NCAA Tournament Betting – Here’s Your March Madness Basics

The official bracket is set and NCAA tournament betting is here!  Before the first action tips off on Tuesday, March 15, has the low-down on all the March Madness betting know-how and interesting tidbits.

This year’s bracket is composed of 68 teams, due to the addition of three at-large teams that will play along with the one original at-large team in a set of games called the “First Four” this Tuesday and Wednesday.  These teams include UAB vs. Clemson, and Southern Cal vs. Virginia Commonwealth.

But the top teams aiming for Houston at the beginning of April are the top seeds.  The overall Number 1 pick and leader of the East side of the bracket are the Ohio State Buckeyes while the Pittsburgh Panthers lead the Southeast bracket.  The Kansas Jayhawks took the top seed in the Southwest region and the Duke Blue Devils reign over the West. Ohio State, Duke and Kansas all won their respective conferences to secure their first-place seed in the tournament, while Pittsburgh nevertheless claimed a top seed even after falling to UConn in the Big East conference championship.

Take note of possible betting upsets while placing your NCAA odds.  First, in the opening round, expect Clemson to handle UAB, as UAB was a bubble team that many experts did not expect to qualify for the tournament this season. 

Second, the Texas Longhorns are picked by many to face Duke in the Elite Eight.  However, Texas faces Oakland in the first round, a team with a player with professional capabilities that the Longhorns cannot overlook. 

The George Mason vs Villanova game, a matching of number eight and nine seeds, will be a thrilling game to head up the first round of the East region.

Several teams were left out of the tournament bracket entirely this season, and this snubbing highly affected Colorado, a team that defeated top Big 12 teams throughout the season.  Also Virginia Tech was cut out again, missing the tournament by a hair for the fourth straight year.

The Big East conference, arguably the best in college basketball, placed 11 teams in the tournament, while the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference had 5 each and the Big Ten got 10 spots. Seven teams qualified from the mid-majors, the unknown and underdog teams.

Get your NCAA basketball tournament betting odds today before the Madness begins tomorrow!