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Opening Odds: Mizzou versus the Field of 68

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NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament Quarterfinals - Missouri vs Tennessee Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The tournament brackets have been announced, and the betting markets have opened up!

SB Nation has a partnership, or maybe a close friendship with Draftkings Sportsbook, so I should probably encourage you to use their services if you’re gambling. As a non-gambler, I’ll just say: You do you. Lets get to the odds.

Utah State is a 2 point favorite over Missouri, then over-under for the game is 154.5. 77 points a side seems low for this matchup doesn’t it? The Tigers’ odds to win the Men’s College Basketball Championship are +25000. Long. The game tips at 12:40pm on Thursday, on TNT. They’re the third game to tip on Thursday.

Other SEC teams:

  • Mississippi State opens with Pittsburgh on Tuesday as a 2 point favorite, the O/U is 131.5
  • Auburn opened as a 1 point favorite over Iowa with an O/U of 153
  • Tennessee is a 10.5 point favorite over Louisiana. The O/U is 136.5
  • Texas A&M is a 3 point favorite over Penn State. The OU is 134.5
  • Kentucky is a 3.5 point favorite over Providence with an O/U of 145.5

You can find all the odds for the NCAA Tournament over at DraftKingsSportsbook. If I were a betting man, I’d keep an eye on these games:

  • Virginia vs Furman: The Paladins are quality and Virginia is a five point favorite. Furman likes to play fast, and the Cavaliers are missing one of their starters. Tony Bennett is a great coach, but that one is intriguing.
  • I’d take the over on Missouri-Utah State.
  • Vermont should cover the 11 points Marquette is favored by, but not to win straight up.
  • Creighton should cover the five point spread over North Carolina State.

Any time the ACC is involved, I’d consider taking the other team.

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