Round 1 College Basketball Bets: Longshots + Underdogs

  • As number one seeds, Houston and Kansas have large spreads to cover in the first round that give online gamblers favorable odds.
  • Arizona and Marquette are two seeds for March Madness but face red hot opponents for the first round in Princeton and Vermont.

Birmingham, Ala. – Both the Houston Cougars and the Kansas Jayhawks are number one seeds for the 2023 March Madness tournament but failed to win their conference championship games in the final round.

As number one seeds, they are both massive favorites to advance to the next round, giving online gambling value to those underdogs to cover. The two teams went a combined 5-3 ATS following a loss.

Round One Game Lines

Matchup Moneyline Spread Total
Ny Kentucky/Houston +1250/-3000 +19.5/-19.5 Over 123/Under 123
Howard/Kansas +1500/-4000 +21.0/-21.0 Over 145.5/-145.5

Neither team were in the top of the standings when it comes to covering as the favorite, with Houston at 18-16 and Kansas at 13-14 for the season.

First Round Longshot Knockouts

There were six upsets during the first round of the 2022 March Madness tournament, with 15 seed St. Peters knocking off 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats leading the way. While these upsets historically occur in the first round, March Madness gambling fans have the chance to make their picks for where and when they will occur.

There are a few first round matchups to keep an eye on for 2023 for anticipating big upsets.

Princeton And Arizona – South Region

  • Princeton +750
  • Arizona -1200

Princeton is coming off their Ivy League Tournament win after knocking off number one seed Yale. The Tigers only played five total games as underdogs this season and have a record of 3-2 SU in those games.

Vermont and Marquette – Midwest Region

  • Vermont +460
  • Marquette -600

Vermont had a rough start to the season but is currently riding a 15 game win streak, including their run of winning the American East tournament.

The Catamounts had a point differential of +62 over the three games they dominated during their conference tournament.