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 04 December
FT Michigan Wolverines 62 - 71 Ohio State Buckeyes +113 -133 Odds
FT Appalachian State 71 - 72 Western Carolina -263 +225 Odds
FT MSH 61 - 86 Duquesne Dukes
FT Stony Brook 71 - 75 LIU-Brooklyn Odds
FT Wisconsin Badgers 64 - 63 Penn State +205 -244 Odds
FT Campbell 66 - 69 East Carolina Odds
AOT Liberty Flames 77 - 74 Georgia State Odds
FT High Point Panthers 58 - 70 Charleston Cougars Odds
FT Quinnipiac Bobcats 89 - 87 Columbia Lions +515 -667 Odds
FT Pennsylvania 81 - 68 Howard Bison
FT Iowa Hawkeyes 64 - 77 Indiana Hoosiers +215 -256 Odds
FT Sam Houston State 56 - 84 Baylor Bears Odds
FT Texas-San Antonio 85 - 97 Oklahoma Sooners Odds
FT Missouri State 71 - 58 North Dakota State -149 +130 Odds
FT Tougaloo Bulldogs 95 - 111 Grambling Tigers
FT Belmont Bruins 54 - 69 Lipscomb Bison Odds
FT Florida State 83 - 66 Florida Gators +390 -455 Odds
FT Northern Illinois 80 - 94 Iowa State Cyclones Odds
FT WSM 67 - 79 Air Force Falcons Odds
FT Central Arkansas 76 - 78 San Francisco Dons Odds
FT PAC 69 - 99 Seattle Redhawks
FT Sacramento State 54 - 70 St. Mary´s Gaels Odds
Tuesday 05 December
FT James Madison Dukes 82 - 84 Citadel Bulldogs -323 +270 Odds
FT Dartmouth Big Green 73 - 79 Sacred Heart
FT Virginia Cavaliers 61 - 68 West Virginia +170 -196 Odds
FT Ball State 80 - 77 Notre Dame Odds
AOT Mount St. Mary's 78 - 82 Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
FT Michigan State 62 - 52 Rutgers -1250 +875 Odds
FT Villanova Wildcats 88 - 72 Gonzaga Bulldogs -208 +177 Odds
FT Winthrop Eagles 82 - 87 Georgia Bulldogs Odds
FT Vermont Catamounts 81 - 91 Marquette Odds
FT VMI Keydets 51 - 74 Davidson Wildcats Odds
FT Texas Longhorns 71 - 67 VCU -303 +250 Odds
FT Evansville 91 - 76 Bowling Green +125 -145 Odds
FT Montana State 48 - 75 Central Michigan +115 -135 Odds
FT UMass Lowell 72 - 90 Wagner Seahawks Odds
FT Niagara 78 - 70 New Hampshire Odds
FT Bucknell Bison 64 - 82 Northeastern Odds
FT Wisconsin-Milwaukee 62 - 52 Jacksonville
FT OVF 68 - 98 Wright State
FT SCS 77 - 88 Presbyterian
FT Chattanooga Mocs 66 - 70 Marshall +310 -370 Odds
FT Wake Forest 80 - 57 Charlotte 49ers -370 +310 Odds
FT Boston Uni. Terries 54 - 69 Miami Hurricanes Odds
FT Florida Atlantic 92 - 88 Florida Gulf Coast Odds
FT UNC-Asheville 72 - 83 Furman Paladins
FT MPI 55 - 75 Maine Black Bears Odds
FT UAB Blazers 90 - 78 Troy Trojans +105 -125 Odds
FT Colorado State Rams 66 - 92 Arkansas Razorbacks Odds
FT Samford Bulldogs 64 - 65 Memphis Tigers +405 -500 Odds
FT South Dakota State 85 - 95 Wichita State Odds
FT North Dakota 68 - 111 Creighton Bluejays Odds
FT TLB 63 - 91 Incarnate Word
