How To Bet On NCAA

There is no fickler form of basketball betting than NCAA action. So many teams, so many ridiculous spreads, so many different storylines, so many roster tweaks, so many questions. The upside, of course, is that more teams means more games, and more games means more opportunities to win money. And so long as you have some idea of what you’re doing, it’s possible to make money betting on college roundball. It’s important to start with a strategy—some kind of gambling niche. Focus on one conference or a definitive number of teams. [+]

Don’t try to spread yourself too thin by tackling as many different tilts as sportsbooks allow. Splitting focus is how you go crazy. It’s also how you lose large sums of cash before you know it.

Rather than dilute your knowledge of the game with a seemingly infinite number of competitors, get down to the nitty gritty of your preferred conference or preordained group of betting friendly teams. Study their stats. See which types of teams—defensive, offensive, fast-paced, etc.—they thrive or struggle against. Stay up to date with injury reports and lineup changes. Know the head coaches and how they like to play.

All of this sounds like a lot of hard work, and it can be at first. But the more experience you get, the easier it becomes.

Best NCAA Betting Lines

One-stop shop’s for all of the NCAA’s best betting lines are goldmines in the sportsbetting world. Scroll through the odds and see which games tickle your fancy. [+]

The NCAA standings can get confusing. Teams are ranked by conference affiliation, and there’s also the national rank to consider. These metrics don’t tell the whole story, but they give you a good idea of where teams stand relative to one another, and in a pinch, they make betting on games with limited time for research doable.

Pay special attention to a team’s splits. What is their record against top-25 squads? How about intraconference foes? How have they been doing over the last 10 games or so? Are there any losing streaks or winning streaks you need to take under advisement?

