Easiest Bet of the NCAA Tournament? Vegas Bettors Loading up on Houston Over Ohio State

Mar 24, 2019 1:12 PM EDT
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  • Houston plays Ohio State in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
  • The Cougars are 6-point favorites and getting a ton of love from the public, including 92% of the tickets at William Hill sportsbooks.

Before beating Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State had lost seven of its 10 games down the stretch.

So it’s no wonder that bettors are rushing to fade the Buckeyes in their second-round game vs. Houston on Sunday. In fact, at William Hill properties, the Cougars are getting an incredible 92% of the money as 6-point favorites, according to The Action Network’s Darren Rovell.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook isn’t quite as lopsided — 79% of tickets and 69% of money — but Houston is still a very popular wager.

The Action Network’s proprietary public money data jives with the word from the desert, as the Cougars are getting 76% of tickets and 79% of money at the time of writing, making them the most popular bet of the day — and one of the most popular bets of the tournament.

According to our Bet Labs data, tournament teams are 69-84-7 (45.1%) against the spread when getting 70%+ of tickets since 2005. The favorites within that dataset are 64-82-5 (43.8%).

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