FT SCS 49 - 86 Kansas State
AOT Nevada Wolf Pack 76 - 82 Texas Tech +210 -250 Odds
FT St. Thomas (TX) 46 - 60 Lamar Cardinals
FT UT Martin 92 - 78 Arkansas State +210 -250 Odds
FT Syracuse Orange 72 - 63 Connecticut Huskies -238 +200 Odds
FT Miami Redhawks 51 - 70 Missouri Tigers Odds
FT St. Francis (Pa.) 67 - 124 Duke Blue Devils Odds
FT Minnesota 68 - 78 Nebraska -455 +390 Odds
FT Texas A&M Aggies 64 - 67 Arizona Wildcats -128 +108 Odds
FT SMM 83 - 94 TCU Horned Frogs +165 -189 Odds
FT San Jose State 56 - 58 Denver Pioneers +355 -417 Odds
FT Utah Utes 69 - 81 Butler Bulldogs +285 -345 Odds
FT Eastern Kentucky 62 - 74 Oregon State Odds
FT CAL 59 - 70 Pepperdine Waves +220 -256 Odds
FT Oral Roberts 66 - 92 UNLV Rebels Odds
FT CSB 55 - 70 Fresno State Odds
FT Nebraska Omaha 70 - 77 Santa Barbara +470 -588 Odds
FT St. John's 68 - 60 Grand Canyon Odds
Wednesday 06 December
FT Fairfield Stags 66 - 88 Houston Cougars +1000 -1667 Odds
FT Southern Jaguars 76 - 95 Tulane Green Wave Odds
FT Radford Highlanders 68 - 95 Virginia Tech Odds
FT Wyoming Cowboys 64 - 80 South Carolina +375 -455 Odds
FT Tennessee Tech 66 - 79 Dayton Flyers +335 -400 Odds
FT William & Mary 77 - 70 George Mason +230 -278 Odds
FT Richmond Spiders 60 - 79 Old Dominion +495 -625 Odds
FT Holy Cross 50 - 64 Massachusetts Odds
FT Western Carolina 61 - 104 N.C. Tar Heels Odds
FT Siena Saints 60 - 86 Louisville Odds
FT Wisconsin Badgers 55 - 59 Temple Owls +170 -196 Odds
FT Georgia Tech 60 - 63 Wofford Terriers -154 +135 Odds
AOT Brown Bears 72 - 77 Providence Friars Odds
FT Kent State 70 - 96 Xavier Musketeers Odds
FT Northern Kentucky 71 - 84 E. Tennessee State -120 +100 Odds
FT Loyola-Maryland 71 - 96 Florida State Odds
FT Princeton Tigers 60 - 71 George Washington +160 -179 Odds
FT IPFW Mastodons 79 - 83 Akron Zips -130 +110 Odds
FT Houston Baptist 74 - 76 St. Peter's Odds
FT Hofstra Pride 85 - 84 Monmouth Hawks +165 -189 Odds
FT St. Bonaventure 73 - 65 Canisius -400 +330 Odds
FT Harvard Crimson 47 - 45 Fordham Rams -120 +100 Odds
FT Navy Midshipmen 70 - 53 Coppin State Eagles
AOT Morgan State Bears 78 - 82 Towson Tigers
FT Bryant Bulldogs 68 - 84 Albany Great Danes Odds
FT Army Black Knights 66 - 71 Binghamton Bearcats Odds
FT Oakland 89 - 95 Eastern Michigan -130 +110 Odds
FT Toledo Rockets 89 - 86 Detroit Titans -238 +200 Odds
FT Buffalo Bulls 75 - 72 Delaware -179 +160 Odds
FT Cleveland State 67 - 78 Western Michigan +775 -1111 Odds
FT Coastal Carolina 85 - 81 Hampton Pirates
FT Rider Broncs 75 - 78 Robert Morris
FT SIU-Edwardsville 82 - 81 IUPUI Jaguars +275 -333 Odds
FT Yale Bulldogs 86 - 77 Lehigh Odds
FT UMKC Kangaroos 87 - 91 SMS Odds
