After a year without the NCAA tournament, the 2021 men’s basketball showcase kicks off Thursday with the First Four games, followed by 32 first-round games on Friday and Saturday. We have you covered with all the lines, and we will be updating and tracking the action as it comes.

All lines and futures courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill

First Four games

Thursday

16 Norfolk State Spartans vs. 16 Appalachian State Mountaineers

Opening line: Appalachian State -2.5, 136
Thursday line: Appalachian State -3, 133.5

11 Drake Bulldogs vs. 11 Wichita State Shockers

Opening line: Wichita State -1.5, 140
Thursday line: Drake -2, 141
Note: Drake, at 21-6 ATS, tied for the best record against the spread of any team in the tournament.

16 Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers vs. 16 Texas Southern Tigers

Opening line: Texas Southern -2.5, 135
Thursday line: Mount St. Mary’s -1, 131.5

11 UCLA Bruins vs. 11 Michigan State Spartans

Opening line: Pk, 138
Thursday line: Michigan State -2, 135
Note: Michigan State went 9-18 against the spread, the worst ATS mark in the field.


South Region

Friday

16 Hartford Hawks vs. 1 Baylor Bears

Opening line: Baylor -25, 142
Thursday line: Baylor -25.5, 140

9 Wisconsin Badgers vs. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels

Opening line: Wisconsin -1, 139
Thursday line: North Carolina -1.5, 137.5

12 Winthrop Eagles vs. 5 Villanova Wildcats

Opening line: Villanova -6.5, 137
Thursday line: Villanova -6.5, 143

13 North Texas Mean Green vs. 4 Purdue Boilermakers

Opening line: Purdue -8, 126
Thursday line: Purdue -7.5, 126.5

11 Utah State Aggies vs. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders

Opening line: Texas Tech -3.5, 133
Thursday line: Texas Tech -4, 131.5
Note: Texas Tech is 10-17 (.370) ATS this season, 2nd worst in the field

14 Colgate Raiders vs. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks

Opening line: Arkansas -9.5, 157
Thursday line: Arkansas -8.5, 161
Note: Colgate has covered the spread by averaged of 7.2 points per game, the best spread margin of any team in the field.

10 Virginia Tech Hokies vs. 7 Florida Gators

Opening line: Florida -1, 137
Thursday line: Pk, 135
Note: Florida is 2-7 ATS last 9 games (0-4 ATS last 4 games)

15 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes

Opening line: Ohio State -16.5, 154
Thursday line: Ohio State -16, 157


Midwest Region

Friday

16 Drexel Dragons vs. 1 Illinois Fighting Illini

Opening line: Illinois -21, 144.5
Thursday line: Illinois -22.5, 143.5

9 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. 8 Loyola Chicago Ramblers

Opening line: Loyola-Chicago -2, 127
Thursday line: Loyola-Chicago -5.5, 124.5
Note: ACC POY Moses Wright (GT) out for game

12 Oregon State Beavers vs. 5 Tennessee Volunteers

Opening line: Tennessee -8, 135.5
Thursday line: Tennessee -8.5, 130
Note: Oregon State is10-1 ATS last 11 games

13 Liberty Flames vs. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Opening line: Oklahoma State -9, 147
Thursday line: Oklahoma State -7.5, 139.5
Note: Nineteen of Oklahoma State’s 28 games have gone over the total, the most of any team in the field.

11 Syracuse Orange vs. 6 San Diego State Aztecs

Opening line: San Diego State -1.5, 137
Thursday line: San Diego State -3, 139

14 Morehead State Eagles vs. 3 West Virginia Mountaineers

Opening line: West Virginia -12, 138
Thursday line: West Virginia -13, 137.5

10 Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. 7 Clemson Tigers

Opening line: Pk, 128
Thursday line: Rutgers -1.5, 125.5

15 Cleveland State Vikings vs. 2 Houston Cougars

Opening line: Houston -18.5, 135
Thursday line: Houston -20, 134.5

West Region

Saturday

16 Norfolk State/16 App State vs. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs

9 Missouri Tigers vs. 8 Oklahoma Sooners

Opening line: Oklahoma -1, 141.5
Note: Oklahoma has failed to cover the spread in seven straight games, the longest such streak of any team in the tournament.
Note: Oklahoma’s De’Vion Harmon (Covid) out

12 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. 5 Creighton Bluejays

Opening line: Creighton -8, 140
Note: In the regular season, the largest reported bet to win the tournament at sportsbook PointBest was $10,000 on Creighton at 20-1.

