The 2017 NCAA Tournament continues Thursday, March 16, with a full slate of first-round games. Below, find point spread for every game.
Eight of the 16 Thursday NCAA Tournament games have double-digit point spreads, and three games have lines of two points or lower. The biggest surprise — on paper, at least — is No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee as a small favorite over No. 5 Minnesota. Last year, the Blue Raiders beat Michigan State as a No. 15 seed.
Here are betting odds for every 2017 NCAA Tournament game on Thursday.
2017 NCAA Tournament betting odds: Point spreads for every game
Odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook
12:15 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Princeton, CBS (Buffalo)
Odds: Notre Dame -6.5
12:40 p.m. Virginia vs. UNC-Wilmington, truTV (Orlando)
Odds: Virginia -7
1:30 p.m. Butler vs. Winthrop, TNT (Milwaukee)
Odds: Butler -11
2:00 p.m. Gonzaga vs. S. Dakota State, TBS (Salt Lake City)
Odds: Gonzaga -22
2:40 p.m. West Virginia vs. Bucknell, CBS (Buffalo)
Odds: West Virginia -14
3:05 p.m. Florida vs. East Tennessee, truTV (Orlando)
Odds: Florida -10.5
3:55 p.m. Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee, TNT (Milwaukee)
Odds: Middle Tennessee -1
4:05 p.m. Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt, TBS (Salt Lake City)
Odds: Northwestern -2
6:50 p.m. Maryland vs. Xavier, TNT (Orlando)
Odds: Maryland -2
7:10 p.m. Villanova vs. Mt. Saint Mary’s, CBS (Buffalo)
Odds: Villanova -26.5
7:20 p.m. St. Mary’s vs. VCU, TBS (Salt Lake City)
Odds: St. Mary’s -4.5
7:27 p.m. Purdue vs. Vermont, truTV (Milwaukee)
Odds: Purdue -10
9:15 p.m. Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast, TNT (Orlando)
Odds: Florida State -12
9:35 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech, CBS (Buffalo)
Odds: Wisconsin -5.5
9:45 p.m. Arizona vs. North Dakota, TBS (Salt Lake City)
Odds: Arizona -17
9:52 p.m. Iowa State vs. Nevada, truTV (Milwaukee)
2017 NCAA Tournament preview
There’s no consensus favorite in this tournament, since Villanova, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas are all the favorites at various sports books. Gonzaga, the other No. 1 seed, isn’t favored anywhere.
The Zags do have a tough road, with West Virginia potentially looming in the Sweet 16 and Arizona at the bottom of that bracket. Top-seeded Villanova has to contend with Duke, Baylor and Florida throughout its bracket, thought the Wildcats stormed through the NCAA Tournament last season.
North Carolina appears to have the easiest road to at least the Elite 8, where it’s projected to meet either UCLA or Kentucky (but it’s the NCAA Tournament; we’re certainly not counting on that).
As for our pick? Land of 10’s Corey Masisak is taking Gonzaga to win it all, with UCLA, Oregon and Villanova also in the Final Four.