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NCAA Tournament opening lines: Circa taking big bets right away

First 32 games open for betting with $10,000 limits at world’s largest sports book

NCAA Tourmanet 2021

Associated Press

Michigan guard Mike Smith (12) celebrates as Michigan took the lead at halftime in an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland at the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 12, 2021.

Circa Sports set the college basketball market all season, so it only makes sense that the outfit was the first shop to post odds on all the opening NCAA Tournament games.

Circa released lines practically concurrent to the Sunday’s selection show, taking bets on games even before the full bracket was revealed. And these were no soft openers, as Circa took $10,000 limits on sides in each of the 32 initial games.

With that type of action available, the odds are fluctuating rapidly but here’s where they all stood within minutes of opening.

First Four

No. 11 seed Wichita State -2 vs. No. 11 seed Drake

No. 11 seed Michigan State -2 vs. No. 11 seed UCLA

No. 16 seed Texas Southern -1 vs. No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary’s

No. 16 Appalachian State pick’em vs. No. 16 seed Norfolk State

West Region

No. 8 seed Oklahoma -2 vs. No. 9 seed Missouri

No. 5 seed Creighton -8 vs. No. 12 UC-Santa Barbara

No. 4 seed Virginia -10.5 vs. No. 13 seed Ohio

No. 3 seed Kansas -11 vs. No. 14 seed Eastern Washington

No. 7 seed Oregon -5 vs. No. 10 seed VCU

No. 2 seed Iowa -15 vs. No. 15 seed Grand Canyon

South Region

No. 1 seed Baylor -25 vs. No. 16 seed Hartford

No. 8 seed North Carolina -1 vs. No. 9 seed Wisconsin

No. 5 seed Villanova -7.5 vs. No. 12 seed Winthrop

No. 4 seed Purdue -8 vs. No. 13 seed North Texas

No. 6 seed Texas Tech -4 vs. No. 11 seed Utah State

No. 3 seed Arkansas -9 vs. No. 14 seed Colgate

No. 7 seed Florida pick’em vs. No. 10 seed Virginia Tech

No. 2 seed Ohio State -17 vs. No. 15 seed Oral Roberts

East Region

No. 8 seed LSU pick’em vs. No. 9 seed Saint Bonaveture

No. 5 seed Colorado -4 vs. No. 12 seed Georgetown

No. 4 seed Florida State -10 vs. No. 13 seed UNC-Greensboro

No. 3 seed Texas vs. No. 14 seed Abilene Christian

No. 7 seed Connecticut -3 vs. No. 10 seed Maryland

No. 2 seed Alabama -18 vs. No. 15 seed Iona

Midwest Region

No. 1 Illinois -21 vs. No. 16 seed Drexel

No. 8 seed Loyola-Chicago -2 vs. No. 9 seed Georgia Tech

No. 5 seed Tennessee -8 vs. No. 12 seed Oregon State

No. 4 seed Oklahoma State -8 vs. No. 13 seed Liberty

No. 6 seed San Diego State -2 vs. No. 11 seed Syracuse

No. 3 seed West Virginia -10.5 vs. No. 14 seed Morehead State

No. 10 seed Rutgers -2 vs. No. 7 seed Clemson

No. 2 seed Houston -18 vs. No. 15 seed Iona

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