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 16 January
FT MGE 80 - 88 Butler Bulldogs +300 -345 Odds
FT Vermont Catamounts 71 - 59 NEW Odds
FT Albany Great Danes 77 - 50 UMBC Retrievers Odds
FT Maine Black Bears 44 - 54 Hartford Hawks
FT SBS 86 - 75 Massachusetts Lowe. Odds
FT Creighton Bluejays 72 - 67 Xavier Musketeers +140 -154 Odds
FT TAM 89 - 83 SAJ -185 +165 Odds
FT Coppin State Eagles 81 - 72 Howard Bison
FT DePaul Blue Demons 68 - 78 SJR +500 -667 Odds
FT PSV 76 - 83 NOR -588 +475 Odds
FT BET 82 - 76 FAR
FT Seton Hall Pirates 46 - 76 Villanova Wildcats +900 -1250 Odds
FT Monmouth Hawks 76 - 72 CAN -141 +125 Odds
AOT Marist Red Foxes 93 - 87 NIA +180 -208 Odds
FT Harvard Crimson 70 - 65 Bryant Bulldogs
FT Syracuse Orange 68 - 85 N.C. Tar Heels +1000 -1429 Odds
FT CLE 76 - 65 OGG +925 -1429 Odds
FT YSP 71 - 87 Detroit Titans +165 -189 Odds
FT Boston Uni. Terries 69 - 77 MAR -294 +250 Odds
FT NCC 64 - 51 Hampton Pirates -213 +200 Odds
FT NOR 75 - 70 DSH
FT MIS 81 - 87 Southern Jaguars
FT GSP 101 - 86 LRC +345 -417 Odds
FT TSM 75 - 71 Troy Trojans +210 -250 Odds
FT NOR 53 - 82 Morgan State Bears
FT GSE 62 - 60 LOM -161 +145 Odds
FT WGB 56 - 80 VAC +405 -417 Odds
FT ARK 64 - 82 Alcorn State Braves
FT SST 86 - 82 SCS
FT Grambling Tigers 82 - 94 PRA
FT JST 44 - 67 TST +700 -833 Odds
FT Providence Friars 74 - 56 Georgetown Hoyas +250 -303 Odds
FT Kansas Jayhawks 76 - 72 Iowa State Cyclones -164 +150 Odds
Tuesday 17 January
FT Arkansas Razorbacks 62 - 60 Texas A&M Aggies +185 -196 Odds
FT Kentucky Wildcats 88 - 81 MIS -1250 +900 Odds
FT Texas Longhorns 64 - 74 Baylor Bears +900 -1250 Odds
FT BOW 73 - 85 Toledo Rockets +355 -417 Odds
FT Buffalo Bulls 82 - 69 KGF +140 -149 Odds
FT CMC 83 - 98 BAL +195 -213 Odds
FT Ohio Bobcats 68 - 83 Akron Zips +220 -256 Odds
FT WMB 80 - 86 EME +305 -357 Odds
FT SPP 69 - 55 Fairfield Stags +125 -125 Odds
FT Iona Gaels 82 - 67 Manhattan Jaspers -145 +130 Odds
FT Rider Broncs 68 - 78 Siena Saints +235 -278 Odds
FT IFI 68 - 91 Purdue Boilermakers +585 -769 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Panthers 74 - 79 N.C. State Wolfpack +130 -147 Odds
FT South Florida Bulls 64 - 86 FGK +1100 -1667 Odds
FT WMP 57 - 71 ICF +170 -196 Odds
FT Miami Redhawks 58 - 62 NOR +435 -526 Odds
FT VCD 68 - 76 Georgia Bulldogs +185 -200 Odds
FT TVT 69 - 80 Mississippi Rebels -145 +125 Odds
FT Michigan Wolverines 64 - 68 Wisconsin Badgers +495 -625 Odds
FT SDC 58 - 90 Grand Canyon Antel.
FT WSS 82 - 65 EPA -714 +535 Odds
FT SBB 71 - 52 St. Louis Billikens -625 +600 Odds
FT SDA 64 - 51 UNLV Rebels -238 +205 Odds
FT New Mexico Lobos 81 - 70 Boise State Broncos +250 -294 Odds
Wednesday 18 January
FT Florida Gators 53 - 57 SCG +115 -130 Odds
FT Missouri Tigers 56 - 68 ALA +775 -1111 Odds
FT MIS 73 - 68 ISS +115 -132 Odds
FT Duquesne Dukes 63 - 65 GEO +355 -400 Odds
