Much like an NFL slate, the NCAA Tournament offers bettors the chance to assess lines over several days leading up to the games. While some bettors will be holding off until the day of the action to place their bets, others are confident enough to hop on board early in hopes that they nab a better line.


If you’re just diving into the lines now, we’ll cover the notable line moves, games that are seeing sharp action, the public’s favorite bets, and more. Here are all of the biggest betting storylines for the first-round of games.

All data as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday; for live betting percentages and a deeper dive into our tools, check out this link.

Most Heavily Bet Thursday Games

Loyola-Chicago/Miami-Florida (-1.5): This match-up between 6-seed Miami and 11-seed Loyola Chicago is not the sexiest game on the slate, but it is attracting the most number of bets. Spread bets have been relatively split, but the line has moved in Chicago’s favor. The #11 seed has gone from +2.5 to +1.5.

South Dakota State/Ohio State (-8): We’ve seen some interesting action on both the spread and total, both of which is covered in greater detail below.

Davidson/Kentucky (-5.5): This 12/5 match-up is seeing Kentucky, the 5-seed, get 65% of bets. However, percentage of dollars wagered is closer to 50/50, which has helped Davidson move from +6 to +5.5 across the market.

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