The 2017 NCAA Tournament Round of 64 concludes on Friday, March 17 with 16 more matchups. And just as there was on Thursday, there’s money that can be won. Who’s ready for March Madness betting lines?
Top seeds North Carolina and Kansas have the largest lines of the day in No. 1 vs. No. 16 matchups, as to be expected. But there are some other games with close lines.
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 Friday games
All game times are Eastern.
|Friday, Mar 17, 2017 – NCAA Basketball Game|
|12:15 PM||827||Oklahoma State||+2½||-115||+120||Ov||153½||-110|
|12:40 PM||833||New Mexico State||+12½||-110||+635||Ov||134||-105|
|01:30 PM||823||Seton Hall||+1||-110||-105||Ov||146½||-110|
|02:45 PM||825||Jacksonville State||+20||-115||Ov||134||-110|
|04:00 PM||821||Texas Southern||+26½||-110||Ov||154½||-110|
|04:30 PM||843||Rhode Island||pk||-110||Ov||142||-110|
|06:50 PM||837||UC Davis||+23½||-110||Ov||145½||-110|
|07:10 PM||831||Wichita State||-6||-110||-265||Ov||145||-105|
|07:25 PM||847||Kansas State||+3½||-115||+145||Ov||130½||-110|
|09:20 PM||839||Michigan State||+2||-105||+115||Ov||125½||-110|
|09:40 PM||829||Northern Kentucky||+20||-110||Ov||152½||-110|
|09:55 PM||845||Kent State||+18||-115||Ov||161½||-110|
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.
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.