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First round preview of 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket

We take a look at how the full bracket has come together ahead of the 2021 NCAA tournament, including a preview of what and how to watch following Selection Sunday.

Is Purdue an easy cover in the first round?

The 2021 NCAA Tournament field is set. We have a field of 68 teams and the tournament tips off this Thursday with the First Four. The first round follows on Friday and Saturday and we’ll be off until the national champion is crowned on April 5th.

Here’s a look at the full 2021 March Madness odds and bracket for round one of the NCAA Tournament. We’ve got relevant stats for each team and will link to a preliminary preview for every single first round game.

East Region

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern

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Mount St. Mary’s-Texas Southern First Four preview

Michigan’s relevant stats

Record: 20-4, 14-3 Big Ten
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 5
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 7
ATS: 17-7
Over Total: 9-15
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +500

Mount St. Mary’s relevant stats

Record: 12-10, 9-7 NEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 287
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 137
ATS: 11-10
Over Total: 8-13
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

Texas Southern’s relevant stats

Record: 16-8, 10-3 SWAC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 236
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 235
ATS: 12-10-1
Over Total: 13-9-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 15 Iona

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Alabama’s relevant stats

Record: 23-6, 13-2 SEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 36
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 1
Against The Spread: 17-11-1
Over Total: 13-16
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +1300

Iona’s relevant stats

Record: 12-5, 6-3 MAAC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 210
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 160
ATS: 11-5-1
Over Total: 9-8
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 Abilene Christian

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Texas’ relevant stats

Record: 19-7, 11-6 Big 12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 21
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 36
ATS: 12-13-1
Over Total: 16-10
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +1700

Abilene Christian University’s relevant stats

Record: 23-4, 13-2 Southland
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 157
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 30
Against The Spread: 16-6
Over Total: 14-8
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 UNC-Greensboro

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Florida State’s relevant stats

Record: 16-6, 11-4 ACC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 10
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 48
ATS: 11-8-2
Over Total: 13-6-2
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2000

UNC-Greensboro’s relevant stats

Record: 21-8, 13-5 SoCon
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 129
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 67
ATS: 17-12
Over Total: 13-15-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +20000

No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Georgetown

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Colorado’s relevant stats

Record: 22-8, 14-6 Pac-12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 17
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 29
ATS: 17-12
Over Total: 10-18-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +3000

Georgetown’s relevant stats

Record: 13-12, 7-9 Big East
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 85
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 41
ATS: 16-9
Over Total: 11-14
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +10000

No. 6 BYU vs. No. 11 Michigan State/UCLA

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Michigan State-UCLA First Four preview

BYU’s relevant stats

Record: 20-6, 10-3 WCC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 28
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 26
ATS: 14-8-3
Over Total: 12-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +10000

Michigan State’s relevant stats

Record: 15-12, 9-11 Big Ten
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 97
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 33
ATS: 9-18
Over Total: 10-17
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +8000

UCLA’s relevant stats

Record: 17-9, 13-6 Pac-12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 25
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 87
ATS: 12-14
Over Total: 15-11
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +5000

No. 7 UConn vs. No. 10 Maryland

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Connecticut’s relevant stats

Record: 15-7, 11-6 Big East
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 24
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 25
ATS: 16-5-1
Over Total: 11-11
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +3000

Maryland’s relevant stats

Record: 16-13, 9-11 ACC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 41
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 27
ATS: 12-16
Over Total: 12-15-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +10000

No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 St. Bonaventure

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LSU’s relevant stats

Record: 18-8, 11-6 SEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 6
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 125
ATS: 12-13-1
Over Total: 15-10-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +6000

St. Bonaventure’s relevant stats

Record: 15-4, 11-4 A-10
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 44
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 20
ATS: 13-5-1
Over Total: 5-14
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +10000

South Region

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Hartford

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Baylor’s relevant stats

Record: 22-2, 13-1 Big 12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 3
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 44
ATS: 15-9
Over Total: 15-9
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +250

Hartford’s relevant stats

Record: 15-8, 8-6 America East
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 254
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 127
ATS: 14-8-1
Over Total: 8-15
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts

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Ohio State’s relevant stats

Record: 21-8, 12-8 Big Ten
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 4
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 76
ATS: 16-12-1
Over Total: 16-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +1300

