The 2017 NCAA Tournament finalizes its Sweet Sixteen on Sunday, with favorites on the betting lines including Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Duke.
The Michigan Wolverines are 6-0 straight up and 5-1 against the spread over their last six games. The Wolverines will try to stay hot with an upset over the Louisville Cardinals this Sunday.
No. 7 Michigan is a 2.5-point underdog on the March Madness betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. No. 2 Louisville is the smallest favorite on the board on Sunday facing a hot Michigan team that is 11-2 SU and 9-4 ATS over its last 13 games.
The Cardinals have been comfortable as a small favorite in recent seasons with a 9-2 SU and ATS record in their last 11 games as a favorite of 2.5 points or less.
The No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats also have a tough test on hand as 4.5-point favorites against the No. 10 Wichita State Shockers on Sunday. Kentucky has been nothing short of dominant in the month of March in recent seasons, going 24-1 SU and 16-7-2 ATS in its last 25 games played in March per the OddsShark College Basketball Database.
The last time these two teams met, Kentucky handed Wichita State its only loss of the 2013-14 season in a second-round upset over the Shockers.
The other games featuring top seeds in action on Sunday are No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 1 Kansas (-8), No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 1 North Carolina (-11), and No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Duke (-7.5).
Michigan State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against Kansas and 4-1 SU in its last five games against the Jayhawks. Kansas has the more talented team this season, but Tom Izzo is one of the top coaches in the nation and has enjoyed the upper hand over Bill Self in recent years.
Rounding out Sunday’s tournament card, three No. 3 seeds will take the court in matchups of No. 11 Rhode Island vs. No. 3 Oregon (-5), No. 11 USC vs. No. 3 Baylor (-7), and No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 3 UCLA (-4).
Just two days after erasing a 17-point deficit to defeat Providence, USC overcame a 12-point hole to upset No. 6 SMU as 6.5-point underdogs on Friday. Baylor is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games as a favorite of 6.5 points or more and 3-7 SU in its last 10 games in March, but the Bears can’t afford any lapses in confidence against this dangerous underdog.