Second Round Betting: Bettors Love Baylor, Illinois, West Virginia

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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Jul 28, 2021, 7:55 AM
Adam Miller #44, Andre Curbelo #5, and Ayo Dosunmu #11 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrate against the Drexel Dragons in the second half of the first round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 19, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Loyola Chicago beat Illinois, 79-64, in the Regional Final of the 1963 NCAA Tournament en route to their first (and only) national championship in program history. It was the Ramblers' first-ever win over the Illini in a series that now features 15 games and has been dominated by Illinois, 12-3. Bettors like the Illini to extend the all-time advantage in their Second Round matchup.

The two programs, separated by just 140 miles, have met only once since 2001 (a 2011 win by Illinois) and haven't played in the NCAA Tournament since 1963, their lone tourney meeting. On Sunday in Indianapolis, Illinois is a 7.5-point betting favorite, a spread that's attracted 73 percent of the tickets and 75 percent of the handle. It's the highest ticket share and second-highest handle share of any Second Round game on Sunday.

Here's the BetMGM ticket and handle breakdowns for the spread and totals of all eight games on Sunday:

(1) Illinois vs. (8) Loyola Chicago

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 73% on Illinois 75% on Illinois
Total 71% on Over 79% on Over

(1) Baylor vs. (9) Wisconsin

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 69% on Baylor 77% on Baylor
Total 61% on Over 65% on Over

(3) West Virginia vs. (11) Syracuse

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 57% on West Virginia 65% on West Virginia
Total 66% on Under 74% on Under

(3) Arkansas vs. (6) Texas Tech

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 59% on Arkansas 56% on Arkansas
Total 53% on Under 62% on Under

(2) Houston vs. (10) Rutgers

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 51% on Houston 52% on Houston
Total 57% on Over 56% on Over

(7) Florida vs. (15) Oral Roberts

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 58% on Oral Roberts 53% on Oral Roberts
Total 73% on Under 78% on Under

(5) Villanova vs. (13) North Texas

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 55% on North Texas 52% on North Texas
Total 72% on Over 71% on Over

(4) Oklahoma State vs. (12) Oregon State

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 61% on Oklahoma State 64% on Oklahoma State
Total 58% on Under 78% on Under

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