March featured two weeks of mad college basketball, bracket craziness, and the usually expected drama. The tournament started with 68 teams competing for the national title to the Final Four. This year, four blue-blood teams: Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, and Duke got to the penultimate round of the NCAA tournament at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
Blue-Bloods’ Routes to the Final Four
Kansas’s road to the Final Four started by defeating No. 16 Texas Southern, 83-56 in the first round. The Jayhawks then beat No. 9 Creighton, 79-72, securing a spot in the Sweet 16. Kansas beat No. 4 Providence there, 66-61 sending it to the Elite Eight. The Jayhawks crushed No. 10 Miami, 76-50 crowning them Midwest Region champs.
Second-seeded Villanova’s March Madness run of victories included wins over No.15 seed Delaware Fighting’ Blue Hens 80-60, No.7 Ohio State Buckeyes 71-61, No. 11 Michigan Wolverines 63-55, and No. 5 Houston Cougars 50-44.
The University of North Carolina reached the Final Four for the first time since 2017. No.8 UNC defeated No. 9 Marquette in the first round, then stunned No. 1 seed Baylor 93-86. In the Sweet 16, UNC ousted No. 3 seed UCLA, 73-66. The Tar Heels got to the Elite Eight to meet America’s favorite underdog Saint Peter’s in the East Regional final in Philadelphia, defeating the Peacocks 69-49 and putting to an end the 2021-22 Cinderella story.
The West Region No 2. seed Duke Blue Devils advance to the Final Four in what was Coach K’s last dance. In the first round, Duke defeated No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 78-61. In the second round, the Blue Devils beat No.7 Michigan State 85-76. They got to the Sweet 16 and accrued another victory by outlasting Texas Tech 78-73. In the Elite Eight, Duke toppled No. 4 Arkansas, 78-69.
No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Duke
The Tar Heels outlasted the Blue Devils 81-77 in an NCAA tournament semifinal game.
The Tar Heels’ backcourt, Caleb Love and R.J. Davis, combined 34 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. In addition, Armando Bacot scored 11 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.
Duke’s defense wasn’t up to the challenge, but there were decent performances. Paolo Banchero posted a double-double: 20 points and 10 rebounds. This loss sent Duke home as the final game in Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career.
The Tar Heels advanced to the final game to meet the Kansas Jayhawks.
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 2 Villanova
The Kansas Jayhawks beat the Villanova Wildcats, 81-65, in the other semifinal. Their superb offense led them to play for their 10th national championship in KU history.
Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack combined for 25 points including 4-of-4 3-pointers in the first half. In addition, Jalen Wilson contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds.
‘Nova did not have the resources to keep up with the Jayhawks’ offense, guard Justin Moore was lost for this game when he suffered an Achilles injury at the end of the Wildcats’ previous win..
Kansas moved to the NCAA final game versus the Tar Heels, it will be remembered as a historic matchup.
The Final Game: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 North Carolina
The best teams in college basketball met in the final game. The Kansas Jayhawks earned the title with a 79-69 victory. The Jayhawks won their fourth national championship overall and second under Bill Self.
In the first half, Kansas faced a 15-point deficit, the most significant deficit a team had to overcome in winning the title game. The Tar Heels dominated the paint, Bacot battled through a sprained ankle. Bacot had a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
RJ Davis, Caleb Love, and Brady Manek combined for 41 points. Even though the first 20 minutes were bright for the Tar Heels, Kansas came back with a powerful response in the second half.
In the second half, KU players took the lead. Jalen Wilson and Remy Martin scored 11 points each, David McCormack contributed 9 points, and Christian Braun added 10 points.
With 1:21 left in the game, McCormack hit the shot that gave KU the lead, With 22 seconds remaining, he scored two more points, putting the Jayhawks up by three points and crowning them college basketball champions.
How Does NCAAB March Madness Work?
March Madness is college basketball’s biggest event. The tournament is played every March for three weeks with the Final Four sometimes trickling into April. The NCAA I Division men’s basketball tournament is a single-elimination tournament with 68 teams competing for the national college basketball championship.
There are two types of participants or ways a team can earn a bid to the NCAAB tournament:
Automatic Qualifiers or 32 Division I Conferences.
These teams receive an automatic bid to participate in the tournament. The Selection Committee awards the schools that win the postseason conference tournament a bid.
On Selection Sunday, the Selection Committee decides what 36 teams have the pedigree to earn an invitation.
Once the 68-team field is finished, each school is assigned a seed, which is a 1-68 rank system of the best college basketball teams in the nation. Then, the teams are distributed into four regions: West, South, Midwest, and East.
