170||o||Ov||129½||-110|
|744||Saint Marys California||-4½||-115||o||-195||o||Un||129½||-110|
|08:00 PM||753||North Carolina-Asheville||-3½||-110||o||-165||o||Ov||151½||-115|
|08:00 PM||759||Stony Brook||+1||-110||o||-102||o||Ov||146||-110|
|09:20 PM||725||Florida Gulf Coast||+12||-110||o||+635||o||Ov||147||-115|
|09:40 PM||715||Virginia Tech||+5½||-110||o||+205||o||Ov||137||-110|
|09:50 PM||741||North Dakota||+17||-110||o||Ov||147½||-115|
|10:00 PM||757||Weber State||-1||-110||o||-118||o||Ov||147||-115|
|758||Cal State Fullerton||+1||-110||o||-102||o||Un||147||-105|
2017 NCAA Tournament betting lines: Preview, best bets
From Land of 10.com’s Steven Petrella:
The South Region appears to be the toughest to crack, with North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA as the top seeds. Dark horse Wichita State, which the advanced numbers love, is buried as a 10-seed in that bracket.
All three of the top seeds in that region are listed at 10-1 or lower — all among the eighth best in the country.
But despite the difficulties UNC could face in the bottom of that bracket, the Tar Heels probably have the easiest path to the Elite 8. Butler and Minnesota are the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in that region, and they’d be at least a six point favorite over both on a neutral court.
Villanova and Gonzaga have the easiest roads to the Elite 8 after that, but West Virginia looms as a No. 4 seed that could give Gonzaga trouble in the West Region. They’re our best value pick to win the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova may have some trouble in the Sweet 16 should they get there, as well. Florida and Virginia, two teams the numbers love, could be waiting for the Wildcats in that game.
While bettors may be looking for a long shot to cash in a tournament that seems like a complete toss-up, teams outside of 10-to-1 rarely cash. They may make a run to the Elite 8 or even the Final Four — think Wichita State in 2013, Syracuse in 2016, VCU in 2011. But since 1998, just one team outside of a top-three seed has won the NCAA Tournament — seventh-seeded Connecticut in 2014. The best teams usually win out in this tournament.