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2021 ‘March Madness’ Vegas Odds and NCAA Tournament Guide

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What‌ ‌Is‌ ‌March‌ ‌Madness?‌

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March Madness is the unofficial name given to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The term March Madness actually comes from the state of Illinois, but it is now associated with one of the biggest and most popular sporting events of the year.

March Madness has expanded throughout the years, but it features the best college basketball teams competing for the right to win the National Championship. The “madness” comes from the unpredictable nature of the tournament and from the Cinderella stories that come from it.

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When Does March Madness Start?‌

Selection Sunday is set for Sunday, March 14, 2021. The First Four games will take place on Thursday, March 18.

The rest of the dates follow as outlined below:

March Madness Dates

EventDates
Selection SundayMarch 14
First FourMarch 18
First RoundMarch 19-20
Second RoundMarch 21-22
Sweet 16March 27-28
Elite 8March 29-30
Final FourApril 3
National ChampionshipApril 5

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March Madness Odds (Vegas)

March Madness Brackets

The March Madness bracket is the same each year in terms of where teams are placed based on seeding. The first four games will determine the final teams that fill out the traditional 64 team bracket.

The 2021 March Madness Tournament will be the first time that the Selection Committee places teams on the bracket using an S-Curve. Normally teams are placed based on geographic location as the brackets are broken down into these four regions: East, Midwest, South, West.

16 Norfolk State 54
16 App. State 53
11 Wichita St. 52
11 Drake 53
16 Mt. St. Mary’s 52
16 Texas So. 60
11 Michigan St. 80
11 UCLA 86
East
1 Michigan 82
16 Texas So. 66
8 LSU 76
9 St. Bona. 61
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5 Colorado 96
12 Georgetown 73
4 Florida State 64
13 UNCG 54
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6 BYU 62
11 UCLA 73
3 Texas 52
14 Abilene Christian 53
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7 UConn 54
10 Maryland 63
2 Alabama 68
15 Iona 55
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West
1 Gonzaga 98
16 Norfolk St. 55
8 Oklahoma 72
9 missouri 68
1
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5 Creighton 63
12 UCSB 62
4 Virginia 58
13 Ohio 62
5
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6 USC 72
11 Drake 56
3 Kansas 93
14 Eastern Washington 84
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7 Oregon (Cancelled) NC
10 VCU (Cancelled) NC
2 Iowa 86
15 Grand Canyon 74
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South
1 Baylor 79
16 Hartford 55
8 North Carolina 62
9 Wisconsin 85
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5 Villanova 73
12 Winthrop 63
4 Purdue 69
13 North Texas 78
5
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6 Texas Tech 65
11 Utah St. 53
3 Arkansas 85
14 Colgate 68
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7 Florida 75
10 Virginia Tech 70
2 Ohio State 72
15 Oral Roberts 75
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Midwest
1 Illinois 78
16 Drexel 49
8 Loyola Chicago 71
9 Georgia Tech 60
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5 Tennessee 56
12 Oregon St. 70
4 Oklahoma St. 69
13 Liberty 60
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6 San Diego St. 62
11 Syracuse 78
3 West Virginia 84
14 Morehead St. 67
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7 Clemson 56
10 Rutgers 60
2 Houston 87
15 Cleveland St. 56
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1 Michigan 86
8 LSU 78
5 Colorado 53
4 Florida St. 71
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11 UCLA 67
14 Abilene Christian 47
10 Maryland 77
2 Alabama 96
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West
1 Gonzaga 87
8 Oklahoma 71
5 Creighton 72
13 Ohio 58
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6 USC 85
3 Kansas 51
7 Oregon 95
2 Iowa 80
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South
1 Baylor 76
9 Wisconsin 63
5 Villanova 84
13 North Texas 61
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6 Texas Tech 66
3 Arkansas 68
7 Florida 78
15 Oral Roberts 81
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Midwest
1 Illinois 58
8 Loyola-Chicago 71
12 Oregon St. 80
4 Oklahoma St. 70
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11 Syracuse 75
3 West Virginia 72
10 Rutgers 60
2 Houston 63
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1 Michigan 76
4 Florida St. 58
11 UCLA 88
2 Alabama 78
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West
1 Gonzaga 83
5 Creighton 65
6 USC 82
7 Oregon 68
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South
1 Baylor 62
5 Villanova 51
3 Arkansas 72
15 Oral Roberts 70
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Midwest
8 Loyola Chicago 58
12 Oregon State 65
11 Syracuse 46
2 Houston 62
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East
1 Michigan 49
11 UCLA 51
West
1 Gonzaga 85
6 USC 66
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South
1 Baylor 81
3 Arkansas 72
Midwest
12 Oregon State 61
2 Houston 67
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West/East
1 Gonzaga 93
11 UCLA 90
South/Midwest
1 Baylor 78
2 Houston 59
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1 Gonzaga 70
1 Baylor (Winner) 86