FT Indiana Hoosiers 78 - 75 PSN -167 +147 Odds
FT NOT 80 - 83 FLO +205 -238 Odds
FT Temple Owls 74 - 81 Cincinnati Bearcats +700 -833 Odds
AOT SDS 83 - 85 IUPUI Jaguars +260 -313 Odds
AOT VCR 67 - 69 Fordham Rams -625 +535 Odds
FT St. Joseph´s Hawks 57 - 62 MAS +240 -278 Odds
FT Colgate Raiders 67 - 58 Boston Uni. Terries Odds
FT LMH 72 - 75 Navy Midshipmen Odds
FT HOL 85 - 76 Army Black Knights Odds
FT MAR 63 - 76 Bucknell Bison Odds
AOT Oklahoma Sooners 89 - 87 WVM Odds
FT TCU Horned Frogs 69 - 75 TTR +165 -175 Odds
FT Tulane Green Wave 82 - 89 TGH +475 -588 Odds
FT Lefayette Leopards 57 - 71 American Eagles Odds
AOT SIS 84 - 88 Drake Bulldogs -154 +140 Odds
FT Virginia Cavaliers 71 - 54 BOS -1429 +975 Odds
FT Miami Hurricanes 79 - 96 WDD -128 +115 Odds
FT Denver Pioneers 88 - 97 NOM +160 -179 Odds
FT sdc 80 - 90 ORG +125 -145 Odds
AOT LCR 69 - 72 NOR +160 -175 Odds
FT CAB 72 - 82 MCN
FT Roosevelt 57 - 77 CHI
FT LSU Tigers 74 - 78 Auburn Tigers +475 -588 Odds
FT GEO 61 - 62 VIR +675 -909 Odds
FT Utah Utes 88 - 47 WSC -455 +375 Odds
FT ISR 69 - 49 Bradley Braves -667 +525 Odds
FT Ohio State Buckeyes 67 - 66 NEB +115 -127 Odds
FT KSW 96 - 88 OSC +145 -149 Odds
FT Air Force Falcons 76 - 83 Nevada Wolf Pack +600 -833 Odds
FT CAL 70 - 48 Cal Poly Mustangs -278 +250 Odds
FT CAL 71 - 63 CAL +285 -333 Odds
FT Wyoming Cowboys 80 - 70 SJS +103 -101 Odds
AOT Colorado Buffaloes 83 - 85 Washington Huskies +115 -135 Odds
FT Colorado State Rams 57 - 78 FRE +195 -227 Odds
FT Northridge Matadors 77 - 80 Hawaii Warriors +130 -145 Odds
Thursday 19 January
FT CSB 73 - 52 PBH
12' GAR 60 - 64 Liberty Flames Odds
FT Radford Highlanders 72 - 60 Longwood Lancers
FT NEW 74 - 63 Maine Black Bears Odds
FT MOU 86 - 75 SHP
FT SFT 40 - 57 FDK
FT MID 65 - 52 FGP -1000 +700 Odds
39' NCW 61 - 53 Charleston Cougars -164 +150 Odds
FT NEH 62 - 69 DFB -400 +355 Odds
20' Towson Tigers 82 - 78 Hofstra Pride +155 -169 Odds
7' James Madison Dukes 72 - 72 WMT +270 -294 Odds
27' Citadel Bulldogs 93 - 96 WCC +105 -115 Odds
86' Maryland Terrapins 77 - 72 Iowa Hawkeyes +105 -120 Odds
FT Connecticut Huskies 49 - 69 SMM +560 -714 Odds
FT High Point Panthers 83 - 78 CAM
17' Davidson Wildcats 83 - 89 La Salle Explorers +125 -141 Odds
FT Richmond Spiders 59 - 75 Dayton Flyers +635 -833 Odds
FT Binghamton Bearcats 65 - 84 Albany Great Danes
FT Hartford Hawks 64 - 80 SBS
FT Massachusetts Lowe. 67 - 81 Vermont Catamounts
FT SCS 62 - 60 FGC
472' Lipscomb Bison 89 - 77 JAC
5' NJH 76 - 82 Stetson Hatters
FT Kennesaw State Owls 84 - 86 NOR
FT Wagner Seahawks 69 - 76 LBB
FT CBD 67 - 74 RMC
FT Bryant Bulldogs 61 - 75 SFR
FT Drexel Dragons 73 - 93 Elon Phoenix +260 -313 Odds
3' Mercer Bears 65 - 67 NCG +210 -238 Odds
FT VMI Keydets 70 - 88 Wofford Terriers +610 -833 Odds
129' ETE 60 - 71 Furman Paladins -164 +145 Odds
546' Rice Owls 43 - 65 LTB +205 -238 Odds
590' SIU 46 - 56 SMS +245 -294 Odds
