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The long, tortuous wait between the second round and Sweet 16 is almost over. Cherish the games while you can, as we only have 15 left in the entire tournament. Sad!

Just as everyone predicted, the first day of the Sweet 16 will not feature a single No. 1 or 2 seed. But betting value knows no seed. In the first part of our Sweet 16 preview, we will comprehensively cover each of the four Thursday NCAA Tournament games from all betting angles. We will examine the matchups on both ends of the floor in each game, and also look at trends, interesting nuggets, sharp action, and provide our experts’ favorite bets. We even take a look at an NBA Draft outlook for a Kentucky player on the rise.

Check back here up until game time for insight into last-minute sharp action, significant line moves and any other betting market info. Also, keep your eyes out for a similar betting preview for the four Friday Sweet 16 games at some point on Thursday.

Let’s get to it!

All spreads as of Wednesday afternoon. 

#11 Loyola Chicago vs. #7 Nevada -1.5 | O/U: 143.5

Atlanta, GA | 7:07 p.m. ET on CBS

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