March Madness First Round Games: Odds, Tips and Betting trends for March 16

March Madness First Round Games: Odds, Tips and Betting trends for March 16

Thursday’s NCAA Tournament First Round schedule features 11 games.

To gain an edge ahead of today’s March Madness games, read our betting preview below.

First Round Games: Betting Information for March 16

College basketball odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. Odds updated Tuesday at 5:34 PM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers vs No. 8 Maryland Terrapins Odds and Lines

West Virginia will meet Maryland at 12:15 PM ET on Thursday at Legacy Arena at BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Favorite: West Virginia (-2)
  • Total: 137.5
  • Moneyline: West Virginia (-134) | Maryland (+112)

No. 13 Furman Paladins vs No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers Odds and Lines

Furman will meet Virginia at 12:40 PM ET on Thursday at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

  • Favorite: Virginia (-5.5)
  • Total: 132
  • Moneyline: Virginia (-231) | Furman (+190)

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No. 10 Utah State Aggies vs No. 7 Missouri Tigers Odds and Lines

Utah State hits the court against Missouri at 1:40 PM ET on Thursday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

  • Favorite: Utah State (-1.5)
  • Total: 155
  • Moneyline: Utah State (-126) | Missouri (+105)

No. 16 Howard Bison vs No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks Odds and Lines

Howard plays Kansas at 2:00 PM ET on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Favorite: Kansas (-21.5)
  • Total: 145.5
  • Moneyline: Kansas (-6250) | Howard (+1680)

No. 12 Charleston (SC) Cougars vs No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs Odds and Lines

Charleston (SC) squares off against San Diego State at 3:10 PM ET on Thursday at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

  • Favorite: San Diego State (-5)
  • Total: 141.5
  • Moneyline: San Diego State (-222) | Charleston (SC) (+182)

No. 15 Princeton Tigers vs No. 2 Arizona Wildcats Odds and Lines

Princeton will meet Arizona at 4:10 PM ET on Thursday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

  • Favorite: Arizona (-14.5)
  • Total: 154
  • Moneyline: Arizona (-1091) | Princeton (+700)

No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini vs No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks Odds and Lines

Illinois hits the court against Arkansas at 4:30 PM ET on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Favorite: Arkansas (-2)
  • Total: 143.5
  • Moneyline: Arkansas (-136) | Illinois (+114)

No. 9 Auburn Tigers vs No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Lines

Auburn squares off against Iowa at 6:50 PM ET on Thursday at Legacy Arena at BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Favorite: Auburn (-1)
  • Total: 152
  • Moneyline: Auburn (-117) | Iowa (-103)

No. 12 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs No. 5 Duke Blue Devils Odds and Lines

Oral Roberts squares off against Duke at 7:10 PM ET on Thursday at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

  • Favorite: Duke (-6.5)
  • Total: 146
  • Moneyline: Duke (-286) | Oral Roberts (+227)

No. 15 Colgate Raiders vs No. 2 Texas Longhorns Odds and Lines

Colgate will take on Texas at 7:25 PM ET on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Favorite: Texas (-13.5)
  • Total: 147.5
  • Moneyline: Texas (-1078) | Colgate (+679)

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No. 10 Boise State Broncos vs No. 7 Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Lines

Boise State squares off against Northwestern at 7:35 PM ET on Thursday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

  • Favorite: Northwestern (-1.5)
  • Total: 128
  • Moneyline: Northwestern (-124) | Boise State (+103)

No. 16 Northern Kentucky Norse vs No. 1 Houston Cougars Odds and Lines

Northern Kentucky takes on Houston at 9:20 PM ET on Friday at Legacy Arena at BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Favorite: Houston (-19.5)
  • Total: 122.5
  • Moneyline: Houston (-3767) | Northern Kentucky (+1417)

No. 13 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers Odds and Lines

Louisiana meets Tennessee at 9:40 PM ET on Friday at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

  • Favorite: Tennessee (-11)
  • Total: 136.5
  • Moneyline: Tennessee (-620) | Louisiana (+450)

No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions vs No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies Odds and Lines

Penn State will square off against Texas A&M at 9:55 PM ET on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Favorite: Texas A&M (-3)
  • Total: 134.5
  • Moneyline: Texas A&M (-158) | Penn State (+133)

No. 15 UNC Asheville Bulldogs vs No. 2 UCLA Bruins Odds and Lines

UNC Asheville squares off against UCLA at 10:05 PM ET on Friday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

  • Favorite: UCLA (-17.5)
  • Total: 134.5
  • Moneyline: UCLA (-2452) | UNC Asheville (+1133)

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