Early NCAA Tournament Lines of Interest
Published on: March 11, 2012 | Written by: Clay Travis
The NCAA Tournament field is out and already early lines for the week's games are out.
But I thought I would hit you with the lines that jumped out the most at me.
Georgetown opened just -5 against Belmont in a 3 vs. 14 match-up and within the first hour of posted odds the line dropped to Georgetown -4. That's really low for a seed disparity like this and suggests many are impressed with Belmont's chances.
Similarly, Florida State is just a -5.5 against 14 seed St. Bonaventure.
These are the two closest lines for major seed differential.
Other close lines relative to seeding:
7 seed Gonzaga is +1 vs. 10 seed West Virginia
This the only time thus far that the higher seed is the favorite.
6 seed San Diego State is a straight pick 'em against 11 seed N.C. State.
6 seed Cincinnati is -1.5 vs. 11 seed Texas
6 seed Murray State is -3 vs. 11 seed Colorado State
5 seed Vanderbilt is -5.5 against 12 seed Harvard.
At least there's no record of Vandy losing as first round favorite...wait
4 seed Michigan is -6 against Ohio.
6 seed UNLV is -3 vs. 11 seed Colorado.
4 seed Indiana is -5.5 vs. 13 seed New Mexico State
And if you're looking for the safest bet of all -- four games aren't set yet because they await play-in game winners -- Missouri opened -21 against Norfolk State.
In terms of SEC teams, Florida opened -3.5 against Virginia, Alabama opened +2 against Creighton.
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