FT Colgate Raiders 76 - 78 Marist Red Foxes
FT UMBC Retrievers 81 - 60 Delaware State
FT Stephen F. Austin 85 - 83 Louisiana Tech
FT Gardner-Webb 55 - 80 Auburn Tigers Odds
FT Rhode Island Rams 64 - 68 Alabama +155 -175 Odds
FT Middle Tennessee 66 - 63 Vanderbilt +135 -154 Odds
FT TCI 78 - 82 TPA
FT Stetson Hatters 59 - 73 Duquesne Dukes Odds
FT Southern Illinois 69 - 74 St. Louis Billikens +130 -149 Odds
FT Loyola-Chicago 65 - 59 Florida Gators Odds
FT Austin Peay 57 - 64 Illinois Odds
FT Drake Bulldogs 65 - 93 South Dakota +410 -500 Odds
AOT Indiana State 76 - 79 North Texas -169 +150 Odds
FT Loyola (LA) 56 - 98 UL Lafayette
FT McMurry Indians 50 - 100 TSM
FT Eastern Illinois 57 - 59 Green Bay -213 +185 Odds
FT Pennsylvania 73 - 68 Lefayette Leopards
FT Wisconsin Parkside. 48 - 76 Illinois-Chicago Odds
FT American Eagles 56 - 69 Western Illinois
FT SDC 70 - 79 Northern Arizona Odds
FT Long Beach State 89 - 94 Southern Utah -132 +112 Odds
FT Illinois State 68 - 80 Brigham Young +505 -625 Odds
FT San Diego Torreros 65 - 60 New Mexico State Odds
FT Northridge Matadors 66 - 74 Idaho State Bengals +120 -141 Odds
FT UC Irvine 59 - 62 Utah State Aggies +290 -345 Odds
FT Weber State 56 - 83 Utah Valley Odds
FT Washington Huskies 74 - 65 Kansas Jayhawks Odds
FT New Mexico Lobos 57 - 75 Colorado Buffaloes +270 -323 Odds
FT CBD 57 - 85 DePaul Blue Demons Odds
FT Abilene Christian 62 - 58 Air Force Falcons Odds
FT Cal State Fullerton 76 - 66 Portland Pilots -120 +100 Odds
FT Central Arkansas 96 - 69 California Odds
FT Washington State 64 - 91 Idaho Vandals +145 -164 Odds
FT Portland State 94 - 85 Loyola Marymount +130 -149 Odds
FT Pacific Tigers 67 - 71 UC Davis +155 -175 Odds
FT Antelope Valley Pi. 74 - 97 Sacramento State
FT Prairie View A&M 60 - 72 Hawaii Warriors Odds
Thursday 07 December
FT BCT 65 - 93 SCS
FT Valparaiso 50 - 80 Purdue Boilermakers Odds
FT Stony Brook 76 - 66 Columbia Lions Odds
FT Ohio Bobcats 62 - 87 Maryland Terrapins Odds
FT Quinnipiac Bobcats 75 - 77 Hartford Hawks Odds
FT Drexel Dragons 72 - 70 La Salle Explorers +600 -833 Odds
FT Elon Phoenix 44 - 75 NC-Greensboro +200 -238 Odds
FT New Jersey Tech 64 - 73 Rutgers Odds
FT Iowa Hawkeyes 78 - 84 Iowa State Cyclones +230 -278 Odds
FT Texas-Arlington 58 - 62 Norther Iowa +172 -196 Odds
FT Howard Bison 67 - 81 Georgetown Hoyas Odds
FT Eastern Washington 71 - 81 San Francisco Dons +200 -238 Odds
Friday 08 December
FT Life Pacific 71 - 100 CSB
FT Concordia (NE) Bul. 67 - 103 South Dakota State
Ppd SWW 19:00 Western Carolina
FT Army Black Knights 80 - 109 Wake Forest
FT Dartmouth Big Green 73 - 66 Maine Black Bears Odds
