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Opening NCAA Tournament lines: Las Vegas sports books ready for betting action

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Texas A&M players cheer as they watch the television broadcast of their selection in the NCAA basketball tournament Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Texas A&M was selected as the third seed in the West Regional in Oklahoma City and will play Green Bay.

Lines at betting windows across Las Vegas will stretch nearly outside of the sports books for much of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Good thing there’s an easy way to beat them: Bet early. Betting odds for the entire slate of opening-round games were released within minutes of the selection show concluding Sunday afternoon, leaving gamblers ample time to prepare their wagers.

CG Technology sports books were the first to open betting. Check out all of their opening lines below.

First Four

No. 16 seed Farleigh Dickinson plus-6 vs. No. 16 seed Florida Gulf Coast

No. 11 seed Vanderbilt plus-3 vs. No. 11 seed Wichita State

No. 16 seed Southern minus-3 vs. No. 16 seed Holy Cross

No. 11 seed Tulsa plus-1.5 vs. No. 11 seed Michigan

South Region

No. 1 seed Kansas minus-24.5 vs. No. 16 seed Austin Peay

No. 8 seed Colorado minus-3.5 vs. No. 9 seed Connecticut

No. 5 seed Maryland minus-8.5 vs. No. 12 seed South Dakota State

No. 4 seed California minus-6.5 vs. No. 13 seed Hawaii

No. 3 seed Miami minus-13 vs. No. 14 seed Buffalo

No. 7 seed Iowa minus-7 vs. No. 10 seed Temple

No. 2 seed Villanova minus-15 vs. No. 15 seed UNC Asheville

West Region

No. 8 seed Saint Joseph’s plus-2 vs. No. 9 seed Cincinnati

No. 5 seed Baylor minus-5 vs. No. 12 seed Yale

No. 4 seed Duke minus-9.5 vs. No. 13 seed UNC-Wilmington

No. 6 seed Texas minus-5 vs. No. 11 seed Northern Iowa

No. 3 seed Texas A&M minus-12.5 vs. No. 14 seed Green Bay

No. 7 seed Oregon State plus-3.5 vs. No. 10 seed VCU

No. 2 seed Oklahoma minus-13 vs. No. 15 seed Cal-State Bakersfield

East Region

No. 8 seed USC plus-1.5 vs. No. 9 seed Providence

No. 5 seed Indiana minus-11 vs. No. 12 seed Tennessee-Chattanooga

No. 4 seed Kentucky minus-13.5 vs. No. 13 seed Stony Brook

No. 3 seed West Virginia minus-6 vs. No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin

No. 7 seed Wisconsin minus-1.5 vs. No. 10 seed Pittsburgh

No. 2 seed Xavier minus-13.5 vs. No. 15 seed Weber State

Midwest Region

No. 1 seed Virginia minus-23.5 vs. No. 16 seed Hampton

No. 8 seed Texas Tech plus-3 vs. No. 9 seed Butler

No. 5 seed Purdue minus-7.5 vs. No. 12 seed Arkansas-Little Rock

No. 4 seed Iowa State minus-7 vs. No. 13 seed Iona

No. 6 seed Seton Hall pick’em vs. No. 11 seed Gonzaga

No. 3 seed Utah minus-8 vs. No. 14 seed Fresno State

No. 7 seed Dayton minus-1.5 vs. No. 10 seed Syracuse

No. 2 seed Michigan State minus-16.5 vs. No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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