As the tournament advances, the teams in each region will meet each other through single-elimination contests until they make it to the final NCAA tournament game.
NCAAB First Four
In the NCAA tournament opening round, four of those 68 teams are eliminated. They are known as the First Four.
The remaining 64 teams are allocated into four regions and grouped into teams of 16. They are ranked from 1-16. The first-round matchups will be played by the top team (No. 1) in the region against the bottom one (No. 16), then No. 2 vs. No. 15, and so on.
NCAAB Sweet 16
In the regional semifinal round or third round of the NCAA tournament, 16 teams remain; they are known as the Sweet 16. The winners of the Sweet 16 will continue to Elite Eight matchups.
NCAAB Elite Eight
In the regional finals, eight teams remain. The winners of this round will make it to the Final Four.
NCAAB Final Four
The Final Four are the best teams in each region and play in the penultimate round of the NCAA tournament. The winners of these “national semifinal” games meet in the title game.
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NCAA March Madness is filled with non-stop basketball action. Likewise, there are countless markets to bet on March Madness. In fact, you can start March Madness betting anytime as March Madness predictions and odds are available on the online sportsbook.
Like college basketball pick, each type of betting market is different and requires a different approach. You can try your hand and bet everything, but we recommend honing in on March Madness odds one at a time. Like basketball, you can’t learn all the intricacies of the game at once. You have to learn how to dribble first, then shoot, and all the way to the complex offensive and defensive schemes.
We’ll explore all the way you can bet on March Madness including the money line, point spread, and totals (over/under).
You can find all the different March Madness odds including the NCAA title odds under the “Basketball” section of the sportsbook located on the left-hand panel of the home page. Select this category and a drop-down will reveal “NCAAB”, “NCAAB Props”, and other related categories with NCAA March Madness odds.
Learn the basics of March Madness betting by understanding how to read the different betting lines available. It starts with understanding the concept behind how March Madness odds operate.
NCAA March Madness odds, like most sports betting odds, are a translation of implied probability. This means you are betting on the probability of an event happening. The more likely something is to happen, the less the return on your wager. Conversely, the less likely something is to happen, the more you win on a wager.
Underdogs have implied probabilities of less than 50%, meaning they are more likely to lose than to win. But NCAA March Madness betting is so popular because these unlikely teams win and yield lucrative returns on the betting lines.
March Madness odds display as one of three popular formats: Moneyline, Decimal, and Fractional. BetUS Sportsbook employs Moneyline or American odds. These odds will be displayed for all the bets and March Madness picks you select.
Moneyline odds, also known as “American odds”, are displayed with a minus or plus symbol before every number e.g. -150 and +135. These both indicate the favorite (-150) and underdog (+135).
Also known as “European odds” or “Continental odds”, decimal odds reflect how much is won when wagering $1 as a total payout. This means your wager is included in the payout. You simply multiply your wager with the decimal.
You can calculate your potential winnings by using this formula:
Favorites are usually under 1.90 while underdogs are 2.00 and higher.
Fractional odds or “British odds” or “Traditional odds” are widely used around the globe and are displayed with a “/” between two numbers like 6/1 or 8/1. This means you can win $6 or $8 for every $1 dollar you wager.
You calculate your potential payout with this formula:
You can change the March Madness odds to whichever of the three you prefer. Once you’ve selected “NCAAB” or “March Madness” and displayed the table of odds, you will see “Odds” listed at the upper part of the table. Beside it is a drop down.
Select the odds format of your choice: American, Decimal, or Fractional. Once you’ve made your selection, the page will refresh on its own and reflect the odds in the format of your choice.
You can bet on March Madness through pre-game betting: When you bet on a result of an individual game before the event. You can also bet while the game is happening through live betting.
There are four main markets here: the point spread, the moneyline, the totals, and the team totals. You can find all these odds from the “Basketball” section where “NCAAB” and “March Madness” will be available as an option.
The point spread, also known as an “equalizer” is how sportsbooks make a 50-50 bet between teams. Each team will have a points handicap to them denoting how much is added (+) or subtracted (-) when the final score is tallied.
Odds for both teams here are usually even (-110) unlike the moneyline.
In a game between Syracuse and NC State, Syracuse is -5 and NC State is +5. This means Syracuse’s final score will lose five points while NC State’s will gain five. Syracuse must win by more than five points to cash the wager while NC State cannot lose by more than five.
