NCAA Tournament Odds, Betting Trends: Michigan vs. Tennessee, Arkansas vs. New Mexico State Among Saturday’s Most Popular Public Picks
Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images. Pictured: Head Coach Eric Musselman of the Arkansas Razorbacks
The madness rolls on as the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 unfolds Saturday.
After nearly a week of dissecting the first-round matchups, bettors immediately get another fresh cycle of games, including No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 3 Tennessee and No. 5 St. Mary’s vs. No. 3 UCLA tonight.
Those two headliners are also hot commodities for the betting public, as they’re among two of the most-popular bets Saturday.
Here are the five showdowns featuring plenty of lopsided action.
Saturday’s NCAAB Odds & Betting Trends
*Odds and public betting trends data as of Saturday afternoon
5 Most Popular College Basketball Bets
Tennessee (-6) vs. Michigan
5:15 p.m. ET
Tennessee whacked Longwood by 32 in the opening round, and that may have been enough to get more public support.
The Volunteers are generating 73% of the 43,000 and counting tickets Saturday vs. Michigan, the most of any spread on the board.
Providence (-3.5) vs. Richmond
6:10 p.m. ET
Bettors apparently don’t think Richmond can pull off a second-consecutive upset — Providence is attracting 68% of the tickets Saturday.
St. Mary’s (+3) vs. UCLA
7:10 p.m. ET
St. Mary’s has been one of the best bets in basketball, tying for fifth nationally in cover rate (20-10-2, 66.7%) entering Saturday.
Bettors are riding the wave, as the underdog is pulling in 62% of the spread bets against UCLA.
New Mexico State (+6.5) vs. Arkansas
8:40 p.m. ET
Can 12-seeded New Mexico State punch its ticket to the Sweet 16?
After sending UConn packing with an upset win in the opener, the Aggies are getting 58% of the spread bets for Saturday’s second-round tilt vs. Arkansas.
TEDDY ALLEN WITH THE AND-1 FOR NEW MEXICO STATE
He has 33 points 🔥
— Action Network Colleges (@ActionColleges) March 18, 2022
St. Peters vs. Murray State Over 130
7:45 p.m. ET
Bettors think the Peacocks and Racers can smash a low number.
The 80% of tickets on over 130 marks the most of any total on Saturday’s slate.