13 Ohio Bobcats vs. 4 Virginia Cavaliers

Opening line: Virginia -10.5, 131.5

11 Wichita State/11 Drake vs. 6 USC Trojans

14 Eastern Washington Eagles vs. 3 Kansas Jayhawks

Opening line: Kansas -11, 140.5

10 VCU Rams vs. 7 Oregon Ducks

Opening line: Oregon -5, 139

15 Grand Canyon Antelopes vs. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes

Opening line: Iowa -15, 145
Note: Grand Canyon is 14-4 ATS this season, tied for best in Division I; 5-0 ATS as an underdog

East Region

Saturday

16 Mount St Mary’s/16 Texas Southern vs. 1 Michigan Wolverines

9 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. 8 LSU Tigers

Opening line: Pk, 145
Note: Fourteen of St. Bonaventure’s 19 games stayed under the total, the most of any team in the field.

12 Georgetown Hoyas vs. 5 Colorado Buffaloes

Opening line: Colorado -5, 138
Note: Georgetown is 12-3 ATS last 15 games (4 straight covers)

13 UNC Greensboro Spartans vs. 4 Florida State Seminoles

Opening line: Florida State -10, 145.5

11 Michigan State/11 UCLA vs. 6 BYU Cougars

14 Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. 3 Texas Longhorns

Opening line: Texas -10, 140

10 Maryland Terrapins vs. 7 UConn Huskies

Opening line: UConn -1.5, 131
Note: UConn is 16-6 ATS this season, 4th best in Division I
Note: Maryland is 11-15 (.423) ATS, 3rd-worst in the field

15 Iona Gaels vs. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

Opening line: Alabama -16, 144

Odds to win NCAA tournament (as of March 15)

Gonzaga 2-1
Baylor 5-1
Michigan 6-1
Illinois 6-1
Iowa 18-1
Houston 18-1
Alabama 20-1
Ohio State 20-1
Texas 25-1
Oklahoma State 30-1
Kansas 35-1
Florida State 35-1
Creighton 40-1
West Virginia 40-1
Virginia 40-1
Connecticut 50-1
Arkansas 50-1
Wisconsin 50-1
Tennessee 50-1
Loyola-Chicago 60-1
Georgia Tech 60-1
Oregon 60-1
Villanova 60-1
Oklahoma 60-1
Purdue 60-1
North Carolina 60-1
Texas Tech 60-1
Colorado 60-1
USC 75-1
San Diego State 75-1
LSU 75-1
Michigan State 100-1
Florida 100-1
Maryland 150-1
UCLA 150-1
Georgetown 150-1
BYU 150-1
Syracuse 150-1
Virginia Tech 150-1
Clemson 150-1
Wichita State 200-1
Drake 200-1
St. Bonaventure 250-1
Utah State 250-1
VCU 250-1
Oregon State 300-1
Winthrop 500-1
Eastern Washington 750-1
Ohio 750-1
UC Santa Barbara 750-1
UNC Greensboro 750-1
Abilene Christian 750-1
Cleveland State 750-1
Liberty 750-1
Morehead State 750-1
North Texas 1,000-1
Grand Canyon 1,000-1
Colgate 1,000-1
Iona 1,000-1
Drexel 1,000-1
Appalachian State 1,000-1
Oral Roberts 1,500-1
Hartford 2,000-1
Norfolk State 2,000-1
Texas Southern 2,000-1
Mount St. Mary’s 2,000-1

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