Day 1 of the NCAA tournament is over and there are some coaches who have some ‘splainin to do.
While higher seeds won for the most part, some teams that were favored in the gambling line got a shot to the jaw.
Syracuse, most notably, did nothing to extinguish the sentiment that it can be had, by struggling against North Carolina-Asheville. The Orange were a 15.5-point favorite but only managed to win by seven, and it was a bad call or two away from becoming the first top-seeded team to ever lose to a No. 16 seed.
Twenty years ago, Syracuse became the first second seed to lose to a No. 15 seed when the then-Orangemen underestimated an unafraid Richmond Spiders squad.
Kentucky doesn’t get off the hook either as far as the lines are concerned.
Kentucky was a 26.5-point favorite over Western Kentucky but only managed a 15-point victory. That’s not to say the Wildcats couldn’t have won by more, but it’s a good glimpse into the heart of Western Kentucky.
So what’s in a line?
For the following five teams, the line meant nothing. Whether by upset or confirmation of oddsmakers’ opinions, these five were vastly underrated by Las Vegas.