226' Lamar Cardinals 57 - 80 SHS Odds
HT WEB 40 - 35 NDF -118 +105 Odds
66' Siena Saints 26 - 38 SPP +160 -179 Odds
HT MOR 38 - 42 AUS -154 +140 Odds
29' JAC 24 - 33 Belmont Bruins +375 -400 Odds
HT EIP 33 - 34 TMS +180 -204 Odds
20' NOR 20 - 31 SMG +110 -120 Odds
HT IPFW Mastodons 42 - 49 NOR +105 -120 Odds
106' EKC 31 - 37 Murray State Racers +310 -370 Odds
HT TTG 32 - 29 TST +425 -500 Odds
HT UAB Blazers 41 - 32 FLO -286 +250 Odds
HT HBH 25 - 36 NEW
HT SFA 24 - 16 TCI
1200' Pepperdine Waves 0 - 0 BRI
1200' NCA 0 - 0 Winthrop Eagles +180 -208
Clemson Tigers 21:00 LCA +190 -208 Odds
CAL 21:00 Oregon Ducks +430 -500 Odds
Arizona Wildcats 21:00 SCT -175 +162 Odds
1200' Idaho State Bengals 0 - 0 NOR +245 -294
1200' Memphis Tigers 0 - 0 Houston Cougars +240 -286
1200' ACW 0 - 0 NSC
1200' NOR 0 - 0 EWE +900 -1250
San Diego Torreros 22:00 LOY +240 -278 Odds
Portland Pilots 22:00 San Francisco Dons +375 -455 Odds
SUT 22:00 Idaho Vandals +510 -667 Odds
Montana Grizzlies 22:05 PSV -135 +115 Odds
MON 22:05 SSH +110 +105 Odds
SBG 22:30 LBS +315 -370 Odds
Pacific Tigers 23:00 St. Mary´s Gaels Odds
Stanford Cardinal 23:00 ORE -256 +230 Odds
ARI 23:00 UCLA Bruins Odds
Gonzaga Bulldogs 23:00 Santa Clara Broncos -1000 +825 Odds
Friday 20 January
EME 18:30 Akron Zips Odds
Fairfield Stags 19:00 Iona Gaels Odds
Manhattan Jaspers 19:00 Monmouth Hawks Odds
CAN 19:00 Quinnipiac Bobcats Odds
Detroit Titans 19:00 WSR Odds
OGG 19:00 NKN Odds
CLE 20:00 WMP Odds
YSP 20:00 WGB Odds
Yale Bulldogs 20:00 Brown Bears Odds
Saturday 21 January
VCD 12:00 Florida Gators
Georgia Bulldogs 12:00 Texas A&M Aggies
NEB 12:00 RSK
High Point Panthers 12:00 Radford Highlanders
TTG 12:00 Belmont Bruins
PSN 12:00 Purdue Boilermakers
N.C. Tar Heels 12:00 BOS
Syracuse Orange 12:00 NOT
Providence Friars 12:00 Villanova Wildcats
Fordham Rams 12:30 MAS
TGH 13:00 South Florida Bulls
Denver Pioneers 13:00 IUPUI Jaguars
Navy Midshipmen 13:30 Army Black Knights
Miami Redhawks 13:30 CMC
Texas Longhorns 14:00 Kansas Jayhawks
NIA 14:00 SPP
Dartmouth Big Green 14:00 Harvard Crimson
Towson Tigers 14:00 DFB
Mercer Bears 14:00 WCC
LCA 14:00 FLO
WDD 14:00 N.C. State Wolfpack
GEO 14:00 Virginia Cavaliers
Boston Uni. Terries 14:00 Bucknell Bison
MAR 14:00 Colgate Raiders
Butler Bulldogs 14:00 DePaul Blue Demons
Iowa State Cyclones 14:00 Oklahoma Sooners
OSC 14:00 TTR
IFI 14:15 Michigan Wolverines
CCC 14:15 GSP
WMB 14:30 Buffalo Bulls
BAL 14:30 BOW
Rhode Island Rams 14:30 Duquesne Dukes
MGE 14:30 Creighton Bluejays
Bradley Braves 15:00 MIS Odds
CBD 15:00 SFR
Idaho State Bengals 15:00 NDF
PBH 15:00 GAR
NOR 15:00 WIL
ISS 15:00 WSS
Mississippi Rebels 15:30 Missouri Tigers
Wagner Seahawks 15:30 SHP
ALA 16:00 Auburn Tigers
MSS 16:00 Indiana Hoosiers
LOY 16:00 Santa Clara Broncos
EPA 16:00 LCR
SCS 16:00 Stetson Hatters
LBB 16:00 FDK
MOU 16:00 SFT
James Madison Dukes 16:00 Charleston Cougars
