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NCAA Tourney Betting: Friday

If your bracket and your bankroll survived Day 1 of  March Madness don't start celebrating too soon.

The tide can turn pretty quickly when the rest of the tournament field gets its first taste of the Madness on Friday.

The remaining three top seeds all begin their tournament journey on Friday, starting with the Duke Blue Devils versus the Hampton Pirates in the West. It's a lock that Duke will continue the dominance of No. 1 seeds over No. 16 seeds, but it isn't a lock that they will cover the 23-point spread they're being spotted at Bovada.

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In their last 17 games this season as a double-digit favorite the Blue Devils are 10-7 ATS. One thing to watch for in this game is if Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving is able to return after being sidelined for months with an injured toe.

The other No. 1 seed matchups on tap Friday are No. 1 Kansas vs. Boston in the Southwest, and No. 1 Ohio State versus First Four winner Texas-San Antonio in the East. [ Get matchup reports and full previews of every game ]

The Jayhawks are expected to crush the Terriers as a 22.5-point favorite at Bovada. Led by the Morris brothers, the Jayhawks are a number of experts and President Obama's pick to win the tournament.

You may not want to pick them ATS in their opener, though. The Jayhawks are only 5-5 ATS in their last 10 tournament openers - wait until the next round, where Kansas is 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight.

The Buckeyes are the overall No. 1 team in the tournament and they're 21.5-point favorites in their tourney opener versus the Roadrunners. Texas-San Antonio played on Wednesday night in a First Four matchup against Alabama State and won 70-61 as a 4.5-point favorite. They'll need all the luck in the world to do the same thing to Jared Sullinger and the Buckeyes.

If you're looking for potential upsets on Friday's schedule you might want to start with No. 11 Marquette vs. No. 6 Xavier in the East region. The Musketeers may be a No. 6 seed but they're only a 2.5-point favorite versus the Golden Eagles. Xavier may have won nine in a row before their upset loss to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, but they didn't have to brave the tough Big East like Marquette did this season.

The Golden Eagles have been inconsistent this season but they are tough to play against when they're on, which is evident by their wins over Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Connecticut this season.

A No. 9 vs. No. 8 matchup is always intriguing, and Friday's schedule has three of them starting with No. 9 Villanova vs. No. 8 George Mason in the East. The Wildcats faded down the stretch this season with five straight losses, but they're still a 1-point favorite against the Patriots. They're also 3-0 SU and 1-2 ATS in their last three games against George Mason.

The other 9 vs. 8 matchups on Friday are No. 9 Illinois vs. No. 8 UNLV in the Southeast, and No. 9 Tennessee vs. No. 8 Michigan in the West. The Rebels are a 2.5-point favorite and were strong away from home this season at 10-4 SU and 8-6 ATS.

The No. 9 Volunteers are a 2-point favorite versus the higher-seeded Wolverines. The Vols made it into the Elite Eight last year as a No. 6 seed while going 2-1-1 ATS.

Here's a rundown of the rest of Friday's games with odds from Bovada:

Southwest:
Akron (15) vs. Notre Dame (2) -14
Florida State (10) vs. Texas A&M (7) -1.5
St. Peter's (14) vs. Purdue (3) -14.5
VCU (11) vs. Georgetown (6) -5.5

West:
Oakland (13) vs. Texas (4) -10.5
Memphis (12) vs. Arizona (5) -5.5

East:
Long Island (15) vs. North Carolina (2) -17.5
Georgia (10) vs. Washington (7) -5.5
Indiana State (14) vs. Syracuse (3) -12.5

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