The highest seeds held serve during the first two days of 2017 NCAA Tournament, but betting underdogs held a slight edge after Thursday and Friday.
'Dogs were 15-14-1(two games closed as pick 'em) as March Madness got into full swing, according to Vegas Insider. Four underdogs won outright: Xavier (+2) vs. Maryland; Northwestern (+2) vs. Vanderbilt; USC (+7.5) vs. SMU; and Michigan State (+2) vs. Miami (Fla.).
A pairof big 'dogs, Mount St. Mary's (+25 vs. Villanova) and South Dakota State (+23.5 vs. Gonzaga), cashed as well. The biggest favorite to cover was North Carolina, which easily handled a 26.5-point spread against 16 seed Texas Southern.
With eight more games available for wagering Saturday, business in Las Vegas will again be booming. The Westgate Superbook was offering these lines as of 1 a.m. ET Saturday:
West Virginia -2.5 vs. Notre Dame
Villanova -6 vs. Wisconsin
Florida -2vs. Virginia
Florida State -6.5 vs. Xavier
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Butler -3.5 vs. Middle Tennessee
Purdue pick 'emvs. Iowa State
Gonzaga -11vs. Northwestern
Arizona -5 vs. Saint Mary's
And if you want to begin handicapping Sunday's games, a few lines are already out:
North Carolina -8 vs. Arkansas
Louisville -1 vs. Michigan
Baylor -6vs. USC
Oregon -5 vs. Rhode Island
Kansas -8.5 vs. Michigan State
Kentucky -2 vs. Wichita State
Duke -7 vs. South Carolina
UCLA -3 vs. Cincinnati