March Madness Betting Insights: Ohio-Virginia, BYU-UCLA, & More

Head coach Tony Bennett of the Virginia Cavaliers looks on during the second half of their quarterfinals game against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Bettors don’t like Virginia’s chances of ending a three-game ATS losing streak in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cavaliers covered the 23.5-point spread against Hampton in the First Round of the 2016 tournament but failed to cover against UNC Wilmington in 2017, UMBC in 2018 (the second-biggest March Madness betting upset ever), and Gardner-Webb in 2019. This year, they opened as 9.5-point favorites over 13-seed Ohio in their first tournament game since winning the national championship two years ago, but have since dropped to 7-point favorites.

As of Saturday morning, 76 percent of all spread tickets and 78 percent of the spread handle are on the Bobcats, the largest shares of any First Round game on Saturday. Only two of the 15 other games have tickets and handle shares above 70 percent.

Here are the March Madness betting insights for First Round games on Saturday:

(5) Georgetown vs. Colorado

Spread62% on Georgetown57% on Georgetown
Total66% on Under80% on Under

(4) Florida State vs. (13) UNC Greensboro

Spread71% on Florida State70% on Florida State
Total68% on Under64% on Under

(3) Kansas vs. (14) Eastern Washington

Spread50% on E. Washington55% on E. Washington
Total60% on Under64% on Under

(8) LSU vs. (9) St. Bonaventure

Spread68% on LSU67% on LSU
Total63% on Over69% on Over

(1) Michigan vs. (16) Texas Southern

Spread73% on Texas Southern74% on Texas Southern
Total63% on Under58% on Under

(5) Creighton vs. (12) UC Santa Barbara

Spread69% on UCSB64% on UCSB
Total51% on Under68% on Under

(2) Alabama vs. (15) Iona

Spread60% on Iona64% on Iona
Total65% on Over72% on Over

(6) USC vs. (11) Drake

Spread58% on USC71% on USC
Total68% on Under78% on Under

(2) Iowa vs. (15) Grand Canyon

Spread52% on Iowa55% on Grand Canyon
Total55% on Over68% on Over

(7) UConn vs. (10) Maryland

Spread56% on UConn60% on UConn
Total51% on Over52% on Over

(4) Virginia vs. (13) Ohio

Spread76% on Ohio78% on Ohio
Total65% on Over70% on Over

(8) Oklahoma vs. (9) Missouri

Spread57% on Missouri66% on Missouri
Total51% on Over60% on Over

(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) Norfolk State

Spread63% on Gonzaga55% on Norfolk State
Total55% on Over60% on Over

(6) BYU vs. (11) UCLA

Spread55% on BYU65% on BYU
Total52% on Over 54% on Over

(3) Texas vs. (14) Abilene Christian

Spread60% on Texas61% on Texas
Total51% on Over58% on Over

(7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU

Spread60% on Oregon70% on Oregon
Total55% on Under59% on Under

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