March Madness Betting Trends: Top Seeds Performance Against the Spread

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Sports Illustrated

By Kyle Wood Analyzing the betting records for the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 seeds in the men’s NCAA Tournament. The top teams in the NCAA Tournament get through to the Round of 32, at the very least, more often than not. No. 1 seeds are 147–1 against No. 16 seeds, No. 2 seeds have gone 138–10 versus No. 15 seeds, No. 14 seeds have a 126–22 record when they face No. 3 seeds and No. 4 seeds are 117–31 all-time against No. 13 seeds. So upsets do happen (hello, St. Peter’s and UMBC) but they are somewhat rare, specifically for No. 1 and No. 2 seeds early on in March Madness. What’s harder to predict than…

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