The 2021 NCAA Tournament field is officially set and March Madness is upon us. The action starts on Thursday with the First Four games with the First Round scheduled to begin on Friday.

Here is the full list of NCAA tournament public betting picks for the first two days of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. All public March Madness betting splits are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

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First Four Games Betting Splits

The most notable trend in the First Four games revolves around Michigan State. The public is all over the Spartans against UCLA. Michigan State is bringing in 95% of the total handle on the spread and 90% on the money line.

This matchup of college basketball blue-bloods is sure to be the game of the night. We all know Tom Izzo’s teams tend to show up in March. The fact that Michigan State recently beat Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio State proves that they can play with anyone in the country. Clearly, bettors expect the Spartans to do well on Thursday.

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
#16 Mt. St. Mary’s +2 57% 51% Over 132.5 44% 40% +112 40% 42%
#16 Texas Southern -2 43% 49% Under 132.5 56% 60% -134 60% 58%
#16 Norfolk State +3 12% 20% Over 135.5 47% 54% +132 30% 32%
#16 Appalachian State -3 88% 80% Under 135.5 53% 46% -157 70% 68%
#11 Drake +2 60% 50% Over 139.0 17% 28% +108 44% 56%
#11 Wichita State -2 40% 50% Under 139.0 83% 72% -129 56% 44%
#11 UCLA +1.5 5% 8% Over 136.0 21% 33% +104 10% 18%
#11 Michigan State -1.5 95% 92% Under 136.0 79% 67% -124 90% 82%

 

Friday March Madness Public Betting Picks

As for the First Round games on Friday, the public is banking on those 12-seed upsets to come through again this year. The 5 vs. 12 matchup is notorious for upsets and bettors are playing it that way.

No. 12 Oregon State is hauling in 87% of the handle on the spread and a slight majority at 53% on the money line. Meanwhile, the public is fading No. 5 Villanova against Winthrop. The Eagles account for 74% of the handle on the spread and 71% on the money line.

 

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
#10 Virginia Tech +1 43% 50% Over 137.5 77% 66% -105 33% 56%
#7 Florida -1 57% 50% Under 137.5 23% 34% -114 67% 44%
#11 Utah State +5 17% 11% Over 131.0 56% 38% +180 11% 14%
#6 Texas Tech -5 83% 89% Under 131.0 44% 62% -220 89% 86%
#14 Colgate +9.5 52% 49% Over 162.5 94% 84% +370 32% 24%
#3 Arkansas -9.5 48% 51% Under 162.5 6% 16% -480 68% 76%
#15 Oral Roberts +16.5 83% 43% Over 155.5 95% 69% +1050 25% 10%
#2 Ohio State -16.5 17% 57% Under 155.5 5% 31% -2000 75% 90%
#16 Drexel +22.5 40% 28% Over 144.5 70% 51% +1800 58% 12%
#1 Illinois -22.5 60% 72% Under 144.5 30% 49% -10000 42% 88%
#16 Hartford +26 14% 32% Over 141.0 10% 52% OTB
#1 Baylor -26 86% 68% Under 141.0 90% 48%
#9 Georgia Tech +2 46% 51% Over 124.5 84% 87% +112 74% 68%
#8 Loyola Chicago -2 54% 49% Under 124.5 16% 13% -134 26% 32%
#12 Oregon State +7.5 87% 72% Over 133.0 13% 55% +275 53% 31%
#5 Tennessee -7.5 13% 28% Under 133.0 87% 45% -345 47% 69%
#13 Liberty +9.5 58% 60% Over 142.5 76% 57% +380 11% 9%
#4 Oklahoma State -9.5 42% 40% Under 142.5 24% 43% -500 89% 91%
#9 Wisconsin +2 38% 34% Over 139.0 48% 31% +112 51% 60%
#8 North Carolina -2 62% 66% Under 139.0 52% 69% -132 49% 40%
#15 Cleveland State +20 46% 39% Over 135.0 59% 61% +1400 45% 18%
#2 Houston -20 54% 61% Under 135.0 41% 39% -3335 55% 82%
#13 North Texas +7 25% 13% Over 125.0 59% 83% +260 15% 10%
#4 Purdue -7 75% 87% Under 125.0 41% 17% -315 85% 90%
#10 Rutgers -1 91% 75% Over 126.5 9% 65% -117 73% 68%
#7 Clemson +1 9% 25% Under 126.5 91% 35% -103 27% 32%
#11 Syracuse +2.5 8% 33% Over 138.5 60% 42% +125 29% 60%
#6 San Diego State -2.5 92% 67% Under 138.5 40% 58% -148 71% 40%
#14 Morehead State +12.5 39% 31% Over 137.5 71% 73% +650 18% 13%
#3 West Virginia -12.5 61% 69% Under 137.5 29% 27% -1000 82% 87%
#12 Winthrop +6 74% 80% Over 140.0 92% 74% +215 71% 56%
#5 Villanova -6 26% 20% Under 140.0 8% 26% -265 29% 44%

 

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