Ticket & Handle Insights for Second Round NCAA Tournament Betting

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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Mar 22, 2021, 11:52 AM
Marcus Garrett #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks and Christian Braun #2 of the Kansas Jayhawks talk with teammates before the start of the second half against the Eastern Washington Eagles in the first round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 20, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Of the 16 Second Round games in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, only two featured lower-seeded teams as the favorite: One day after (6) Texas Tech failed to reach a third straight Sweet 16 with a loss to (3) Arkansas, (6) USC is seeking its first Sweet 16 since 2007 with a win over (3) Kansas.

In their first meeting with USC since 2011 (and 16th all-time), Kansas is a 1.5-point underdog in March Madness odds. If the Jayhawks fail to cover and lose, it'll be their second straight Second Exit after advancing to two Elite Eights and one Final Four in the three previous seasons. They hovered around .500 against the spread this entire season while USC, at 17-13, tied for the 15th-most ATS wins. And, unlike higher-seeded Arkansas against Texas tech, bettors like Kansas to cover.

As of Monday morning, 58 percent of spread tickets and 67 percent of the spread handle are on the Jayhawks. Here's the ticket and handle breakdown for Monday's Second Round games:

(2) Iowa vs. (7) Oregon

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 64% on Iowa 69% on Iowa
Total 70% on Over 76% on Over

(1) Gonzaga vs. (8) Oklahoma

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 67% on Gonzaga 77% on Gonzaga
Total 60% on Over 73% on Over

(11) UCLA vs. (14) Abilene Christian

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 68% on UCLA 72% on UCLA
Total 82% on Over 84% on Over

(5) Creighton vs. (13) Ohio

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 68% on Ohio 73% on Ohio
Total 51% on Over 50% on Over

(1) Michigan vs. (8) LSU

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 55% on Michigan 58% on Michigan
Total 55% on Over 52% on Under

(4) Florida State vs. (5) Colorado

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 52% on Colorado 63% on Colorado
Total 76% on Over 87% on Over

(2) Alabama vs. (10) Maryland

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 73% on Alabama 78% on Alabama
Total 72% on Over 78% on Over

(3) Kansas vs. (6) USC

Bet Ticket Handle
Spread 58% on Kansas 67% on Kansas
Total 67% on Over 68% on Over

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