Schedule

First Four — Thursday, March 18

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(16) Texas Southern vs. (16) Mount St. Mary’s5:10 p.m.truTVSimon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) Drake vs. (11) Wichita State6:27 p.m.TBSMackey Arena
(16) Appalachian State vs. (16) Norfolk State8:40 p.m.truTVSimon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) UCLA vs. (11) Michigan State9:57 p.m.TBSMackey Arena

First Round — Friday, March 19

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(7) Florida vs. (10) Virginia Tech12:15 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas vs. (14) Colgate12:45 p.m.truTVBankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Illinois vs. (16) Drexel1:15 p.m.TBSIndiana Farmers Coliseum
(6) Texas Tech vs. (11) Utah State1:45 p.m.TNTSimon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(2) Ohio State vs. (15) Oral Roberts3 p.m.CBSMackey Arena
(1) Baylor vs. (16) Hartford3:30 p.m.truTVLucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(8) Loyola Chicago vs. (9) Georgia Tech4 p.m.TBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(5) Tennessee vs. (12) Oregon State4:30 p.m.TNTBankers Life Fiieldhouse
(4) Oklahoma State vs. (13) Liberty6:25 p.m.TBSIndiana Farmers Coliseum
(8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin7:10 p.m.CBSMackey Arena
(2) Houston vs. (15) Cleveland State7:15 p.m.truTVSimon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(4) Purdue vs. (13) North Texas7:25 p.m.TNTLucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(7) Clemson vs. (10) Rutgers9:20 p.m.TBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(6) San Diego State vs. (11) Syracuse9:40 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(3) West Virginia vs. (14) Morehead State9:50 p.m.truTVLucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(5) Villanova vs. (12) Winthrop9:57 p.m.TNTIndiana Farmers Coliseum

First Round — Saturday, March 20

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(5) Colorado vs. (12) Georgetown12:15 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(4) Florida State vs. (13) UNC Greensboro12:45 p.m.truTVBankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Kansas vs. (14) Eastern Washington1:15 p.m.TBSIndiana Farmers Coliseum
(8) LSU vs. (9) St. Bonaventure1:45 p.m.TNTSimon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(1) Michigan vs. (16) Texas Southern3 p.m.CBSMackey Arena
(5) Creighton vs. (12) UC Santa Barbara3:30 p.m.truTVLucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(2) Alabama vs. (15) Iona4 p.m.TBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(6) USC vs. (11) Drake4:30 p.m.TNTBankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Iowa vs. (15) Grand Canyon6:25 p.m.TBSIndiana Farmers Coliseum
(7) UConn vs. (10) Maryland7:10 p.m.CBSMackey Arena
(4) Virginia vs. (13) Ohio7:15 p.m.truTVSimon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(8) Oklahoma vs. (9) Missouri7:25 p.m.TNTLucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) Norfolk State9:20 p.m.TBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(6) BYU vs. (11) UCLA9:40 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Texas vs. (14) Abilene Christian9:50 p.m.truTVLucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU9:57 p.m.TNTIndiana Farmers Coliseum

