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How the public is betting Friday’s round 1 games in the 2021 NCAA Tournament

One of the best days of the sports calendar is here as the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament gets underway. We run down betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook. for Friday’s slate.

Arkansas Razorbacks forward Justin Smith attempts a shot against LSU Tigers forward Mwani Wilkinson during the second half at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

One of the best days on the sports calendar is here. 16 games, 12+ hours of basketball, eight winners, at least two upsets that will get you out of your chair, and one boss you need to either ignore or watch games with all day.

For all the flaws of college sports and how they are administered, the NCAA Tournament is beautiful in its simplicity. Win and go on, lose and go home. 40 minutes for your season. And those that succeed end up immortalized in lore forever. UMBC. Valparaiso. Villanova. Texas Western. They are forever tied with what they did on magical days in March. And they all also covered the spread!

The journey begins today, and a nation celebrates. It’s been 710 days since we gathered to watch the biggest show in American sports. Let’s have some fun... and make some money too. You’ve got an office pool to win, and a pick that needs to cover!

Here are the splits for Friday, March 19: Day 1 of the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

2021 NCAA Tournament first round betting splits, Friday

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 +0.5 57% 50% Over 135.0 42% 71% -112 67% 52%
#7 Florida -0.5 43% 50% Under 135.0 58% 29% -107 33% 48%
#14 Colgate +9 44% 44% Over 161.5 65% 49% +325 32% 25%
#3 Arkansas -9 56% 56% Under 161.5 35% 51% -420 68% 75%
#16 Drexel +23 28% 31% Over 143.5 59% 64% +2000 37% 16%
#1 Illinois -23 72% 69% Under 143.5 41% 36% -10000 63% 84%
#11 Utah State +4 40% 28% Over 131.0 38% 55% +155 17% 25%
#6 Texas Tech -4 60% 72% Under 131.0 62% 45% -186 83% 75%
#15 Oral Roberts +16 53% 37% Over 157.0 76% 51% +950 22% 12%
#2 Ohio State -16 47% 63% Under 157.0 24% 49% -1667 78% 88%
#16 Hartford +25.5 39% 43% Over 141.0 33% 67% +1600 22% 11%
#1 Baylor -25.5 61% 57% Under 141.0 67% 33% -10000 78% 89%
#9 Georgia Tech +5.5 49% 57% Over 124.0 61% 84% +200 57% 50%
#8 Loyola Chicago -5.5 51% 43% Under 124.0 39% 16% -245 43% 50%
#12 Oregon State +8.5 65% 71% Over 131.0 43% 72% +340 32% 28%
#5 Tennessee -8.5 35% 29% Under 131.0 57% 28% -455 68% 72%
#13 Liberty +7 55% 42% Over 139.0 64% 63% +255 12% 14%
#4 Oklahoma State -7 45% 58% Under 139.0 36% 37% -315 88% 86%
#9 Wisconsin +1.5 37% 38% Over 137.5 29% 56% +104 50% 54%
#8 North Carolina -1.5 63% 62% Under 137.5 71% 44% -124 50% 46%
#15 Cleveland State +20 44% 44% Over 134.0 65% 78% +1400 38% 17%
#2 Houston -20 56% 56% Under 134.0 35% 22% -3335 62% 83%
#13 North Texas +7 23% 22% Over 126.0 55% 78% +235 9% 9%
#4 Purdue -7 77% 78% Under 126.0 45% 22% -286 91% 91%
#10 Rutgers -2 79% 60% Over 125.5 44% 65% -129 60% 60%
#7 Clemson +2 21% 40% Under 125.5 56% 35% +108 40% 40%
#11 Syracuse +3 36% 48% Over 138.5 57% 46% +128 53% 56%
#6 San Diego State -3 64% 52% Under 138.5 43% 54% -152 47% 44%
#14 Morehead State +13 49% 41% Over 137.5 51% 59% +700 31% 18%
#3 West Virginia -13 51% 59% Under 137.5 49% 41% -1115 69% 82%
#12 Winthrop +6.5 67% 72% Over 143.5 83% 63% +235 59% 54%
#5 Villanova -6.5 33% 28% Under 143.5 17% 37% -286 41% 46%

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