March Madness odds, schedule for the NCAA Tournament opening round games



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The brackets are set, several teams have been left at home and everyone is ready for March Madness. Spreads and odds for the First Four and first round of the NCAA Tournament were released on Sunday night shortly after the selection show.

Like every other NCAA Tournament, the first round features a handful of games with big spreads. Of course, two of the First Four games involve No. 16 seeds, so once those games are complete, the odds board will include even larger spreads.

  • UConn is favored by 26.5 points against Stetson
  • Houston is favored by 24 points against Longwood
  • Tennessee is favored by 19.5 points against Saint Peter’s
  • Iowa State is favored by 16.5 points against South Dakota State
  • Arizona is favored by 20 points against Long Beach State

And if you’re just hunting for the most likely upsets, check out our Bracket Breakers model which has pinpointed 10 possible problem-causers in the first round.

Odds are from BetMGM and update live. Find the best ticket deals on StubHub to see your favorite team.

First Four – Tuesday, March 19

No. 16 Wagner Seahawks vs. No. 16 Howard Bison

6:40 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 10 Colorado State Rams vs. No. 10 Virginia Cavaliers

9:10 p.m. ET on TRU

First Four – Wednesday, March 20

No. 16 Grambling State Tigers vs. No. 16 Montana State Bobcats

6:40 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes vs. No. 10 Boise State Broncos

9:10 p.m. ET on TRU


First Round – Thursday, March 21

No. 8 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. No. 9 Michigan State Spartans

12:15 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 6 BYU Cougars vs. No. 11 Duquesne Dukes

12:40 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 3 Creighton Bluejays vs. No. 14 Akron Zips

1:30 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 2 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 15 Long Beach State Beach

2 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 16 Howard or Wagner

2:45 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 3 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 14 Morehead State Eagles

3:10 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. No. 11 Oregon Ducks

4 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 7 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 10 Nevada Wolf Pack

4:30 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 7 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 10 Virginia or Colorado

6:50 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 14 Oakland Golden Grizzlies

7:10 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 12 McNeese Cowboys

7:25 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 2 Iowa State Cyclones vs. No. 15 South Dakota State Jackrabbits

7:35 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s Peacocks

9:20 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. No. 11 North Carolina State Wolfpack

9:40 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 13 Samford Bulldogs

9:55 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 7 Washington State Cougars vs. No. 10 Drake Bulldogs

10:05 p.m. ET on TRU


First Round – Friday, March 22

No. 8 Florida Atlantic Owls vs. No. 9 Northwestern Wildcats

12:15 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 3 Baylor Bears vs. No. 14 Colgate Raiders

12:40 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs vs. No. 12 UAB Blazers

1:45 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 2 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. No. 15 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

2 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 1 Connecticut Huskies vs. No. 16 Stetson Hatters

2:45 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 6 Clemson Tigers vs. No. 11. New Mexico Lobos

3:10 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 4 Auburn Tigers vs. No. 13 Yale Bulldogs

4:15 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 7 Florida Gators vs. No. 10 Boise State or Colorado

4:30 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies

6:50 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 4 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 13 Vermont Catamounts

7:10 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers vs. No. 16 Montana State or Grambling State

7:25 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 13 Charleston Cougars

7:35 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 1 Houston Cougars vs. No. 16 Longwood Lancers

9:20 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 12 James Madison Dukes

9:40 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 8 Utah State Aggies vs. No. 9 TCU Horned Frogs

9:55 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 5 Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. No. 12 Grand Canyon Lopes

10:05 p.m. ET on TRU

(Photo of North Carolina’s RJ Davis: Grant Halverson / Getty Images)





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