FT Boston Uni. Terries 90 - 87 Bethune-Cookman
FT MSH 49 - 71 Liberty Flames Odds
Ppd Louisiana-Monroe 20:00 Jacksonville State +400 -476 Odds
FT St. John's 70 - 82 Arizona State +192 -222 Odds
FT Hampton Pirates 75 - 88 Missouri State Odds
FT Colorado State Rams 65 - 95 Oregon Ducks Odds
FT Air Force Falcons 48 - 67 CAL -175 +155 Odds
FT Oklahoma Sooners 85 - 83 Southern California -147 +128 Odds
Saturday 09 December
FT Nevada Wolf Pack 80 - 84 TCU Horned Frogs +110 -130 Odds
FT Marquette 82 - 63 Wisconsin Badgers +185 -213 Odds
FT Coastal Carolina 78 - 80 South Carolina Odds
FT Monmouth Hawks 76 - 93 Kentucky Wildcats Odds
FT Duke Blue Devils 84 - 89 Boston College -1429 +975 Odds
AOT UCLA Bruins 69 - 78 Michigan Wolverines +265 -313 Odds
FT William & Mary 62 - 97 Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
FT Youngstown State 67 - 95 Butler Bulldogs Odds
FT Gardner-Webb 60 - 82 Maryland Terrapins
FT Delaware State 48 - 97 Duquesne Dukes Odds
FT CBD 55 - 61 Northern Illinois Odds
FT Bryant Bulldogs 72 - 90 Memphis Tigers Odds
FT Southern Jaguars 60 - 76 UCF Odds
FT Longwood Lancers 70 - 81 VMI Keydets Odds
FT IPFW Mastodons 73 - 81 Miami Redhawks -227 +195 Odds
FT Tennessee Tech 69 - 74 Central Michigan +160 -179 Odds
FT Stetson Hatters 79 - 76 Marist Red Foxes Odds
FT UMKC Kangaroos 69 - 88 N.C. State Wolfpack Odds
FT Coppin State Eagles 59 - 72 Connecticut Huskies Odds
FT Mount St. Mary's 60 - 75 Lehigh Odds
FT Indiana Hoosiers 62 - 71 Louisville +310 -370 Odds
FT Colgate Raiders 58 - 72 Syracuse Orange Odds
FT Canisius 58 - 65 Evansville +150 -169 Odds
FT Valparaiso 70 - 71 Ball State +165 -189 Odds
FT Yale Bulldogs 67 - 75 St. Bonaventure +510 -667 Odds
FT Central Pennsylvan. 54 - 88 Buffalo Bulls Odds
FT CEN 65 - 80 Eastern Michigan
FT Western Michigan 87 - 79 Detroit Titans -238 +200 Odds
FT UMBC Retrievers 65 - 78 Towson Tigers
FT UMass Lowell 75 - 89 Brown Bears
FT Montana Grizzlies 68 - 71 Georgia State +155 -175 Odds
FT Louisiana-Monroe 56 - 75 Jacksonville State +370 -435 Odds
FT Lipscomb Bison 71 - 81 Tennessee Odds
FT Nebraska 65 - 75 Creighton Bluejays +625 -833 Odds
FT St. Joseph´s Hawks 78 - 81 Temple Owls +475 -588 Odds
FT North Carolina A&T 74 - 83 Georgetown Hoyas Odds
FT Samford Bulldogs 59 - 81 Clemson Tigers Odds
FT Providence Friars 63 - 72 Massachusetts -179 +160 Odds
FT VCU 67 - 90 Seton Hall Pirates +710 -1000 Odds
FT St. Francis (N.Y.) 68 - 76 Fordham Rams Odds
FT Rice Owls 62 - 81 Stephen F. Austin Odds
FT SCS 69 - 84 Denver Pioneers Odds
FT Pennsylvania 78 - 70 Dayton Flyers +230 -270 Odds
FT Florida Gulf Coast 85 - 78 Texas-Arlington Odds
FT Chicago State 50 - 82 Oakland Odds
