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March Madness Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds For First Round

  • March Madness begins with the first round on March 20-21
  • Big guns tipped to avoid embarrassing early exits
  • Leigh Copson provides his best round one bets
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Leigh Copson 20 Mar 2021
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The cream of the crop in College Basketball are in Indianapolis to determine the national champions.

March Madness is taking place between March 20 and April 5 and our tips are provided by expert basketball analysts and tipsters, with a preview of the first round below.

March Madness Tips for March 20


Illinois vs Drexel


Illinois should make light work of their first-round matchup in March Madness.

The Fighting Illini are on a seven-game win streak that includes last week’s Big Ten Tournament success, and they should be far too good for Drexel.

The Dragons did well to make it this far, but they are out of their depth.


Baylor vs Hartford


If this was a boxing match it would be a tune-up for Baylor.

The Bears are a serious cut above opponents Hartford and that should be clear for all to see.

Solid defence and efficient offense should ensure Baylor put their Big 12 Tournament disappointment behind them.


March Madness Tips for March 21


Texas vs Abilene Christian


Texas are rightly favourites, but a blow-out may not be on the cards here.

Abilene Christian boast a tough defense and the best turnover margin in the country.

They are also one of the better three-point shooters in the nation.

An upset may be too much to ask for, but they appear to be capable of covering the spread in defeat.


Iowa vs Grand Canyon


Iowa’s efficient offense should lead them to victory here.

They may not have it all their own way though. Grand Canyon are a school ‘on the up’ and they possess the size to cause Iowa a few problems.

The Antelopes do not have the defensive talent required to slow down this high-scoring Hawkeyes offense however.

That could be telling as Iowa pull away to cover the spread and win.

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Verdict

Illinois, Iowa and Baylor are all tipped to cover the spread in round one.

Abiliene Christian could make life difficult for Texas however, although the Longhorns should advance.

Best Bet: Illinois -23.0 Point Spread @-116.28 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Baylor -26.0 Point Spread @-111.11 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Abilene Christian +9.0 Point Spread @-105.26 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Iowa -14.5 Point Spread @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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