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How the public is betting Round 1 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament as of Monday

We had Selection Sunday, now it’s Movement Monday as bettors take positions on the NCAA Tournament.

Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing cuts down the net after defeating the Creighton Bluejays in the final game of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.  Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 March Madness odds have been live for about 18 hours, and the punters are putting down positions on their favorite teams already. Let’s see how the bets are stacking up on the first round games at DraftKings Sportsbook.

The No. 12 Winthrop Eagles are six-point underdogs but a popular choice against the No. 5 Villanova Wildcats as bettors look to find the 12-5 upset that seems to happen so often in March Madness. Right now the run-and-gun Eagles are getting 74% of the action and 80% of the bets at DraftKings Sportsbook over the plodding Wildcats, who will be without the services of star point guard Collin Gillespie most likely.

Also there’s not a ton of faith in the No. 11 Utah State Aggies out here in the betting community, as No. 6 Texas Tech is receiving 83% of the handle and 89% of the bets in early trading. The Aggies lost 68-57 in the Mountain West Final to San Diego State, and despite having one of the best defenses in America, they shoot just 33.7% from three-point range. That’s not a great matchup for Chis Beard’s Red Raiders, who defend at a high-level as well by forcing a turnover on 23.8% of opponent possessions.

And if you’re wondering how Georgetown’s white-hot run in the Big East Tournament is translating to the wagerers, it’s quite well. Despite being a five-point underdog to No. 5 Colorado, Hoya Paranoia is receiving 67% of the action and 76% of the bets at DraftKings. The run of Patrick Ewing’s team in Madison Square Garden was capped with an all-time performance in a 73-48 win over Creighton, and makes them one of the scariest No. 12 seeds in the tournament. Colorado’s tough loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 finale didn’t impress bettors nearly as much.

Here are the betting splits for the 2021 NCAA Tournament as of now from DraftKings Sportsbook:

2021 NCAA Tournament Betting Splits March 15

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
#10 Virginia Tech +1 43% 50% Over 137.5 77% 66% -105 33% 56%
#7 Florida -1 57% 50% Under 137.5 23% 34% -114 67% 44%
#11 Utah State +5 17% 11% Over 131.0 56% 38% +180 11% 14%
#6 Texas Tech -5 83% 89% Under 131.0 44% 62% -220 89% 86%
#14 Colgate +9.5 52% 49% Over 162.5 94% 84% +370 32% 24%
#3 Arkansas -9.5 48% 51% Under 162.5 6% 16% -480 68% 76%
#15 Oral Roberts +16.5 83% 43% Over 155.5 95% 69% +1050 25% 10%
#2 Ohio State -16.5 17% 57% Under 155.5 5% 31% -2000 75% 90%
#16 Drexel +22.5 40% 28% Over 144.5 70% 51% +1800 58% 12%
#1 Illinois -22.5 60% 72% Under 144.5 30% 49% -10000 42% 88%
#16 Hartford +26 14% 32% Over 141.0 10% 52% OTB
#1 Baylor -26 86% 68% Under 141.0 90% 48%
#9 Georgia Tech +2 46% 51% Over 124.5 84% 87% +112 74% 68%
#8 Loyola Chicago -2 54% 49% Under 124.5 16% 13% -134 26% 32%
#12 Oregon State +7.5 87% 72% Over 133.0 13% 55% +275 53% 31%
#5 Tennessee -7.5 13% 28% Under 133.0 87% 45% -345 47% 69%
#13 Liberty +9.5 58% 60% Over 142.5 76% 57% +380 11% 9%
#4 Oklahoma State -9.5 42% 40% Under 142.5 24% 43% -500 89% 91%
#9 Wisconsin +2 38% 34% Over 139.0 48% 31% +112 51% 60%
#8 North Carolina -2 62% 66% Under 139.0 52% 69% -132 49% 40%
#15 Cleveland State +20 46% 39% Over 135.0 59% 61% +1400 45% 18%
#2 Houston -20 54% 61% Under 135.0 41% 39% -3335 55% 82%
#13 North Texas +7 25% 13% Over 125.0 59% 83% +260 15% 10%
#4 Purdue -7 75% 87% Under 125.0 41% 17% -315 85% 90%
#10 Rutgers -1 91% 75% Over 126.5 9% 65% -117 73% 68%
#7 Clemson +1 9% 25% Under 126.5 91% 35% -103 27% 32%
#11 Syracuse +2.5 8% 33% Over 138.5 60% 42% +125 29% 60%
#6 San Diego State -2.5 92% 67% Under 138.5 40% 58% -148 71% 40%
#14 Morehead State +12.5 39% 31% Over 137.5 71% 73% +650 18% 13%
#3 West Virginia -12.5 61% 69% Under 137.5 29% 27% -1000 82% 87%
#12 Winthrop +6 74% 80% Over 140.0 92% 74% +215 71% 56%
#5 Villanova -6 26% 20% Under 140.0 8% 26% -265 29% 44%
#12 Georgetown +5 67% 76% Over 138.0 49% 72% +175 92% 83%
#5 Colorado -5 33% 24% Under 138.0 51% 28% -210 8% 17%
#12 UC Santa Barbara +6.5 93% 84% Over 139.5 95% 78% +235 76% 57%
#5 Creighton -6.5 7% 16% Under 139.5 5% 22% -286 24% 43%
#13 UNC Greensboro +11.5 78% 43% Over 145.5 27% 52% +510 14% 10%
#4 Florida State -11.5 22% 57% Under 145.5 73% 48% -715 86% 90%
#14 Eastern Washington +10.5 69% 43% Over 143.0 96% 82% +475 11% 18%
#3 Kansas -10.5 31% 57% Under 143.0 4% 18% -625 89% 82%
#15 Iona +17 66% 44% Over 146.0 96% 91% +1050 52% 17%
#2 Alabama -17 34% 56% Under 146.0 4% 9% -2000 48% 83%
#9 St. Bonaventure +2 14% 12% Over 144.5 94% 73% +108 16% 42%
#8 LSU -2 86% 88% Under 144.5 6% 27% -129 84% 58%
#15 Grand Canyon +15 62% 36% Over 145.0 87% 56% +900 25% 11%
#2 Iowa -15 38% 64% Under 145.0 13% 44% -1667 75% 89%
#10 Maryland +2.5 8% 27% Over 130.0 20% 60% +120 16% 55%
#7 UConn -2.5 92% 73% Under 130.0 80% 40% -143 84% 45%
#13 Ohio +8 94% 84% Over 131.5 72% 56% +290 43% 45%
#4 Virginia -8 6% 16% Under 131.5 28% 44% -375 57% 55%
#9 St. Bonaventure +2 14% 12% Over 144.5 94% 73% +108 16% 42%
#8 Oklahoma -2 76% 86% Under 141.0 92% 73% -132 51% 56%
#14 Abilene Christian +9 54% 24% Over 139.5 71% 56% +350 8% 6%
#3 Texas -9 46% 76% Under 139.5 29% 44% -455 92% 94%
#10 VCU +6 29% 24% Over 137.0 18% 69% +215 36% 36%
#7 Oregon -6 71% 76% Under 137.0 82% 31% -265 64% 64%

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