March Madness is officially here and so are the 2021 NCAA Tournament odds. Following last year’s absence, this year’s tournament figures to draw substantial betting action, so let’s waste no time jumping into a thorough looking at the betting lines.

With the 2021 NCAA Tournament odds and lines now on the board, let’s take a look at the first round lines, favorites to win it all, and important betting trends to know before filling out those brackets and making picks.

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There’s no doubt that this has been a crazy year of college basketball, so it’s not a stretch to figure that a typically unpredictable tournament may be more unpredictable than ever. Avid sports fans know that the first round odds rarely tell the story of each game, as underdogs often pull off improbable upsets.

With so many games on the board throughout the weekend, betting action figures to be fast and furious, particularly given this year’s NCAA Tournament marks the first time that bettors in several states can legally wager on March Madness. In fact, bettors in Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois (among others) will be able to legally place bets on the action this year.

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2021 NCAA Tournament Odds

With the conference tournament champions now determined, the 2021 NCAA Tournament odds and field are set. Here’s a look at the odds for each game.

THU MAR 18TH
POINT SPREAD
TOTAL POINTS
MONEYLINE
4:00PM
Norfolk State
+1.5
-109
O 135.5
-108
+104
Appalachian State
-1.5
-110
U 135.5
-112
-124
FRI MAR 19TH
POINT SPREAD
TOTAL POINTS
MONEYLINE
4:00PM
Hartford
+25.5
-109
O 141.5
-113
Baylor
-25.5
-110
U 141.5
-107
4:00PM
Utah State
+4.5
-108
O 132.5
-113
+165
Texas Tech
-4.5
-112
U 132.5
-107
-200
4:00PM
Cleveland State
+19
-109
O 135.5
-109
+1300
Houston
-19
-110
U 135.5
-112
-3335
4:00PM
Drexel
+22
-109
O 145
-108
+1900
Illinois
-22
-110
U 145
-112
-10000
4:00PM
Colgate
+9
-109
O 157.5
-108
+340
Arkansas
-9
-110
U 157.5
-112
-435
4:00PM
Rutgers
-1
-109
O 129
-108
-114
Clemson
+1
-112
U 129
-112
-104
4:00PM
Virginia Tech
+1
-112
O 137.5
-108
-105
Florida
-1
-109
U 137.5
-112
-114
4:00PM
Georgia Tech
+1.5
-109
O 127.5
-108
+104
Loyola Chicago
-1.5
-110
U 127.5
-113
-124
4:00PM
Syracuse
+1
-112
O 137.5
-108
-105
San Diego State
-1
-109
U 137.5
-112
-114
4:00PM
Wisconsin
+2.5
-109
O 139
-108
+120
North Carolina
-2.5
-112
U 139
-112
-143
4:00PM
Oral Roberts
+17.5
-109
O 154.5
-110
+1100
Ohio State
-17.5
-110
U 154.5
-109
-2500
4:00PM
Liberty
+9.5
-110
O 146.5
-108
+375
Oklahoma State
-9.5
-110
U 146.5
-112
-500
4:00PM
North Texas
+8
-110
O 125.5
-112
+300
Purdue
-8
-110
U 125.5
-109
-385
4:00PM
Oregon State
+8.5
-109
O 135
-113
+325
Tennessee
-8.5
-110
U 135
-107
-420
4:00PM
Winthrop
+6
-109
O 137
-113
+215
Villanova
-6
-110
U 137
-108
-265
4:00PM
Morehead State
+12
-109
O 137.5
-107
+575
West Virginia
-12
-110
U 137.5
-113
-835
SAT MAR 20TH
POINT SPREAD
TOTAL POINTS
MONEYLINE
4:00PM
Iona
+16
-109
O 143.5
-110
+1050
Alabama
-16
-110
U 143.5
-110
-2000
4:00PM
Georgetown
+5
-109
O 139
-107
+180
Colorado
-5
-112
U 139
-113
-220
4:00PM
Missouri
+2
-109
O 141
-108
+112
Oklahoma
-2
-112
U 141
-112
-132
4:00PM
Maryland
+2.5
-109
O 131.5
-108
+120
UConn
-2.5
-112
U 131.5
-112
-143
4:00PM
UC Santa Barbara
+8.5
-109
O 140.5
-107
+330
Creighton
-8.5
-110
U 140.5
-113
-420
4:00PM
UNC Greensboro
+10.5
-110
O 145.5
-108
+450
Florida State
-10.5
-110
U 145.5
-112
-625
4:00PM
Grand Canyon
+16
-109
O 144.5
-110
+1000
Iowa
-16
-110
U 144.5
-110
-2000
4:00PM
Ohio
+10.5
-110
O 132
-107
+460
Virginia
-10.5
-110
U 132
-113
-625
4:00PM
Eastern Washington
+11.5
-110
O 141
-108
+550
Kansas
-11.5
-110
U 141
-112
-770
4:00PM
Abilene Christian
+10
-110
O 139
-113
+410
Texas
-10
-110
U 139
-107
-560
4:00PM
VCU
+5.5
-109
O 138
-107
+195
Oregon
-5.5
-110
U 138
-113
-240

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2021 NCAA Tournament Odds on Tournament Winner

Gonzaga enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, but oddsmakers remain high on squads such as Illinois, Michigan and Baylor.

Here are the current odds of some of the top favorites:

  • Gonzaga: +215
  • Baylor: +250
  • Michigan: +600
  • Illinois: +800
  • Oklahoma State: +1400
  • Texas: +1700
  • Alabama: +2000
  • Florida State: +2000

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March Madness Betting Trends to Know

If you’re looking to wager on the 2021 NCAA Tournament odds, then there are some important betting trends worth knowing.

Bettors love to focus on No 1. vs. No. 16 matchups, No. 8 vs. No. 9 showdowns, and the ever popular No. 5 vs. No. 12 games.

Let’s take a look at some important trends to know before filling out your March Madness brackets and making individual game wagers.

  • The first thing to know is that No. 1 seeds aren’t losing in the first round. In the history of the tourney, No. 1 seeds are a ridiculous 135-1 outright against No. 16 seeds. The only loss came back in 2018 when No. 1 Virginia lost to No. 16 UMBC.
  • Speaking of No. 1 seeds, they’re a great bet to win, but not always the best bet to cover. Over the last 15 tournaments, No. 1 seeds are just 30-29-1 ATS — just barely over a 50% cover rate. When they’re favored by 20+ points, like we see this year with teams like Baylor (-26.5 over Hartford) and Gonzaga, No. 1 seeds are only 21-27 ATS.
  • Looking to bang a No. 12 seed such as UCSB or Winthrop? Know that No. 12 seeds are 333-325-2 ATS over the last 15 years. When an underdog of six points or less, No. 12 seeds are 24-14-1 ATS — that’s covering more than 60% of the time. Pretty good.
  • Looking to get into some No. 8 vs. No. 9 action? It really is a toss up, at least recently, as No. 9 seeds are 29-28-3 ATS. That being said, when the No. 9 seed is an underdog (which isn’t always the case), they are a profitable 20-13-1 ATS.  You may want to stay away when the No. 9 is a favorite — such teams are just 9-15-1 ATS in that role.

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