FT Kent State 54 - 63 Wright State +160 -179 Odds
FT New Hampshire 58 - 62 Holy Cross Odds
FT Lefayette Leopards 50 - 62 Sacred Heart
FT NCC 65 - 77 George Mason
FT George Washington 54 - 74 Penn State +675 -909 Odds
FT Wichita State 78 - 66 Oklahoma State -238 +200 Odds
FT DePaul Blue Demons 65 - 55 Illinois-Chicago -204 +175 Odds
FT SCS 72 - 101 Furman Paladins Odds
FT Florida A&M 64 - 82 Mercer Bears Odds
FT Murray State Racers 78 - 72 Illinois State +110 -130 Odds
FT Binghamton Bearcats 77 - 64 Loyola-Maryland Odds
FT Santa Barbara 91 - 69 Montana State +100 -120 Odds
FT Vermont Catamounts 67 - 71 Northeastern
FT Sacramento State 54 - 77 Boise State Broncos Odds
FT ERS 49 - 76 Radford Highlanders
FT IND 75 - 79 Indiana State
FT Norfolk State 52 - 80 Loyola-Chicago Odds
FT Iona Gaels 74 - 70 New Jersey Tech Odds
FT Howard Bison 63 - 74 American Eagles Odds
FT Prairie View A&M 53 - 73 Texas A&M Aggies Odds
FT UAB Blazers 80 - 85 Auburn Tigers +340 -417 Odds
FT NGS 62 - 95 Mississippi State Odds
FT Colorado Buffaloes 69 - 96 Xavier Musketeers Odds
FT Northwestern State 88 - 58 LOU
FT SST 91 - 102 Georgia Southern
FT California 63 - 62 San Diego State Odds
FT TSM 68 - 72 Abilene Christian
FT WJW 52 - 86 UC Davis
FT HPY 56 - 112 Lamar Cardinals
FT Mississippi Rebels 58 - 77 Middle Tennessee +205 -244 Odds
FT Florida Gators 66 - 60 Cincinnati Bearcats -102 -118 Odds
FT Southern Utah 63 - 88 Michigan State Odds
FT Nebraska Omaha 74 - 93 Drake Bulldogs +285 -345 Odds
James Madison Dukes 18:00 Richmond Spiders Odds
FT Florida National C. 51 - 89 Jacksonville
FT Pacific Tigers 72 - 86 Wyoming Cowboys +285 -345 Odds
FT McNeese State 47 - 85 North Texas
FT Minnesota 79 - 95 Arkansas Razorbacks +185 -213 Odds
FT Bowling Green 46 - 88 Old Dominion +925 -1429 Odds
FT Appalachian State 89 - 94 Akron Zips +105 -125 Odds
FT Notre Dame 92 - 68 Delaware -1250 +825 Odds
FT Fairleigh Dickinson 54 - 92 Rutgers Odds
FT JOH 45 - 104 Wofford Terriers
FT Hillsdale Free Wil. 82 - 105 Baylor Bears Odds
FT Marshall 93 - 87 Toledo Rockets +190 -217 Odds
FT Morgan State Bears 66 - 80 Manhattan Jaspers Odds
FT Jackson State 62 - 91 Louisiana Tech
FT Hofstra Pride 88 - 82 Rider Broncs +160 -179 Odds
FT Albany Great Danes 74 - 69 Siena Saints Odds
FT Utah State Aggies 67 - 77 Utah Utes +200 -238 Odds
FT Houston Cougars 77 - 58 St. Louis Billikens -370 +310 Odds
FT Wisconsin-Milwaukee 69 - 90 Western Illinois -189 +165 Odds
FT Seattle Redhawks 73 - 97 St. Mary´s Gaels Odds
FT Houston Baptist 71 - 87 Texas-San Antonio Odds
FT Tulsa 61 - 54 Kansas State +385 -455 Odds
FT West Virginia 69 - 60 Pittsburgh Panthers -1429 +975 Odds