In the event the final score differential is exactly five points, the bet is a “push” (tie) and the wager will be returned with no wins or losses.
Check the team’s record “against the spread” (ATS) to find out how well they are covering the spread before wagering on them.
The moneyline is the “straight-up” form of betting meaning you simply bet on a team to win. Unlike the point spread, teams you bet on can win by any margin be it one point or thirty. This is the simplest way to bet on March Madness games individually.
But also unlike the point spread, odds here are not even. Favorites will be lined lower than underdogs. In the event both teams are lined at -110, it means both teams are considered even and this is a “pick’em”.
In the game between Syracuse and NC State, you need to wager $225 to win $100 for the favorite Syracuse. But a bet on underdog NC State yields $185 from $100.
Totals are March Madness odds that deal with the total combined score of both teams. After the final score, add the teams’ scores and see if it goes over or under the oddsmaker’s prediction.
In the event the total is exactly what the oddsmaker picks, the bet is a push.
Here, the total for Syracuse and NC State’s game is projected at 147. When the two play, their actual final score was Syracuse 77 and NC State 72. This added to 149 meaning a bet on the “147 -110o” (over) would have cashed.
Team totals are similar to totals for March Madness betting but deals with each team individually. The concept is the same: predict whether the actual final score of a team will be higher (over) or lower (under) the oddsmaker’s number.
Here, the team total for Syracuse is projected at 76 while NC State’s is at 71. Syracuse finished the game scoring 77 meaning the “77 -115o” (over) bet would have won.
March Madness runs from March 18 to April 5 and all 67 games will be available for betting. You can bet each game individually with March Madness betting odds offered from the moneyline to totals to props.
The NCAA tournament’s bracket progresses this way:
Apart from betting each March Madness game individually, you can put these separate bets into one big bet known as a parlay. These types of bets increase your potential winnings in exchange for adding more risk. To cash a parlay all of the bets on your ticket must win. If even just one bet loses, your entire parlay loses.
Say you bet Syracuse at -265, Nevada at -190, and Baylor at -450 all separately to win. You would need to wager $905 to get a return of $300. That is wagering three times more than your net profit.
If you parlay these bets into one bet, the odds will go up to +157. A bet of $905 will net a $1,420.85 return. Or you simply would have needed to bet $191 to get the $300.
Of course, parlays can be difficult to cash. The more bets you put in your parlay, the harder it is to win. But the potential payout will be greater. You can parlay up to 20 different bets on your ticket.
Alternatively, you can parlay different types of bets like moneyline bets or totals. You can also parlay March Madness odds with other sports like football or ice hockey. You cannot, however, parlay props.
March Madness live betting works similarly to March Madness pre-game betting (betting on a game before it happens), but this is in-game betting (How to bet Online on a game while it is happening). You will need to be logged in to your BetUS account to access this page.
On the home page, select “Live” and find “NCAAB”. It will populate all the games currently being played that offer March Madness betting odds.
You will need to be quick when betting these games as the odds can change quickly or be taken off the board (OTB). We recommend using our mobile site although the desktop also works great, whichever is most effective for you.
For March Madness, props and futures are two betting markets that are popular. NCAA March Madness odds will include a props section for some games.
You can find the props in a tab just below the “Total” column.
Open this tab and you will find all the props available for the game.
These are some examples of March Madness props you can find per individual game. Different games will have different sets of props. Some games will have more while some may not even have any.
The props are self-explanatory.
There are plenty of other Basketball Props not listed here. These can include but are not limited to:
Player props are props dedicated to the individual stats of a specific player. These aren’t too common with March Madness or NCAA basketball but are sometimes available.
Here are some examples of these props, all with the totals (over/under) format:
Players must play for the bet to be eligible otherwise it becomes a push.
Another benefit to using props for March Madness is to find alternate spreads for some of the games. An alternative spread or line is like the point spread but at a different number. These can go higher or lower than the original spread and likewise, the odds will go up and down.
If Baylor is a -10.5 favorite to win, you can find an alternative line that reduces the spread to -9.5 or -8.5. This means Baylor will need less than 10 points to cover the spread and cash the bet. However, the odds will go down from -110 (the original odds of the original spread) to -135 or -150.
Conversely, the alternative spread also applies to underdogs. If Connecticut is a +4.5 underdog, an alternative line can put them at +3.5 or +2.5 giving them less leeway to lose. But the payout will also go up from the original -110 to something like +110 or +125 depending.
Futures are another kind of March Madness betting market that goes beyond the outcome of one game. A Futures bet predicts the outcome of a team beyond winning one game such as winning the NCAA title or placing in the Final Four.
