First Four odds: Which teams are likely to advance out of Dayton?
The Kentucky Wildcats are the heavy favorite on the odds to win the 2015 NCAA tournament at the online sportsbooks, but they don't yet know their opponent for their Round of 64 matchup later this week. That will be decided in Dayton on Tuesday night when Hampton faces Manhattan in one of the First Four matchups that will finalize the tournament bracket.
Manhattan sits as an 8.5-point favorite against Hampton at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for their game in Dayton on Tuesday night, with the winner earning the right to be listed as a massive underdog against the unbeaten Wildcats in the Round of 64.
The Jaspers, out of the Metro Atlantic, have won each of their last nine games in which they were listed as favorites. The Pirates, out of the MEAC, were 6-0 against the spread this season in games that received betting odds at the sportsbooks.
The Hampton vs. Manhattan betting matchup is set to tip off at 6:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, and it'll be followed by BYU vs. Ole Miss at around 9:10 p.m. ET. The Cougars and Rebels will be fighting for a No. 11 seed in the West Region of the NCAA tournament bracket, and they'll be facing No. 6 Xavier in the Round of 64.
The sportsbooks have BYU listed as a 3.5-point favorite for their Tuesday game against Ole Miss, and the Cougars are 9-0 straight up and 7-2 against the spread in their last nine outings heading into the First Four. BYU is also 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games as the favorite; Ole Miss, however, went 9-2 against the spread this season as the underdog.
Robert Morris and North Florida will be battling to earn the No. 16 seed in the South Region of the NCAA tournament, with that winner forced to then take on the Duke Blue Devils in the Round of 64. North Florida is listed as the 3-point favorite on the March Madness odds at the sportsbooks for the matchup, and they've gone 16-2 straight up in their last 18 games.
Boise State and Dayton will then have the No. 11 seed in the East Region on the line to wrap up the First Four on Wednesday night, with No. 6 Providence awaiting the winner in the Round of 64. Dayton will have the crowd on their side for Wednesday's contest, and the sportsbooks have them set as the 4-point favorite for the game.
The Flyers won 21 of the 24 games this season in which they were listed as the favorite, and Dayton is also 6-3 against the spread in NCAA tournament games since 2000. Boise State, however, has managed to at least pay out on the odds in seven of their past eight games as underdogs.