Sweet 16 Betting: Tickets & Handle for Saturday’s Games

Max Abmas #3, Kevin Obanor #0 and Kareem Thompson #2 of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles celebrate after defeating the Florida Gators in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Oral Roberts defeated Florida 81-78. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Oral Roberts erased a late 10-point deficit in a win over Western Illinois on Feb. 27, the first game of a back-to-back against the Leathernecks and second-to-last regular-season game for the Golden Eagles. That was the last time Oral Roberts didn’t cover a spread.

The four-point win in Tulsa, in which they were a 9.5-point favorite, was the first of seven straight wins, their longest winning streak in nine seasons. And they’ve covered the spread in six straight games, the longest active streak in college basketball. They’re an 11.5-point underdog against Arkansas in Saturday’s Sweet 16 games as they seek to become the first 15-seed to reach the Elite Eight in NCAA Tournament history.

As of Saturday morning, 74 percent of the spread tickets are on Oral Roberts, though that accounts for only 66 percent of the spread handle, the second-lowest share of the four games on Saturday. The line hasn’t moved since it was posted shortly after their upset of Florida on Sunday night.

Here are the ticket and handle numbers for all four Sweet 16 games on Saturday:

(8) Loyola Chicago vs. (12) Oregon State

Spread59% on Oregon State54% on Oregon State
Total75% on Over68% on Over

(1) Baylor vs. (5) Villanova

Spread73% on Baylor73% on Baylor
Total82% on Over80% on Over

(3) Arkansas vs. (15) Oral Roberts

Spread74% on Oral Roberts66% on Oral Roberts
Total69% on Over52% on Under

(2) Houston vs. (11) Syracuse

Spread60% on Syracuse69% on Syracuse
Total63% on Under55% on Under

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