Published Friday, March 22, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Updated Friday, March 22, 2013 | 9:47 p.m.
Raise your hand if this sounds familiar.
After a marathon session of watching and wagering on the NCAA Tournament Thursday, you have very little left to show. Your wallet is a bit lighter, there is plenty of ripped betting slips littering the floor beneath you and you can barely keep your eyes open.
What a great day, right?
Well, grab a Mountain Dew, cup of coffee or an energy drink, because the madness of March has just began. It’s Friday and there are 16 more second round games on the schedule, which should provide plenty of chances to increase your profit or start recovering from some of your losses.
Thursday confirmed what we already knew about the betting the tournament: Anything can, and typically does, happen.
Here’s a small sample: +3500 money line underdog Southern nearly became the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed, the Memphis-St. Mary’s betting winner wasn’t decided until the final buzzer, No. 12 seeds Cal and Oregon both knocked off higher-seeded teams, and somehow 14 seed Harvard beat a New Mexico team some had reaching the Final Four. My bracket is a mess, too.
And that was a pretty tame day. Favorites Butler, Arizona, Louisville and Michigan each covered with relative ease. Syracuse and VCU covered by more than 30 points.
Below is a list of Friday’s second-round games and the betting numbers from Thursday night at LVH. We’ll update this story all day Vegas style — the final score, and which team covered the spread. Good luck.
(15) Albany vs. (2) Duke
9:15 a.m., Midwest Region
LINE: Duke -18; Total 133
Duke defeated Albany 73-61 in the first game to go final Friday, but Albany was the winner in Las Vegas because it covered the spread. The game went over the total in the final seconds.
(12) Mississippi vs. (5) Wisconsin
9:40 a.m., West Region
LINE: Wisconsin -6; Total 126.5
Ole Miss became the third 12-seed to down a No. 5 seed, beating Wisconsin 57-46 and cashing tickets for underdog bettors in the process. The game finished well under the total, assisted by Wisconsin shooting 25 percent from the field.
(9) Temple vs (8) NC State
10:40 a.m., East Region
LINE: NC State -4.5; Total 149.5
Underdog Temple won straight up against NC State in the East Region’s 8-9 game, fighting off a late Wolf Pack rally for a 76-72 victory. So far Friday, three underdogs have covered and two — Ole Miss and Temple — has won straight up. The total in the Temple-NC State stayed under by about two points depending on which casino you wagered at.
(15) Pacific vs. (2) Miami
9:15 a.m., East Region
LINE: Miami -13; Total 125.5
Miami was the first betting favorite to cover Friday in four games, easily beating Pacific, 78-49. The total cleared the over in the final seconds. It’s amazing how close some of the betting numbers are.
(10) Cincinnati vs. (7) Creighton
11:45 a.m., Midwest Region
LINE: Creighton -3.5-; Total 128.5
Creighton’s 67-63 victory against Cincinnati produced much drama for bettors watching at the sport books. A free throw by Creighton with 2.3 seconds remaining gave the Blue Jays a two possession lead, and more important, a cover by a half of a point. The game went over the total.
(14) La Salle vs. (4) Kansas State
12:10 p.m., West Region
LINE: Kansas State -5.5; Total 132.5
La Salle knocked off Kansas State 63-61, easily covering the spread in the progress.There was a bad beat, however, as the game went under the total when the teams combined to score 15 less points in the second half compared to the first.
(16) James Madison vs. (1) Indiana
1:10 p.m., East Region
LINE: Indiana -21.5; Total 136
No. 1 seed Indiana downed James Madison 83-62 in its opening game, but missed covering the point spread by a half-point. Despite leading by as many as 30 points in the second half, Indiana couldn't hang on for the cover. The game went over the total.
(10) Colorado vs (7) Illinois
1:40 p.m., East Region
LINE: Illinois -1; Total 127
Illinois built a double-digit first-half lead and held off a second half charge from Colorado for a 57-49 victory. The game stayed under the total.
(15) Florida Gulf Coast vs. (2) Georgetown
3:50 p.m., South Region
LINE: Georgetown -13.5; Total 123.5
This is why they play the games. Florida Gulf Coast, a No. 15 seed and 13.5 betting underdog, is this year’s Cinderella team. They led virtually the entire game against a Georgetown team expected to make a deep tournament run, winning 78-68. So, how’s your bracket now? The game easily went over the point total.
(15) Iona vs. (3) Ohio State
4:15 p.m., West Region
LINE: Ohio State -14; Total 145
While double-digit betting favorites New Mexico and Georgetown lost straight up, other big favorites have covered the number with ease in the first two days of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State added to the list of favorites cruising to a lopsided win, taking care of Iona 95-70. The game comfortably covered the total over.
(9) Villanova vs. (8) North Carolina
4:20 p.m., South Region
LINE: North Carolina -4; Total 143.5
North Carolina advanced to the round of 32 with a 78-71 win against Villanova. They also point covered the spread. The game went over the point total.
(14) Northwestern State vs. (3) Florida
4:27 p.m., South Region
LINE: Florida -20.5; Total 141
Florida covered a big number in its 79-47 victory against Northwestern State, limiting the Southland school to just 15 second-half points. The strong Florida defense, or poor Northwestern State offense, kept the point total under.
(10) Oklahoma vs. (7) San Diego State
6:20 p.m., South Region
LINE: San Diego State -3; Total 133.5
The Mountain West received its second win of the tournament when No. 7 seed San Diego State beat former UNLV coach Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma team, 70-55. Yes, Rebel fans, a Lon Kruger team lost against to San Diego State. The Aztecs were a small favorite and covered. The total stayed under.
(10) Iowa State vs. (7) Notre Dame
6:45 p.m., West Region
LINE: Notre Dame -1; Total 140.5
Iowa State advanced to Sunday’s round of 32 with a 76-58 victory against Notre Dame. Iowa State led comfortably most of game, which stayed under the point total.
(16) Western Kentucky vs. (1) Kansas
6:50 p.m., South Region
LINE: Kansas -20.5; Total 133
Western Kentucky put a major scare into No. 1 seed Kansas, leading by one point at halftime before running out of gas in a 64-57 loss. The game stayed under the point total.
(11) Minnesota vs. (6) UCLA
6:57 p.m., South Region
LINE: Minnesota -3; Total 135.5
Minnesota easily covered the 3-point spread with a 83-63 victory against UCLA. The game also went over the point total. Former Gorman player Shabazz Muhammad, likely playing in his last college game, finished with 20 points on 6 of 18 shooting.