With the Round of 64 starting Thursday, the real March Madness begins for online sportsbooks and casinos throughout Nevada. Thousands of college basketball bettors are sitting at computers or in casino sports salons looking to find the best value for their bets for Thursday’s first 16 games followed by another 16 on Friday.
The majority of movement on the lines will take place, as each game gets closer to tip off. Only a few games have seen movements in their lines of 1 or more points but that should change once bettors begin flooding sportsbooks Thursday morning and afternoon.
Some of the sharps have already started to bet picking up numbers, totals and moneylines that look solid to them.
Kentucky, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and the overall No. 1 seed will take on Hampton who as a 9-point dog defeated Manhattan Tuesday in one of the First Four games between two No. 16 seeds.
Kentucky opened -32 against Hampton early Tuesday, but that was up to -34 within hours, which has been the biggest move of any line to date.
Hampton was under .500 on the season and could be without a top player, but even if he plays, the game will be a struggle for them. Dwight Meikle the team’s leading scorer has had a high ankle sprain. Of course, one worry for John Calipari the Kentucky coach is how will his far more talented team come out to play for this matchup.
What will happen when the Wildcats go up by 20, 30 or more? Will they stomp down on the gas and blow their opponent out or will they back off. It is difficult to call and that is why taking such a high spread is a difficult pick.
Four other games scheduled for Thursday and Friday have seen movement of more than a point, but not anything more than that. Each of the four games will be played on Friday. Amongst them is Kansas a No. 2 seed dropping from -12 chalk to -10 against New Mexico State and San Diego State at No. 8 moving from -1.5 up to -3 against St. John’s a No. 9 seed. Louisville is now -8 as No. 4 seed and UC-Irvine a No. 13 seed and Northern Iowa is -6.5 as a No. 5 against Wyoming the No. 12 seed.