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Initial Betting Lines Released For NCAA Tournament 2nd Round Games

Bill Self yells at his players during a Kansas game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 06: Bill Self the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks gives instructions to his team against the Michigan State Spartans during the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With eight games in the books, four of the matchups for the NCAA Tournament 2nd Round have now been determined. Ahead of those four games, the early betting lines have already been released.

According to South Point Hotel in Las Vegas via Chris Andrews, four lines have been determined so far.

Florida State will open as a five-point favorite against Murray State, LSU will be a two-point favorite against Maryland, Michigan State will be a 10.5-point favorite over Minnesota, and Auburn-Kansas is a pick 'em.

No. 4 Florida State had a close game against No. 13 Vermont, while No. 12 Murray State had absolutely no trouble in their upset win over No. 5 Marquette.

No. 3 LSU and No. 6 Maryland both got close wins over double-digit seeds to avoid big first-round upsets against Yale and Belmont, respectively.

No. 2 Michigan State similarly avoided an upset against Bradley, while No. 10 Minnesota successfully upset Louisville.

No. 5 Auburn eked out a win over New Mexico State that came down to the final shot, while No. 4 Kansas blew the doors off of Northeastern, winning by 34.

The other 12 matchups will trickle in as the games progress between today and Friday, and the upcoming injury reports could affect the final lines by the weekend.