Oral Roberts’ Max Abmas (3) lays up between Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr. (4) and E.J. Liddell (32) during the second half of a first round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Friday, March 19, 2021, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Oral Roberts won 75-72 in overtime. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
- The Second Round of the NCAA Tournament tips-off Sunday (March 21st), with eight games starting at 12:10 pm ET
- Florida is the biggest favorite on the board, while the Gators matchup versus Oral Roberts also has the highest total
- See below for analysis on Sunday’s Second Round odds
The Madness continues on Sunday (March 21st), as Second Round action tips-off at the NCAA Tournament starting at 12:10 pm ET. A jammed pack eight-game slate is on the docket, featuring top seeds and a trio of programs coming off massive upsets.
Second Round Odds (Sunday, March 21)
|(8) Loyola Chicago||+7.0 (-110)||+240||Over 133.5 (-116)||Sun. 12:10 pm ET|
|(1) Illinois||-7.0 (-110)||-295||Under 133.5 (-106)|
|(9) Wisconsin||+6.5 (-110)||+220||Over 137.0 (-106)||Sun. 2:40 pm ET|
|(1) Baylor||-6.5 (-110)||-270||Under 137.0 (-116)|
|(11) Syracuse||+3.5 (-110)||+142||Over 147.5 (-110)||Sun. 5:15 pm ET|
|(3) West Virginia||-3.5 (-110)||-168||Under 147.5 (-110)|
|(6) Texas Tech||-1.0 (-110)||-118||Over 140.5 (-110)||Sun. 6:10 pm ET|
|(3) Arkansas||+1.0 (-110)||+100||Under 140.5 (-110)|
|(10) Rutgers||+8.0 (-115)||+290||Over 132.0 (-110)||Sun. 7:10 pm ET|
|(2) Houston||-8.0 (-105)||-370||Under 132.0 (-110)|
|(15) Oral Roberts||+8.5 (-116)||+290||Over 148.0 (-110)||Sun. 7:45 pm ET|
|(7) Florida||-8.5 (-106)||-360||Under 148.0 (-110)|
|(13) North Texas||+6.5 (-110)||+220||Over 126.5 (-110)||Sun. 8:45 pm ET|
|(5) Villanova||-6.5 (-110)||-270||Under 126.5 (-110)|
|(12) Oregon St.||+6.0 (-116)||+205||Over 142.0 (-106)||Sun. 9:40 pm ET|
|(4) Oklahoma St.||-6.0 (-106)||-250||Under 142.0 (-116)|
Odds taken March 20th at FanDuel and Bet365.
One of those Cinderella candidates is Oral Roberts, who’ll take on Florida in the 15 vs 7 matchup in the South Region. The Golden Eagles shocked 2-seed Ohio State on Friday, but are getting no love from online sportsbooks ahead of their clash with the Gators.
2021 NCAA Men’s Tournament Championship Odds Tracker
Biggest and Smallest Spreads
Oral Roberts is currently an 8.5-point underdog versus Florida, which represents the most lopsided spread on the boards. They’re just the ninth 15-seed in NCAA Tournament history to upset a 2-seed, but their performance was no fluke.
Oral Roberts DOES NOT CARE about your bracket. pic.twitter.com/QmWdCf4AKc
— ESPN (@espn) March 19, 2021
The Golden Eagles entered March Madness on a five-game winning streak, which included a Summit League Championship. They committed just six turnovers in the First Round, and still managed to upset the Buckeyes despite one of their worst shooting performances of the season.
🔊 Found a way through adversity (𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝔂𝓮𝓪𝓻).#MarchMadness | #GatorsHoop pic.twitter.com/MS9lfJME7p
— Florida Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) March 20, 2021
The Gators on the other hand, barely snuck past Virginia Tech, needing overtime to down the Hokies. They struggled down the stretch in league play and didn’t make it out of the quarterfinal in the SEC Tournament. Florida’s victory over VT was also the first time they’ve covered in their past five outings, and they were just 2-5 ATS as a favorite of 7.5-points or more this season.
The lowest spread on the board meanwhile, has Texas Tech favored by 1 over Arkansas in the South Region’s 6 vs 3 matchup. The Red Raiders are the only lower seed currently favored on Sunday, and are fresh off forcing 22 turnovers against Utah State, while holding the Aggies to 53 points.
Having fun yet? 😉#4To1 | #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/ImUEBbw1of
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) March 20, 2021
Arkansas meanwhile, dug themselves an early 14-point hole versus Colgate, but quickly turned things around and wound up cruising to a 17-point victory.
Highest and Lowest Totals
As far as Sunday’s totals go, the highest one belongs to the Golden Eagles and Gators at 148. Oral Roberts ranked 11th in the nation in points per game this season, and were the best free throw shooting team in the country. They have two legit stars in Kevin Obanor and Max Abmas, who combined for 59 points against Ohio State.
Max Abmas is cold.
🥶 29 Pts
🥶 5 Rebs
🥶 3 Ast
🥶 Played all 45 minutes
🥶 Led 15-seed Oral Roberts to an upset over 2-seed Ohio State
Making a name for himself in March. pic.twitter.com/HR49u7RCdW
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 19, 2021
Florida doesn’t boast a defense to fear, but features a group more than capable of putting up big points. The Gators averaged 74 points per outing this season, and should have no problem scoring on an Oral Roberts program that ranked 274th in adjusted defensive efficiency (per KenPom).
The lowest total on the board belongs to North Texas and Villanova, in the South Region’s 13 vs 5 matchup. The Wildcats held Winthrop to 63 points and 36.2% from the field in the First Round, marking the fifth time in seven games they’ve held an opponent below 64 points.
#MarchMadness 𝗪𝗜𝗡 ✌️ pic.twitter.com/GiElTvhYAo
— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) March 20, 2021
The Mean Green pulled off Friday’s second biggest upset and are known for their defensive prowess. They ranked 11th in the country in points allowed and held opposing teams to 40.7% from the field this season.
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