You can find all kinds of Futures from NCAA title odds to Final Four odds from the same place you found game odds, from the “Basketball” section of the BetUS sportsbook. There will be separate sections for the March Madness Futures labeled “NCAA Men’s Championship” or “NCAA Final Four”.
Unlike pre-game March Madness odds, Futures are opened early before teams even qualify for the tournament. These could open as early as before the NCAA men’s basketball season even starts.
Keep an eye on the March Madness betting odds here as they are always changing. Some things to keep in mind when considering a bet on a team:
Any or all of these factors affect the change in betting odds for teams. As the odds tend to be high for NCAA title odds, we recommend placing a bet on two or more teams.
The Final Four odds are a bit different and some teams will have low odds noting just how big of favorites they are.
There are many strategies when it comes to betting on March Madness odds. Just like how fans have a different, sometimes totally random, way of making their college basketball picks, you get a chance to bet on the NCAA tournament odds in your own way.
This includes picking the tournament winner outright. You can bet which teams you think will win the NCAA tournament or make the Final Four, respectively.
If you want to get into the games, check out the game lines for March Madness odds. Every game comes complete with the point spread, money line, totals, team totals, and props.
BetUS Sports Betting also gives you a cheat sheet. Select “Matchup” to view critical statistics for each team including their betting records, key stats, and trends.
If you do your research and manage your bets properly, you can win enough March Madness betting odds to net a tidy profit. If you put in enough work, you’ll come out big just like an underdog.
Betting on the NCAA tournament can be a fun thrill ride or a walk through the haunted house. You won’t win all your bets, but you can still get a chance to cash out if you figure out how to place your wagers right.
You can bet on every game and every round in the March Madness tournament. It’s up to you how you approach it. You can look for the best underdogs and bet them or you can parlay the best favorites until you get a lucrative return.
Either way, keep up to date with the NCAA tournament odds and college basketball news, avail of BetUS’s perks, and learn the upset probabilities based on each round.
This is where the bulk of the upsets happen. By March Madness odds, you’ll want to look out for 6-seed vs 11-seed matchups and 5-seeds vs 12-seeds where there is better than a 1-in-3 chance the lower seed wins.
The top 3-seeds tend to get away unscathed here although the 16-seed UMBC Retrievers most recently became the first to eliminate a 1-seed in the round of 64.
Upsets can continue happening in this round though not as frequently as the first round. Low-seeded teams that continue past this stage are “Cinderella” teams.
Some low-seeded teams that have won their Round of 32 games include 2013’s 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast and 13-seed Bradley in 2006. However, the 12-seeds and 11-seeds can continue to go on winning here against 4-seeds and 3-seeds, respectively.
This is the part where March Madness odds begin to stabilize a little in large part due to the big underdogs all being eliminated by this point. Some Cinderella teams can still exist, but their chances of winning start to thin out as the rounds deepen.
Look for the 1-seed vs 4-seed matchup here. 1-seeds have a 70.7 percent chance of beating 4-seeds, meaning three out of every ten matchups, the 4-seed will win.
This is also called the Regional Finals and will decide which two teams from each of the four brackets advance to the Final Four.
At this point, most of the teams left are mostly top-four seeds. You’ll hardly find big March Madness betting odds for underdogs here. As of 2020, only four double-digit seeds have made it past this stage (all 11-seeds).
It’s already considered prestigious to advance to this stage of the tournament. Each winner of their Regional Bracket will face each other for a chance to get to the National Championship.
As of 2020, no double-digit seed has made it past this round.
This is the final game of March Madness and there will most likely be a 1-seed here. As many upsets happen in the NCAA tournament, 1-seeds usually still emerge victorious. As of 2020, they have won 63 percent of the time.
2-seeds are a distant second at 14 percent while 3-seeds win at 11 percent. There have only been four champions who were lower than a 3-seed with 8-seed Villanova being the lowest back in 1985.
Keep all these stats in mind when making your NCAA tournament bets!
The NCAA March Madness is like the Super Bowl of college basketball betting: there is a plethora of prop bets available and for almost every game. Find these prop bets from the BetUS online sportsbook all offered at some of the best odds.
Prop bets are short for “proposition” bets, which are bets you make on whether something will or will not happen as it relates to the team, the players, and the game. It usually does not coincide with the game’s outcome though some props deal with this.
There are many kinds of March Madness prop bets but you can categorize most of them into one of three groups:
Player props: props related to individual players e.g. how many points and rebounds will Luka Garza post?