Drexel Dragons 16:00 NCW
NEH 16:00 Hofstra Pride
DSH 16:00 SCS
Colorado Buffaloes 16:00 WSC
Arizona Wildcats 16:00 UCLA Bruins
Cincinnati Bearcats 16:00 Tulane Green Wave
NOM 16:00 ORG
Bryant Bulldogs 16:00 RMC
MSH 16:00 BET
Howard Bison 16:00 NOR
VMI Keydets 16:00 Furman Paladins
Lamar Cardinals 16:00 NSC
NOR 16:00 MCN
SUT 16:05 EWE
CAM 16:30 NCA
Ohio Bobcats 16:30 NOR
Wisconsin Badgers 16:30 MIN
APP 17:00 GSE
Rice Owls 17:00 SMG
Boise State Broncos 17:00 SJS
Citadel Bulldogs 17:00 NCG
Samford Bulldogs 17:00 Chattanooga Mocs
NEW 17:00 CAB
PRA 17:00 MIS
EIP 17:15 SMS
Longwood Lancers 17:30 CSB
IPFW Mastodons 17:30 SDS
LOM 17:30 TAM
LRC 17:30 TSM
MIS 18:00 TVT
SCG 18:00 Kentucky Wildcats
BRI 18:00 Pacific Tigers
Morgan State Bears 18:00 SST
WVM 18:00 KSW
Air Force Falcons 18:00 UNLV Rebels
Stanford Cardinal 18:00 Oregon Ducks
Houston Cougars 18:00 SMM
WKH 18:00 MAR
FRE 18:00 Nevada Wolf Pack
Alcorn State Braves 18:00 ALA
HBH 18:00 SLL
Hampton Pirates 18:30 NOR
JST 18:30 Grambling Tigers
Winthrop Eagles 19:00 Liberty Flames
Toledo Rockets 19:00 KGF
Marist Red Foxes 19:00 Rider Broncs
SIU 19:00 TMS
Lipscomb Bison 19:00 NOR
Cornell Big Red 19:00 Columbia Lions
UAB Blazers 19:00 FGP
NOR 19:00 LTB
WMT 19:00 Elon Phoenix
SAJ 19:00 ARK
St. Joseph´s Hawks 19:00 PSQ
NJH 19:00 FGC
Kennesaw State Owls 19:00 JAC
Lefayette Leopards 19:00 LMH
MID 19:00 FLO
Southern Jaguars 19:00 ALA
SBG 19:00 CAL
TCI 19:15 SHS
Murray State Racers 19:30 AUS
EKC 19:45 MOR
Portland Pilots 20:00 Gonzaga Bulldogs
NOR 20:00 SIS
Utah Utes 20:00 Washington Huskies
Troy Trojans 20:00 ARK
CHI 20:00 TPA
Drake Bulldogs 20:00 ISR
ODM 20:00 Charlotte 49ers
Wyoming Cowboys 20:00 New Mexico Lobos
Baylor Bears 20:00 TCU Horned Frogs
Miami Hurricanes 20:15 Duke Blue Devils
LSU Tigers 20:30 Arkansas Razorbacks
JAC 20:30 TST
SFA 20:30 IWC
TST 20:30 ARK
San Francisco Dons 21:00 San Diego Torreros
WEB 21:00 NOR
Seattle Redhawks 21:00 Grand Canyon Antel.
UMKC Kangaroos 21:00 NEW
TSA 21:00 TEM
Colorado State Rams 21:00 Utah State Aggies
NOR 22:00 Idaho Vandals
UVW 22:00 CSB
LBS 22:00 Cal Poly Mustangs
CAL 22:00 Northridge Matadors
Montana Grizzlies 22:05 SSH
MON 22:05 PSV
CAL 22:30 ORE
Pepperdine Waves 23:00 St. Mary´s Gaels
CAL 23:59 Hawaii Warriors
Sunday 22 January
UMBC Retrievers 12:00 Massachusetts Lowe.
SJR 12:00 Seton Hall Pirates
NOR 13:00 Ohio State Buckeyes
GMP 13:00 Richmond Spiders
Detroit Titans 13:00 NKN
NEW 13:00 Hartford Hawks
YSP 13:00 WMP
Siena Saints 14:00 Manhattan Jaspers
Fairfield Stags 14:00 Monmouth Hawks
Maine Black Bears 14:00 Albany Great Danes
Wofford Terriers 14:00 ETE
St. Louis Billikens 14:00 Dayton Flyers
La Salle Explorers 14:00 VCR
OGG 14:00 WSR
SBS 14:00 Binghamton Bearcats
Georgetown Hoyas 14:00 Xavier Musketeers
ICF 15:00 VAC
FGK 16:00 Memphis Tigers
EAS 18:00 Connecticut Huskies
VIR 18:30 Clemson Tigers
ARI 20:30 SCT