Second Round — Sunday, March 21

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(1) Illinois vs. (8) Loyola Chicago12:10 p.m.CBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Baylor vs. (9) Wisconsin2:40 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(3) West Virginia vs. (11) Syracuse5:15 p.m.CBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas vs. (6) Texas Tech6:10 p.m.TNTHinkle Fieldhouse
(2) Houston vs. (10) Rutgers7:10 p.m.TBSLucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(7) Florida vs. (15) Oral Roberts7:45 p.m.truTVIndiana Farmers Coliseum
(5) Villanova vs. (13) North Texas8:45 p.m.TNTBankers Life Fieldhouse
(4) Oklahoma State vs. (12) Oregon State9:40 p.m.TBSHinkle Fieldhouse

Second Round — Monday, March 22

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(7) Oregon vs (2) Iowa12:10 p.m.CBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(8) Oklahoma vs (1) Gonzaga2:40 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(14) Abilene Chr. vs (11) UCLA5:15 p.m.UCLABankers Life Fieldhouse
(13) Ohio vs (5) Creighton6:10 p.m.TNTHinkle Fieldhouse
(8) LSU vs (1) Michigan7:10 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium
(5) Colorado vs (4) Florida St.7:45 p.m.TBSIndiana Farmers Coliseum
(10) Maryland vs (2) Alabama8:45 p.m.TNTBankers Life Fieldhouse
(6) USC vs (3) Kansas9:40 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse

Sweet 16 — Saturday, March 27

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(8) Loyola Chicago vs. (12) Oregon State2:40 p.m.CBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Baylor vs. (5) Villanova5:15 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas vs. (15) Oral Roberts7:25 p.m.TBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Houston vs. (11) Syracuse9:55 p.m.TBSHinkle Fieldhouse

Sweet 16 — Sunday, March 28

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(1) Gonzaga vs. (5) Creighton2:10 p.m.CBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(1) Michigan vs. (4) Florida State5:00 p.m.CBSBankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Alabama vs. (11) UCLA7:15 p.m.TBSHinkle Fieldhouse
(6) USC vs. (7) Oregon9:45 p.m.TBSBankers Life Fieldhouse

Elite 8 — Monday, March 29

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(2) Houston vs (12) Oregon State7.15 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Baylor vs (3) Kansas9:57 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)

Elite 8 — Tuesday, March 30

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(1) Gonzaga vs (6) USC7:15 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Michigan vs (11) UCLA9:57 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)

Final Four — Saturday, April 3

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(1) Baylor vs (2) Houston5:14 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium Unity
(1) Gonzaga vs (11) UCLA8:34 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium Unity

National Championship — Monday, April 5

GameTime (ET)TVVenue
(1) Gonzaga vs (1) Baylor9:00 p.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium Unity

How‌ ‌Does‌ ‌March‌ ‌Madness‌ ‌Work?‌ ‌

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College basketball teams can qualify for the March Madness Tournament by earning the automatic qualifying bid that is given to each conference. The winner of the conference tournament earns a right to the NCAA Tournament.

After all of the automatic bids are handed out then a selection committee fills out the rest of the field with deserving teams. Teams are placed into four different regions, and the champion of each region advances to the Final Four.

All of the teams are seeded before the tournament begins and placed on a bracket. March Madness is played on a “win-or-go-home” format.

March Madness Betting‌ ‌

March Madness is the second most popular event to bet on in the United States, second to the Super Bowl. Sportsbooks feature many promotions and bonuses around the March Madness Tournament every year.

Some states prohibit betting on March Madness, especially for games featuring in-state teams. Betting on collegiate sporting events is one of the biggest debates in the US sports betting industry.

Betting‌ ‌Strategy‌

Every sports bettor will have their own betting strategy when betting on the NCAA Tournament, but making a futures bet is one of the most popular betting options. Sportsbooks offer future betting markets on the eventual NCAA Champion or on what teams will reach the Final Four.

Another March Madness betting strategy is to simply bet on every game across the tournament. With 67 different games being played over three weeks, there are plenty of opportunities to win some money on the NCAA Tournament.

March Madness Betting‌ ‌Odds‌

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There are a number of different betting types available for March Madness, and the odds will work differently for each type of bet. These odds will be released as soon as the March Madness bracket is unveiled, and will change frequently.

