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Point spreads released for the 1st round games

Oso Ighodaro (13) of Marquette dunks against Jordan Hawkins (24) of Connecticut at the Big East tournament. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The release of the NCAA tournament series is a big event, even for casual and serious college basketball fans.

The release of the point spreads for the first round later on Sunday evening is what bettors are looking forward to.

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament has become a four-day holiday on the sports betting calendar, and the first-round bets are huge, with a few days to check out the odds before the action starts. Here are the point spreads for the 28 games in the first round on BetMGM’s board (the four games, including the first four winners from Tuesday and Wednesday, will be added when those matchups are determined):

Thursday

No. 8Maryland vs. No. 9 West Virginia (-1.5)

No. 5 San Diego State (-4.5) vs. No. 12 Charleston

No. 4 Virginia (-5.5) vs. No. 13 Furman

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No. 7Missouri vs. No. 10 Utah State (-1.5)

No. 2 Arizona (-14.5) vs. No. 15 Princeton

No. 1 Houston (-20.5) vs. No. 16 Northern Kentucky

No. 8 Iowa (-1.5) vs. No. 9 Maroon

No. 7 Texas A&M (-2.5) vs. No. 10 Penn State

No. 2 Texas (-15.5) vs. No. 15 Colgate

No. 1 Kansas (-22.5) vs. No. 16Howard

No. 8 Arkansas (-1.5) vs. No. 9 Illinois

No. 7 Northwest vs. No. 10 Boise State (-1.5)

No. 2 UCLA (-18.5) vs. No. 15 U.N.C. Asheville

No. 5 Duke (-7.5) vs. No. 12 Oral Roberts

No. 4 Tennessee (-12.5) vs. No. 13Louisiana

A pair of feisty No. 12 seeds in Charleston and Oral Roberts are pretty minor underdogs in their Thursday games. There are a few No. 10 seeds that are favorites. Boise State gives 1.5 points to No. 7 seed Northwestern and Utah State is a 1.5 point favorite over No. 7 seed Missouri. No. 9 West Virginia is another preferred lower seed, as a 1.5 point favorite over No. 8 seed Maryland. Kansas is the top favorite on the board, although two No. 1 seeds don’t get their matchups until the first four are played. Houston is the other team with more than 20 points in the first round.

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Friday

No. 6 Creighton (-4.5) vs. No. 11 NC State

No. 3 Baylor (-10.5) vs. No. 14 UC Santa Barbara

No. 5 Miami, Florida (-3.5) vs. No. 12 Drake

No. 4 Indiana (-6.5) vs. No. 13Kent State

No. 3 Xavier (-13.5) vs. No. 14 Kennesaw State

No. 5 St. Mary’s (-5.5) vs. No. 12 VCU

No. 4 UConn (-9.5) vs. No. 13 Iona

No. 3 Gonzaga (-15.5) vs. No. 14 Grand Canyon

No. 8 Memphis (-2.5) vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic

No. 6 Kentucky (-4.5) vs. No. 11 Providence

No. 3 Kansas State (-8.5) vs. No. 14 Montana State

No. 7 Michigan State (-1.5) vs. No. 10 USC

No. 2 Marquette (-13.5) vs. No. 15 Vermont

The opening lines for the Friday games did not favor a lower series. Gonzaga is a heavy favorite for a No. 3 seed at 15.5 points. No. 2 seeds Arizona and Marquette don’t score as many points. Kansas State has the lowest spread among No. 3 seeds, with only 8.5 points against Montana State.

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