Best futures and first-round bets for the NCAA Tournament

The college basketball tournament season is here, which means plenty of betting opportunities, both in individual games and in futures. Our experts — ESPN analysts Doug Kezirian, Joe Fortenbaugh and Dalen Cuff are here to give their best bets through the first round of NCAA games.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

Futures bets

Texas Longhorns +850 to win the East Region

Fortenbaugh: Red-hot Texas lands in the region with the most vulnerable No. 1-seed due to the late-season foot injury sustained by Michigan wing Isaiah Livers. People went to sleep on this Longhorns team after they dropped three straight games following their January COVID-19 pause, which has created a favorable buy-low opportunity for us believers entering the Madness. This is a well-coached squad under Shaka Smart that can shoot from deep and play quality defense. Just ask Oklahoma State, which was the darling of the Big 12 until the Longhorns upended them in the Big 12 title game.

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