Oral Roberts’ relevant stats

Record: 16-10, 1-5 Summit
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 75
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 285
ATS: 14-9
Over Total: 16-7
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 3 Arkansas vs. No. 14 Colgate

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Arkansas’ relevant stats

Record: 22-6, 13-4 SEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 34
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 15
ATS: 17-9-1
Over Total: 14-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2500

Colgate’s relevant stats

Record: 14-1, 12-1 Patriot
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 58
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 126
ATS: 9-5
Over Total: 7-7
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 North Texas

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Purdue’s relevant stats

Record: 18-9, 13-6 Big Ten
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 23
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 23
ATS: 14-11-2
Over Total: 14-13
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +3000

North Texas’ relevant stats

Record: 17-9, 9-5 C-USA
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 118
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 42
ATS: 14-9-1
Over Total: 10-14
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 5 Villanova vs. No. 12 Winthrop

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Villanova’s relevant stats

Record:16-6, 11-4 Big East
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 8
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 68
ATS: 11-10-1
Over Total: 12-10
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2000

Winthrop’s relevant stats

Record: 23-1, 17-1 Big South
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 120
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 70
ATS: 13-11
Over Total: 11-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +20000

No. 6 Texas Tech vs. No. 11 Utah State

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Texas Tech’s relevant stats

Record: 17-10, 9-8 Big 12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 33
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 24
ATS: 10-17
Over Total: 12-15
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +1300

Utah State’s relevant stats

Record: 20-8, 15-4 MWC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 112
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 9
ATS: 15-11
Over Total: 11-15
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +6000

No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech

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Florida’s relevant stats

Record: 14-9, 9-7 SEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 39
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 37
ATS: 10-13
Over Total: 10-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +7000

Virginia Tech’s relevant stats

Record: 15-6, 9-4 ACC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 54
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 54
ATS: 11-10
Over Total: 12-9
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +5000

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Wisconsin

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North Carolina’s relevant stats

Record: 18-10, 10-6 ACC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 52
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 14
ATS: 13-13-2
Over Total: 13-15
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4000

Wisconsin’s relevant stats

Record: 17-12, 10-10 Big Ten
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 32
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 13
ATS: 12-15-2
Over Total: 14-14-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4000

Midwest Region

No. 1 Illinois vs. No. 16 Drexel

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Illinois’ relevant stats

Record: 22-6, 16-4 Big Ten
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 7
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 5
ATS: 18-9-1
Over Total: 15-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +800

Drexel’s relevant stats

Record: 12-7, 4-5 CAA
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 96
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 247
ATS: 12-5-2
Over Total: 11-8
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 2 Houston vs. No. 15 Cleveland State

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Houston’s relevant stats

Record: 24-3, 14-3 American Conference
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 9
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 16
ATS: 17-8
Over Total: 12-13
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2000

Cleveland State’s relevant stats

Record: 19-7, 16-4 Horizon
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 199
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 121
ATS: 17-8-1
Over Total: 13-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 14 Morehead State

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West Virginia’s relevant stats

Record: 18-9, 11-6 Big 12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 11
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 65
ATS: 13-14
Over Total: 18-9
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2000

Morehead State’s relevant stats

Record: 23-7, 17-3 OVC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 214
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 72
ATS: 19-9
Over Total: 10-18
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +20000

No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 13 Liberty

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Oklahoma State’s relevant stats

Record: 20-8, 11-7 Big 12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 53
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 22
ATS: 17-10-1
Over Total: 19-8-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +800

Liberty’s relevant stats

Record: 23-5, 11-2 A-Sun
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 51
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 168
ATS: 16-8
Over Total: 12-11-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +20000

No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 12 Oregon State

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Tennessee’s relevant stats

Record: 18-8, 10-7 SEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 71
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 4
ATS: 13-12-1
Over Total: 11-15
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4500

Oregon State’s relevant stats

Record: 17-12, 10-10 Pac-12
KenPom Offense: 65
KenPom Defense: 117
ATS: 19-9-1
Over total: 18-11
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 Syracuse

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San Diego State’s relevant stats

Record: 23-4, 14-3 MWC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 44
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 11
ATS: 14-12
Over Total: 13-12-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +3000