Team props: props related to the team e.g. what will be the winning margin of North Carolina?
Special props: also known as “exotic props”, these are props that go beyond the game and deal with extracurriculars; sometimes these props have their own category from BetUS e.g. who will win the John Wooden Award?
These prop bets are available throughout the tournament and may differ from game to game. Here are some examples of the most popular prop bets offered by BetUS:
Team – First to Score 20 Points
Player – How Many Points and Rebounds will post?
Player – How Many Points will score?
Team – Last to Score
Team – Winning Margin
Team – Double Result (bet what the result will be per half)
Player – Which Player Will Score More Points?
Game – Highest Scoring Quarter?
Game – Highest Scoring Half?
Team – Team with Highest Scoring Quarter?
Game – Game Total: Odd or Even?
March Madness Prop bets are fun but also quite specific. We advise focusing on a specific category or niche such as a single player. The more specific a prop bet is, the harder it is to win but also the bigger the potential payout as with most online sports betting odds.
BetUS also offers a “cheat sheet” called “Matchups”, which is a tab you can select beside the prop bets. This will reveal the different statistics from both teams including how they perform both on the floor and the betting lines.
You will also find the statistics of the different players and the team’s recent performances. Use this to your advantage to find an “edge” when looking for prop bets. Lastly, keep a close eye on college basketball news and rumors as you could get a lead on “intangibles”, which may affect the game’s outcome outside of stats.
Additionally, BetUS can also offer “Bracket Props”, which are prop bets that are much like betting on the NCAA Championship props. These are more like “Futures”, where you bet on an outright outcome of a tournament result more so than the details of a game.
Here are some popular prop categories regarding the NCAA March Madness brackets with an example of the prop bet:
Final Four Props – will Baylor make the Final Four?
Team-specific Props – will North Carolina make it to the Sweet Sixteen?
Conference Props – how many Round of 64 games will the Big Ten teams win?
Seed Props – how many games will a no. 14 seed win?
Keep checking BetUS to see what prop bets have been placed.
To place March Madness prop bets, select the “Basketball” tab on the left-hand panel of the home page. Select “Props” to reveal all the available prop bets for basketball including March Madness.
Alternatively, you can select “NCAAB” to reveal all the college basketball matchups. The games with prop bets will have “Show Props” just below the “Total” column. Select this to reveal all the available game props.
Some props will also have their own tab and will be labeled by their own category e.g. “John Wooden Award” to bet on which player you think will win the John Wooden Award or “NCAA Mens Championship” to bet on which team will win the NCAA March Madness.
The NCAA March Madness tournament typically starts in the third week of March. The next tournament is scheduled to start on March 16th, 2023.
Per the online sports betting odds from the BetUS sportsbook, Gonzaga and Baylor are the co-favorites to win the title at 3-1 each. The two are ranked no. 1 and no. 2 by the Associated Press and have deep rosters that can score throughout the game.
Next to Gonzaga and Baylor are Villanova and Michigan at 10-1 each then Texas at 12-1. These teams are all capable and either have strong defenses or prolific offenses that can push them to an upset over the top two.
The biggest upset in March Madness history just took place recently in 2018 when the UMBC Retrievers became the first 16-seed to upset a 1-seed in Virginia. According to college basketball betting odds, UMBC’s odds to beat Virginia were as high as 40-1.
The Retrievers were 22-point underdogs and Virginia was ranked as the top team in the country and the favorite to win it all. UMBC not only defeated Virginia, they destroyed them along with everyone’s brackets.
March Madness may be known for its upsets, but no. 1 seeds still win the tournament overwhelmingly. According to the stats, 21 out of the 34 winners were no. 1 seeds since the tournament expanded to its 64-team format. This is a 61.8 percent chance a no. 1 seed will win the tournament as of 2019.
No. 1 seeds have won the NCAA March Madness tournament the most. Since the tournament expanded to 64+ teams in 1985, a no. 1 seed has won March Madness 21 out of 34 times. This means that three out of every five tournaments, a no. 1 seed will emerge victorious.
While UCLA has won the most National Championships overall at 11, Duke has won the most March Madness tournaments with five championships: 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015. Next to Duke is a tie between their archrival North Carolina and Connecticut with four each. North Carolina won in 1993, 2005, 2009, and 2017. Connecticut won in 1999, 2004, 2011, and 2014.
The Baylor Bears won the 2020-21 NCAAB Championship dominating the high-stakes game, which turned out to be relatively low drama, and defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 in the last game.