NCAA Basketball Betting Guide


Learning how to gamble on college basketball can be both exciting and intimidating for novices, with hundreds of teams to choose from.

NCAA Basketball Betting Lines

Betting on college basketball can be done in a variety of ways. The Moneyline, point spread, and Over/Under totals are the most popular NCAA betting odds options.

The Moneylines

In college basketball, the money line is a fundamental betting market that allows bettors to predict which team will win the game outright.

Moneyline odds are calculated based on each team’s implied likelihood of winning. Basketball teams in the NCAA are not always balanced, and some institutions will be better than others. These chances of winning will be reflected in the Moneyline odds.

Moneyline odds are frequently displayed in hundreds at sportsbooks (American odds). In American odds, one team is classified as the favorite (represented by a negative value), and the other is designated as the underdog (shown by a positive value).

The Point Spread

Point spreads are popular among college basketball gamblers because they equalize the skill gap between the two teams, which can be pretty large in the NCAA. Oddsmakers evaluate both teams in a clash, considering their strengths, weaknesses, and other considerations such as injuries to determine the game's point spread.

Spread of points favorites are given negative values, and they must win by a margin more significant than the spread for the bet to win. Underdogs have positive spread values and can win outright or lose by a smaller margin than the spread for the bets to win.

Over/Under Points

Basketball gamblers like to wager on game totals, often known as Over/Under. Sportsbooks evaluate college basketball matches, considering both offense and defense, and assign a total for the game that represents the total points for both teams. Then, bettors decide whether the outcome will be Over or Under that total.

NCAA basketball Parlays

Parlays are a betting strategy in which gamblers combine two or more bets for a better chance at a greater payout. The more wagers gamblers put to parlays, the higher the potential payoff and the greater the risk because the entire parlay must win for it to cash out. A "leg" is a bet that is added to a parlay. Depending on the sportsbook, a basketball parlay might include anything from two to twelve games.

Futures Bets

March Madness is one of the most popular sports betting events. Betting on who will win the National Championship is one of the popular bets in NCAA basketball. Many bettors have placed wagers on who they believe will win the tournament long before it begins. This is one example of the futures bet; here, bettors wager on events in the near and distant future.

Quick Tips on Betting on NCAA Basketball

Research available game matchups.

Sign up for a sportsbook in your area by logging in or creating an account.

Use NCAA on a sportsbook to find the odds.

Place your wager.

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