March Madness Day Two By The Numbers: Underdogs cashing left and right
Well, the Round of 64 of March Madness is in the books, and it sure was a rollercoaster. The first two days of NCAA Tournament action certainly didn’t disappoint, as we saw huge upsets, overtime thrillers, and everything in between. There’s a lot to unpack, and you can check out our latest takeaways here.
Right now we thought we’d digest some of the data relevant to betting from Saturday to help inform your wagers moving forward. Without further ado let’s dive in, but don’t forget to check out our picks on the side and total for every game first.
Underdogs went 11-4 ATS
Favorites went 9-7 ATS yesterday, but the underdogs had their revenge on Saturday. Underdogs went 11-4 against the spread, with five of them winning outright. That’s an interesting divergence from Friday, when all but one underdog that covered also won outright. On Saturday, Texas Southern, Grand Canyon, Iona, UCSB, Eastern Washington, and UNC Greensboro all covered but didn’t win outright.
The under went 11-4
The under was once again profitable after going 9-7 on Friday. A few of the early games (Georgetown vs. Colorado, Eastern Washington vs. Kansas, and Texas Southern vs. Michigan) all went over, but in the late afternoon and evening it was pretty much exclusively unders.
The upsets got started late
Before Ohio beat Virginia in the late afternoon period, there hadn’t been any outright upset winners. The Bobcats toppling the Cavaliers then sparked a run of underdogs. After Ohio closed it out, fellow underdogs Maryland, Oklahoma, UCLA, and Abeline Christian all pulled off outright wins in the evening. Perhaps something in the air gets even more magical as the night goes on.