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March Madness Second Round Odds – See Opening Round of 32 Point Spreads

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in College Basketball

Mar 17, 2023 · 8:49 PM PDT

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Feb 8, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Brandon Miller (24) center Charles Bediako (14) and guard Mark Sears (1) celebrate on the bench after their teammate scored against the Florida Gators during the second half at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
  • The second round of the NCAA Tournament tips-off on Saturday (March 18th)
  • Alabama is the largest favorite on the board, laying 8.5 points to Maryland
  • See below for second round March Madness odds during the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32

The first full slate of March Madness games certainly didn’t disappoint. We had a 2 and a 4 seed fall within the first few hours of Day 1, making Princeton and Furman the early contenders to be this year’s Cinderella.

The first round is still ongoing, but online sportsbooks have already released odds for a handful of the second round games. Those contests will tip-off on Saturday, with aforementioned Princeton taking on Missouri in the South Region’s 7 vs 15 matchup.

March Madness Second Round Odds (Saturday, March 18)

Team Spread Moneyline Total
(15) Princeton +6.5 (-110) +240 Over 150.5 (-110)
(7) Missouri -6.5 (-110) -285 Under 150.5 (-110)
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(13) Furman +6 (-110) +220 Over 138.5 (-110)
(4) San Diego State -6 (-110) -260 Under 138.5 (-110)
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(8) Maryland +8.5 (-110) +320 Over 144.5 (-110)
(1) Alabama -8.5 (-110) -390 Under 144.5 (-110)
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(8) Arkansas +4 (-110) +160 Over 145.5 (-110)
(1) Kansas -4 (-110) -190 Under 145.5 (-110)
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(5) Duke -3 (-110) -155 Over 129.5 (-110)
(4) Tennessee +3 (-110) +135 Under 129.5 (-110)
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(7) Northwestern +8 (-110) +310 Over 127.5 (-110)
(2) UCLA -8 (-110) -380 Under 127.5 (-110)
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(9) Auburn +6 (-110) +210 Over 132.5 (-110)
(1) Houston -6 (-110) -250 Under 132.5 (-110)
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(10) Penn State +5.5 (-110) +190 Over 140.5 (-110)
(2) Texas -5.5 (-110) -225 Under 140.5 (-110)
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(7) Michigan State +3 (-110) +125 Over 141.5 (-110)
(2) Marquette -3 (-110) -145 Under 141.5 (-110)
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(6) Creighton pk (-110) -110 Over 146.5 (-110)
(3) Baylor pk (-110) -110 Under 146.5 (-110)
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(11) Pitt +5 (-110) +180 Over 153.5 (-110)
(3) Xavier -5 (-110) -210 Under 153.5 (-110)
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(5) Saint Mary’s +3.5 (-110) +145 Over 130.5 (-110)
(4) UConn -3.5 (-110) -170 Under 130.5 (-110)
Team Spread Moneyline Total
(5) Miami +2 (-110) +110 Over 148 (-110)
(4) Indiana -2 (-110) -130 Under 148 (-110)
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(6) TCU  +4.5 (-110) +165 Over 157.5 (-110)
(3) Gonzaga  -4.5 (-110) -195 Under 157.5 (-110)
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(6) Kentucky  -1.5 (-110) -120 Over 146 (-110)
(3) Kansas State  +1.5 (-110) +100 Under 146 (-110)
Team Spread Moneyline Total
(16) Fairleigh Dickinson  +12.5 (-110) +510 Over 150.5 (-110)
(9) Florida Atlantic  -12.5 (-110) -700 Under 150.5 (-110)

Editor’s note: games were added as they became available. The article below was written before several lines had been posted. 

Despite being the lowest seed thus far in the March Madness bracket, Princeton is not the biggest underdog on Saturday’s board. That distinction belongs to Maryland, who take on Alabama in the South Region’s 8 vs 1 matchup.

 

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Biggest and Smallest Spreads

The Crimson Tide, owners of the second shortest price in the NCAA Tournament odds, are currently laying 8.5 points. Alabama failed to cover as 25 point favorites in the first round versus Texas A&M-CC, taking their foot off the gas in the second half and cruising to a 96-75 win.

Bama picked up the easy victory despite getting nothing from star forward Brandon Miller. The projected lottery pick was held scoreless for the first time all season, missing all five of his field goal attempts before sitting out the game’s final 14 minutes.

The Crimson Tide covered each of their three games en route to the title in the SEC Tournament, after failing to cover in the final four games of the regular season.

The Terps meanwhile, took down West Virginia in the first game on Thursday’s slate, winning outright 67-65 as 2 point underdogs. Maryland shook off a slow start to cover for the 22nd time in 34 games this season. They’re 5-1 ATS at neutral sites, and have covered in six of eight matchups with ranked opponents.

As far as the smallest spread goes, oddsmakers expect a tight battle between Arkansas and Kansas in the college basketball odds. The Jayhawks, the West Region’s top seed, are currently 4 point favorites. Kansas breezed past Howard 96-68, covering the 22 point spread while their head coach Bill Self recovers from surgery.

The Jayhawks lead the nation in Quadrant 1 victories this season, but were far from spread crushers. They are 17-18 against the spread so far, but have covered in 10 of their last 15 games.

The Razorbacks on the other hand, took down Illinois 73-63 as 2 point favorites. Arkansas closed the season with losses in four of their last five games, and have struggled to cover versus ranked opponents.

They’re 3-7 ATS versus top-25 teams this season, failing to cover the spread by an average of 5 points per contest.

Biggest and Smallest Totals

Total wise, the largest number currently belongs to the Princeton vs Missouri matchup at 150.5. These two programs each ranked inside the top-80 in points per game this season, with Missouri boasting the nation’s 10th most efficient offense per KenPom.

Both teams saw their first round matchups fall drastically under the total, but Princeton and Missouri have been popular over bets all season. The over is 16-12 in Princeton’s games, while Mizzou is 18-16 to the over in 34 outings.

The lowest total belongs to the Furman vs San Diego State matchup at 138.5. The fifth seeded Aztecs are one of the nation’s most dominant defensive teams. They rank ninth in adjusted defense per KenPom, yielding only 63 points per game.

The Paladins boast the ninth highest scoring offense in college hoops, but have failed to find a ceiling versus quality opposition. In three games against top-50 competition this season, the South’s 13 seed is averaging only 69.6 points per outing, which is 11 points fewer than their season long mark.

 

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