FT Little Rock 54 - 69 Central Arkansas
FT North Dakota State 88 - 79 North Dakota Odds
FT SMS 75 - 69 Southern Illinois +405 -476 Odds
FT UC Irvine 59 - 73 TPA
FT HSR 76 - 90 Arkansas State
FT Washington State 69 - 76 Texas-El Paso -127 +107 Odds
FT Green Bay 77 - 100 Missouri Tigers Odds
FT Grambling Tigers 53 - 87 Grand Canyon Odds
FT New Mexico State 65 - 62 New Mexico Lobos Odds
FT NNC 57 - 73 Idaho State Bengals
FT Utah Valley 83 - 91 Cal State Fullerton Odds
FT Brigham Young 74 - 68 Weber State -667 +500 Odds
FT Loyola Marymount 74 - 57 Northridge Matadors -208 +180 Odds
FT Long Beach State 78 - 71 Pepperdine Waves +100 -120 Odds
FT San Jose State 55 - 64 Portland Pilots +175 -204 Odds
FT Northern Arizona 51 - 79 San Diego Torreros Odds
FT Portland State 87 - 84 Santa Clara Broncos +120 -141 Odds
FT Alabama 82 - 88 Arizona Wildcats +360 -435 Odds
FT Arkansas-Pine Bluff 58 - 85 Oregon State Odds
FT Idaho Vandals 55 - 66 CSB Odds
FT Fresno State 83 - 63 Cal Poly Mustangs -417 +340 Odds
FT Hawaii-Hilo 64 - 82 Hawaii Warriors
FT Illinois 82 - 89 UNLV Rebels +185 -213 Odds
Sunday 10 December
FT Tulane Green Wave 53 - 72 Florida State +850 -1250 Odds
FT WIW 46 - 106 Florida Atlantic
FT Navy Midshipmen 73 - 68 Columbia Lions Odds
FT La Salle Explorers 68 - 77 Villanova Wildcats Odds
FT Charlotte 49ers 50 - 64 Chattanooga Mocs +140 -161 Odds
FT Arizona State 95 - 85 Kansas Jayhawks +615 -833 Odds
FT Hiwassee College 48 - 94 E. Tennessee State Odds
FT Eastern Washington 73 - 75 South Dakota +500 -667 Odds
FT Western Kentucky 84 - 89 Ohio Bobcats -145 +125 Odds
FT Drexel Dragons 60 - 74 Robert Morris
AOT St. Francis (Pa.) 93 - 87 Niagara
FT MAI 51 - 104 Maine Black Bears Odds
FT Toccoa Falls Eagles 39 - 110 High Point Panthers
FT NGC 60 - 92 Charleston Cougars
FT James Madison Dukes 71 - 74 Richmond Spiders +150 -169 Odds
FT MSH 40 - 93 Virginia Tech Odds
FT Troy Trojans 71 - 89 Southern Miss -161 +140 Odds
FT South Alabama 75 - 76 SIU-Edwardsville +115 -135 Odds
FT Cincinnati Clermon. 92 - 127 UT Martin
FT Fairfield Stags 76 - 72 LIU-Brooklyn Odds
FT Milligan Buffaloes 60 - 97 UNC-Asheville
FT Missouri State 66 - 73 Oral Roberts -1000 +700 Odds
FT Mercy Flyers 41 - 75 Wagner Seahawks
FT Southern Jaguars 60 - 91 Iowa Hawkeyes Odds
FT UNC-Wilmington 84 - 97 LSU Tigers +700 -1000 Odds
FT Dubuque Spartans 47 - 80 Norther Iowa
FT Alcorn State Braves 58 - 78 Iowa State Cyclones Odds
FT Eastern Kentucky 63 - 91 Northern Kentucky Odds
FT IUPUI Jaguars 61 - 86 Purdue Boilermakers Odds
FT PSA 53 - 104 Northern Colorado
FT Gonzaga Bulldogs 97 - 70 Washington Huskies -556 +445 Odds

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.