Spreads for the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 games are up and action has trickled in at books online and Las Vegas. We take a look at the biggest adjustments on the board as Thursday and Friday draw closer.
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Miami Hurricanes – Open: -5.5, Move: -6
Miami is quickly becoming the public darling in this tournament and the Hurricanes’ Sweet 16 matchup with Marquette is no exception. Early money is on Miami and books expect that trend to stick until tipoff.
“Unless the sharps come in on the dog, I can't see how this game doesn't close Miami -6 or more,” Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker with CarbonSports.ag, told Covers. “Marquette has to feel very fortunate to be here winning both of its games by a combined three points.”
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. Florida Gators – Open: -11.5, Move: -13.5
Some markets have bumped this spread all the way to -13.5. Early action on the upstart Eagles was followed by a flood of money from the wiseguys, who think the clock is about to strike midnight on this year’s biggest Cinderella.
“People got a little excited after watching them blow away San Diego State,” Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, told Covers. “But then the pros came back hard on Florida.”
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Arizona Wildcats – Open: +4, Move: +3.5
Sharp money immediately bet the underdog and dropped this spread half a point. Since then, it’s been good two-way money, but books aren’t sure the wiseguys are done with this West Regional semifinal just yet.
“I do believe the sharps are going to line up on this game and take the dog,” says Stewart. “I believe this line closes at Ohio State -3.”
Wichita State Shockers vs. La Salle Explorers – Open: -4, Move: -3.5, Move: -4
With these two lesser known Cinderella squads playing for a spot in the Elite Eight, books aren’t holding out hope for a big handle on this West Regional semifinal.
According to Stoneback at the MGM, the two previous games featuring WSU and La Salle had half the handle of the other Round of 32 games.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Duke Blue Devils – Open: -1, Move: -2
These perennial Sweet 16 programs clash in a battle of big names and should be one of the biggest draws for bettors. CarbonSports.ag debated opening -1.5 or -2 but went Duke -1.5 and instantly took sharp money on the favorite.
“So far, we have even action at that price so I don't see us moving off that number any time soon,” says Stewart.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Kansas Jayhawks – Open: -2.5, Move: -1.5, Move: -2
Early money is convinced Michigan has the firepower to take down the No. 1 seed in the South Regional, and has walked this line down a full point since post. But, Rock Chalk action is starting to show since the adjustment.
“At Kansas -1.5, money started showing on them so we went to -2 and haven't moved off that number,” says Stewart.