Vegas Odds to Win March Madness

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Prop‌ ‌Bets‌

Since the March Madness tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, prop betting is also extremely popular. There will be a number of prop betting options for each game of the tournament as well as for a whole event.

Prop bets are bets that are made on unique aspects of a game or sporting event and can add some fun and excitement to your betting experience.

  • Will a Number 1 seed reach the Final Four?
  • Will a double-digit seed reach the Final Four?

March Madness Predictions

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Baylor Bears look like the best early picks to win the NCAA Tournament. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this could shape up to be one of the most unpredictable tournaments in recent memory.

How Many Teams in March Madness Are There?

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Each year, 68 teams are selected to play in the March Madness Tournament and then these teams are placed on the bracket. The field of 68 teams is made up of 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large selections.

There is no requirement for how many teams can come from a certain conference.

2021 Tickets‌ ‌

The NCAA has not yet announced how many tickets will be available for the 2021 March Madness tournament or if fans will be allowed to attend. Typically, we’d see NCAA March Madness 2021 tickets are sold as a package for the entire weekend at each location.

Final Four tickets go on sale almost a year in advance as the upcoming Final Four locations have already been announced. Each team is allotted a certain number of tickets for each round, and students are given tickets to attend the Final Four.

March Madness Seeding – How Does It Work?

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee releases the seeds for the entire bracket on Selection Sunday. The top overall seed is revealed first, and they are set to matchup with the number 4 overall seed in the Final Four.

In 2021, the selection committee will be filling out the bracket using the “S-Curve” meaning that all teams will be seeded 1-68 and then placed on the appropriate line on the bracket. There are four regions with 16 teams and the winner of each region will advance to the Final Four.

The Lowest Seed to Win March Madness

In 1985 the Villanova Wildcats won the NCAA Tournament as the number 8 seed, the lowest to ever cut down the nets. In 2014, the Ucon Huskies were able to win the NCAA Tournament as a number 7 seed.

There have been four number 11 seeds that have reached the Final Four, but none have been able to win the final two games.

March Madness Seeds 2021

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears look like locks to earn a number 1 seed in 2021. The winner of the Big Ten Conference and the winner of the Big 12 Conference will likely earn the other two top seeds.

Previous March Madness Winners

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The UCLA Bruins have won the most March Madness titles, and some of the other “blue-blood” programs are next on the list. The Power 5 Conferences traditionally dominate the NCAA Tournament, especially when it comes to eventual champions.

Who Won the Last 10 NCAA Basketball Championships?

YearTeam
2020No winner due to Covid
2019Virginia
2018Villanova
2017North Carolina
2016Villanova
2015Duke
2014Connecticut
2013Louisville
2012Kentucky
2011Connecticut
2010Duke

2020 March Madness Winner

The 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore there was no champion. The field of 68 was not announced as the college basketball season was shut down as most leagues were completing their conference tournaments.

2019 March Madness Winner

The University of Virginia Cavaliers won the 2019 NCAA Championship by defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders by a score of 85-77. That game was played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2018 March Madness Winner

The Villanova Wildcats won the 2018 NCAA Tournament by defeating the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 79-65. This was the second March Madness championship for Villanova in three years.

Top 10 Schools With the Most Appearances in NCAA Tournaments

In light of historic fact, March Madness seems to belong to the top-seeded teams time and over again. So far, Kentucky is the true torch-bearers with 58 appearances with the first one dating back to 1942. As one of the oldest franchises, Kentucky has also proven to be one of the most talented winning eight titles so far.

AppearancesTeamLatestFirst Appearance
58Kentucky20191942
50North Carolina20191941
48Kansas20191940
47UCLA20181950
43Duke20191955
39Indiana20161940
39Louisville20191951
38Syracuse20191957
38Villanova20191942
36Notre Dame20171953

Which Teams Hold the Most Titles?

TeamTitle Wins
UCLA11
Kentucky8
North Carolina6
Duke5
Indiana5
Connecticut4
Kansas3
Michigan1
Ohio State1
Georgetown1

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