March Madness First-Round: Three Bets and Picks for Thursday’s Games

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Sports Illustrated

By Kyle Wood Three picks against the spread as the 2023 men’s NCAA tournament starts on Thursday. One of the most wonderful days on the sports calendar is nearly here: Day 1 of March Madness. NCAA Tournament games commence just after noon ET on Thursday and staggered tip-offs continue for the next 10 or so hours. All told, there’s 16 games Thursday and 16 more Friday. Three No. 1 seeds are in action for the start of the Round of 64, including Houston, which has the best odds to win the national championship. No. 12 Oral Roberts, one of the most intriguing teams in the tournament field, is also…

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