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How NCAA Tournament first round point spreads moved overnight

The odds are out and we’re already seeing some early movement at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett coaches against UNCW during a first round game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The NCAA Tournament field is set and odds have been installed for the first round matchups. We still await for sets of first round odds once the First Four games are settled, but we have a great starting point as the week of the tournament dawns.

It’s been a little over 12 hours since the bracket was unveiled, and we already are seeing some notable point spread movement at DraftKings Sportsbook. Most games are fairly settled with movement of no more than half a point, but 11 of the 32 games for which we have odds have seen the line move at least one point. Six of the games have moved in favor of the underdog and five have moved in favor of the favorite.

As the week progresses, we’ll start to get a look at public betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook. We’ll want to keep an eye out for where there’s reverse line movement and where the public is aggressively pushing the lines. In the meantime, here’s what the movement looks like 12 hours into tourney week.

Move for underdog

Virginia moved from -10 to -8 vs. Ohio
Creighton moved from -8.5 to -6.5 vs. UC Santa Barbara
Iowa moved from -16 to -14.5 vs. Grand Canyon
Tennessee moved from -8.5 to -7.5 vs. Oregon State
Purdue moved from -8 to -7 vs. North Texas
Ohio State moved from -17.6 to -16.5 vs. Oral Roberts

Move for favorite

San Diego State moved from -1 to -3 vs. Syracuse
Houston moved from -19 to -20 vs. Cleveland State
Florida State moved from -10.5 to -11.5 vs. UNC Greensboro
Alabama moved from -16 to -17 vs. Iona
Michigan State moved from -1 to -2 vs. UCLA

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