LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - The start of the NCAA Tournament is always a fun time for basketball fans and bettors alike. Thursday was also a great day for the underdog, which killed the books all afternoon.
The following game produced the first major upset of the 2015 NCAA Tournament as UAB knocked off Iowa State as a 14-point underdog. Not even an hour later, No. 14 Georgia State beat No. 3 Baylor 57-56 as a 9.5-point dog, while Butler beat Texas 56-48 as a 2.5-point dog and UCLA upset SMU 60-59 as a 4-point underdog.
All told, underdogs went 12-4 against the spread, including four outright victories. It'll be interesting to see if the pendulum swings back in favor of favorites on Friday when the NCAA Tournament action continues.