Round 2 Day 1 March Madness Odds (Sunday, March 21)


Max Abmas

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 Sundayโ€™s Second Round oddsย 

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)

Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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)
Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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)
Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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)
Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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)
Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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)
Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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)
Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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)
Team Spread Moneyline Total Time
(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, whoโ€™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. Theyโ€™re just the ninth 15-seed in NCAA Tournament history to upset a 2-seed, but their performance was no fluke.

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.

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 didnโ€™t make it out of the quarterfinal in the SEC Tournament. Floridaโ€™s victory over VT was also the first time theyโ€™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 Regionโ€™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.

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 Sundayโ€™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.

Florida doesnโ€™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 Regionโ€™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 theyโ€™ve held an opponent below 64 points.

The Mean Green pulled off Fridayโ€™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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