Ticket & Handle Insights for Second Round NCAA Tournament Betting

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

Spread64% on Iowa69% on Iowa
Total70% on Over76% on Over

(1) Gonzaga vs. (8) Oklahoma

Spread67% on Gonzaga77% on Gonzaga
Total60% on Over73% on Over

(11) UCLA vs. (14) Abilene Christian

Spread68% on UCLA72% on UCLA
Total82% on Over84% on Over

(5) Creighton vs. (13) Ohio

Spread68% on Ohio73% on Ohio
Total51% on Over50% on Over

(1) Michigan vs. (8) LSU

Spread55% on Michigan58% on Michigan
Total55% on Over52% on Under

(4) Florida State vs. (5) Colorado

Spread52% on Colorado63% on Colorado
Total76% on Over87% on Over

(2) Alabama vs. (10) Maryland

Spread73% on Alabama78% on Alabama
Total72% on Over78% on Over

(3) Kansas vs. (6) USC

Spread58% on Kansas67% on Kansas
Total67% on Over68% on Over

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