First Round March Madness Betting Lines

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

March Madness betting lines in the first round are probably the most popular of all of the March Madness odds.

Everyone loves betting the first Thursday and Friday of games.  Let’s take a look at some numbers that can help us pick more winners in the first round of March Madness betting lines.

March Madness betting lines in the first round show that the #12 seeds have been the most profitable as they face the #5 seeds.  Against the spread the #12 seeds hit well over 60% against March Madness odds in the first round.
The next best against the spread seeds in March Madness odds in the first round have been the #3 seeds.  They have hit about 60% as well in the first round of March Madness betting lines.  The #10 seed is also right at the 60% figure in March Madness betting lines in the first round against the #7 seed.  You should know though that the 5 versus 12 matchup is so well known by the public and by the oddsmaker that it has begun to lose value in March Madness betting lines.  It has become a little bit like the Monday Night Football home underdog play that used to be a certain moneymaker. It is now too well known by the March Madness oddsmakers.

Overall in March Madness betting lines favorites are not the way to go.  Underdogs more than hold their own in March Madness odds.   That does not mean favorites can’t win.  In fact, heavy favorites are not a bad bet in March Madness betting lines.  Teams laying about 20 points or more are almost 60% against the spread.  That somewhat makes sense in March Madness betting lines since the power teams rarely let down in the NCAA Tournament like they might in the regular season.  You almost always get the best efforts from teams throughout a game in the NCAA Tourney.

March Madness betting lines in the first round are superb.  There is nothing better in all of sports than the first two days of the NCAA Tournament.  As you consider March Madness betting lines this season, especially in the first round, keep some of these trends in mind and look to make more money this season.

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