- The Michigan Wolverines have -4100 odds to beat the Texas Southern Tigers.
- The Grand Canyon Antelopes have +775 longshot odds to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes.
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs are +33.5 favorites to beat the Norfolk State Spartans.
INDIANAPOLIS – It is March Madness time and some of the top seeds are hitting the court on Saturday to begin their National Championship quest.
Sports betting fans have plenty of action with these matchups.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be facing off against the Norfolk State Spartans, the Michigan Wolverines will battle it out with the Texas Southern Tigers, and the Iowa Hawkeyes will face the Grand Canyon Antelopes to start the Round of 64.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2021
Gonzaga Hits The Court
Gonzaga Bulldogs Vs. Norfolk State Spartans
Moneyline: Gonzaga -6000, Norfolk State +1600
Spread: Gonzaga +33.5
Totals: Over/Under 154
Gonzaga is the clear-cut favorite to win, as they should be. The Bulldogs have been the best team in the NCAA all year and have the potential to be considered the best college basketball team ever if they manage to win the tournament.
They are led by senior forward Corey Kispert who leads the team in points averaging 19.2 per game.
The team itself is the number one offense in college basketball and has a top ten defense on the season.
On the other hand, the Spartans have to rely entirely on Devante Smith. The senior guard leads the team in points at 15.0 per game, rebounds at 5.2 per game, and assists at 4.0 per game.
A breakout game from Smith can turn the +1600 underdog odds into major wins for some lucky longshot betting fans.
Or sports betting fans can wager against the Bulldogs to cover the 33.5-point spread, and possibly cash in on the +285 adjusted basketball odds if Norfolk State keeps it within 25.
Iowa Is A Strong Favorite
Iowa Hawkeyes Vs. Grand Canyon Antelopes
Moneyline: Iowa -1500, Grand Canyon +775
Spread: Iowa +14.5
Totals: Over/Under 145
The Iowa Hawkeyes are strong favorites to win thanks to their top 10 offense and defense. The team has been consistent all year and has a legit shot to win the entire tournament.
The Antelopes on the other hand will have a fight on their hands, but they may be able to surprise legal sports betting fans as Grand Canyon finished their season on a three-game winning streak.
Since the Antelopes were red hot towards the end, they could shock fans and pull the upset. Another option for betting fans, however, would be to wager on game props for points.
Betting on which team will get to 10, 20, or 40 points first could be a great way to cash in betting on Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon has +170 long odds to get 10 points first, +295 odds to get 20 points first, and +450 odds to get 40 points first.
An early start for the Antelopes could net underdog betting fans easy wins in this matchup.
All Eyes On Michigan
This is who we are …
This is what we have done …
We still have plenty left to do …
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) March 19, 2021
Michigan Wolverines Vs. Texas Southern Tigers
Moneyline: Michigan -4100, Texas Southern +1225
Spread: Michigan +25.5
Totals: Over/Under 142
The Texas Sothern Tigers have a hard fight ahead of them as Michigan has been dominant all year. The Wolverines finished the season with a 20-4 overall record, a 14-3 conference record, and a 13-1 home record.
The Wolverines average 76.3 PPG while holding opponents to 65.4 PPG, ending the season with a 10.9 average winning margin.
Michigan is helped mainly by the duo of freshman center Hunter Dickinson and senior guard Mike Smith. Dickenson leads the league in both points (14.2 PPG) and rebounds (7.6 RPG) while Smith leads the team with 5.4 assists per game.
This point guard center pick and roll offense has been a tear all season, and sports betting fans expect this to continue in the first round.
Longshot betting fans hoping for an upset may find Texas Sothern’s +1225 odds appealing, but a smarter wager may be leaning on alternate spreads.
Taking Texas Southern at +17.5, players could see a +275 return on their wager. All the Tigers would have to do is keep the game within 17 at the end, and underdog betting fans will be cashing in big.
College basketball betting fans can find odds like these and other March Madness betting lines available at online sportsbooks throughout the tournament.
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