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NCAA Tournament Odds, Betting Trends: Michigan vs. Tennessee, Arkansas vs. New Mexico State Among Saturday’s Most Popular Public Picks

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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.

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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 🔥

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— 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.

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