Syracuse’s relevant stats

Record: 16-9, 9-7 ACC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 22
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 88
ATS: 12-13
Over Total: 13-12
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +8000

No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Rutgers

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Clemson’s relevant stats

Record: 16-7, 10-6 SEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 99
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 19
ATS: 11-11-1
Over Total: 12-11
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +7000

Rutgers’ relevant stats

Record: 15-11, 10-10 Big Ten
KenPom Offense: 75
KenPom Defense: 18
ATS: 13-12-1
Over total: 12-13-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 8 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech

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Loyola-Chicago’s relevant stats

Record: 24-4, 16-2 MVC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 48
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 2
ATS: 16-9-1
Over Total: 12-14
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4500

Georgia Tech’s relevant stats

Record: 17-8, 11-6 ACC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 27
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 52
ATS: 15-10
Over Total: 14-9-2
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4000

West Region

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Norfolk State/Appalachian State

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Norfolk State-Appalachian State First Four preview

Gonzaga’s relevant stats

Record: 26-0, 15-0 WCC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 1
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 11
ATS: 12-12-2
Over Total: 14-12
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +215

Norfolk State’s relevant stats

Record: 15-4, 8-4 MEAC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 204
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 219
ATS: 12-8-1
Over Total: 12-9
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

Appalachian State’s relevant stats

Record: 17-11, 7-8 Sun Belt
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 228
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 205
ATS: 14-9-1
Over Total: 11-13
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +20000

No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 Grand Canyon

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Iowa’s relevant stats

Record: 21-8, 14-6 Big Ten
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 2
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 50
ATS: 15-13-1
Over Total: 14-15
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +1500

Grand Canyon’s relevant stats

Record: 17-6, 9-3 WAC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 142
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency:74
ATS: 14-5
Over Total: 5-14
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 14 Eastern Washington

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Kansas’ relevant stats

Record: 20-8, 12-6 Big 12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 59
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 6
ATS: 14-12-1
Over Total: 13-14
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2000

Eastern Washington’s relevant stats

Record: 16-7, 12-3 Big Sky
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 86
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency:152
ATS: 15-7
Over Total: 12-10
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 Ohio

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Virginia’s relevant stats

Record: 18-6, 13-4 ACC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 12
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 32
ATS: 11-12-1
Over Total: 14-10
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2000

Ohio’s relevant stats

Record: 16-7, 9-5 MAC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 29
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 174
ATS: 14-7
Over Total: 12-9
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 5 Creighton vs. No. 12 UC Santa Barbara

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Creighton’s relevant stats

Record: 20-8, 14-6 Big East
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 14
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 39
ATS: 13-15
Over Total: 13-14-1
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2500

UCSB’s relevant stats

Record: 22-4, 13-3 Big West
KenPom Offense: 66
KenPom Defense: 82
ATS: 14-10
Over total: 11-13
Odds to win NCAA Championship: N/A

No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 Wichita State/Drake

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Wichita State-Drake First Four preview

USC’s relevant stats

Record: 22-7, 15-5 Pac-12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 30
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 18
ATS: 16-13
Over Total: 16-13
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4000

Wichita State’s relevant stats

Record: 16-5, 11-2 American Conference
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 55
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 103
ATS: 9-9-1
Over Total: 9-10
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +8000

Drake’s relevant stats

Record: 25-4, 15-3 Missouri Valley
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 19
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 120
ATS: 20-6-1 (2nd in D-1 by %)
Over Total: 17-10
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +6400

No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 VCU

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Oregon’s relevant stats

Record: 20-6, 14-4 Pac-12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 16
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 78
ATS: 14-12
Over Total: 17-9
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4000

VCU’s relevant stats

Record: 19-7, 10-5 A-10
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 119
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 8
ATS: 14-11
Over Total: 9-16
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +10000

No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Missouri

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Oklahoma’s relevant stats

Record: 15-10, 9-8 Big 12
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 35
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 53
ATS: 12-13
Over Total: 11-14
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +2500

Missouri’s relevant stats

Record: 16-9, 8-8 SEC
KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency: 50
KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency: 58
ATS: 12-13
Over Total: 13-9-3
Odds to win NCAA Championship: +4000