The 2017 NCAA Tournament Round of 32 resumes on Sunday, March 19, with 16 teams vying for the final eight spots in the Sweet 16. And just as there was through the first three days of the tournament, there’s money that can be won. Who’s ready for March Madness betting lines?
Top seed North Carolina is a heavy favorite (10.5 points) over SEC opponent Arkansas in the South Region. Kentucky is a 4.5-point favorite over Wichita State in the same region. The closest call is a 3-point spread in favor of Louisville over Michigan in the Midwest Region.
Here’s a look at the betting lines, odds and over/under for all eight of the games on Sunday, as set by BetOnline.ag:
2017 NCAA Tournament betting lines, spreads, odds, over/under for Sunday games
All game times are Eastern. Favorite is in bold
|Louisville vs. Michigan||-3||141||12:10 p.m.|
|Kentucky vs. Wichita State||-4.5||152.5||Approx 2:40 p.m.|
|Kansas vs. Michigan State||-8||148||5:15 p.m.|
|North Carolina vs. Arkansas||-10.5||162||6:10 p.m.|
|Oregon vs. Rhode Island||-5.5||139.5||7:10 p.m.|
|Baylor vs. USC||-7||142||Approx 7:45 p.m.|
|Duke vs. South Carolina||-7.5||142||Approx 8:40 p.m.|
|UCLA vs. Cincinnati||-3.5||153.5||Approx 9:40 p.m.|
2017 NCAA Tournament betting lines: Preview, best bets
North Carolina is on a mission to avenge last season’s heartbreaking ending in the national championship. UNC will get tested by Arkansas’ up-tempo pace and Heels point guard Joel Berry is fighting an ankle injury, but expect the Tar Heels to take care of business behind a strong performance by swingman Justin Jackson.
Wichita State will get a shot at redemption vs. Kentucky, which spoiled their undefeated season in 2014 in this same round. This one could go either way, but expect the Wildcats outlasting the physical, veteran-savvy Shockers once again, this time behind some timely buckets from freshman guard Malik Monk.
The potential best bet for an underdog is South Carolina over Duke. Frank Martin’s Gamecocks will be playing a virtual home game in Greenville, S.C., just a 90-minute drive from South Carolina’s campus. Add that to the fact SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell is on a roll with 2o-plus points in three of his last four games, and you have the makings of an upset.