More NCAA Basketball Betting Tips

Everyone’s different, so not every NCAA betting strategy will work for all of us. But a fairly popular, not to mention effective, approach involves avoiding spreads altogether and manufacturing moneyline parlays.

Moneyline outcomes are easier to predict. You simply need to choose which team you think is going to win, and then go from there. Collegiate upsets happen, but they’re rare—especially when the spread surpasses double digits.

With this strategy, you persuse the biggest spreads, then pick five or more favorites you’re confident will win—not cover the spread, but win. You then combine those moneyline picks into a parlay and presto! You’ve increased your potential return while curbing the risk involved.

This method won’t get you hundred-dollar-bills-for-toilet-paper rich, but it will help you build up your sportsbook purse, provided you do some research on the teams in which you’re investing. 

Remember, though, not all big-spread matchups let you bet the moneyline. You need to get in on the action early to ensure that luxury isn’t used up. If you can’t grab the moneyline on a particular game, move on to the next candidate. Maintaining this discipline is important, as you can’t jostle back and forth betwen spreads and over/unders and moneylines and expect to remain consistent in your earnings.

Be Wary of Favorites in March Madness

Betting on March Madness is part and parcel of gambling on NCAA basketball. The tournament is teeming with so much action, even the most casual bettors try to get in on the action.

If you’re someone who has watched the regular season unfold, you’re at a stark advantage. But, that being said, don’t make the mistake of applying everything you see in the regular season to your March Madness bracket.

The best teams seldom win every game, even when they are demonstrative favorites. Yes, seven of the last 10 National Champions have come from No. 1 seeds, but remember, there are four number one seeds per tournament. So in that span, we’re talking about 40 first-place squads, which amounts to a sub-25 percent hit rate—and, again, that’s assuming a No. 1 seed wins the national title.

It’s of course smart in certain games to invest in the favorites. You know, for instance, that the top-seeded 2017 Gonzaga Bulldogs won’t be losing in the first round of the March Madness bracket, because a No. 1 seed has never fallen to a No. 16 seed. You also know it’s almost just as rare that a No. 15 seed upsets a No. 2 seed.

Beyond the first round, though, things can get tricky. You will want to play the matchups, position by position, more than the seeds itself. It may turn out that a first place team like the Kansas Jayhawks run the tables, but you need to maintain an openness to pivot should you notice they catch a bad matchup in one of the later rounds.

Betting on Teams with NBA Prospects

Whether it’s the regular season or March Madness, try not to get caught up in the hype of betting on teams that house some of the NBA’s best prospects.

In theory, this should be a good tactic. The best NBA prospects are the best players. That logic tracks. Why wouldn’t you want to favor those teams, almost without thinking? 

Because the team around them isn’t always great, or the coaching is sometimes suspect.

Look at what happened with Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, two of the top-three picks in 2014, when playing with the Kansas Jayhawks? They were bounced from the March Madness tournament relatively early.

Consider last year’s first-overall pick, Ben Simmons, whose LSU Tigers didn’t even make the tournament. It was the same story, different year, for Markelle Fultz with the Washington Huskies this past season.

During regular-season play, it’s sometimes okay to shirk this trend, but only if you’re betting on a team with multiple high-end prospects. The Kentucky Wildcats are always laden with NBA prospects and a genuine country-wide threat as well.

In the grand scheme of things, though, it’s more valuable to pay attention to team play styles. Are they better on offense or defense? Do they struggle against strong defenses? Grapple with inconsistency against great offenses? What types of teams do they beat most easily?

Answering those questions, both during the regular season and the March Madness tournament, will help you far more than just seeking out the biggest names and best players will.