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NCAAB College Basketball Betting

Overview

Division I NCAA College Basketball showcases the top collegiate talent and is a stepping stone for those who want to advance to the NBA.
There are 350 Division I Teams located across the United States spread across 32 conferences. With a 33-game season, that gives us over 11,000 games to wager on in the run of a regular season – and that doesn’t count the March Madness playoff tournament.

The 2021-2022 regular season runs from November 9th, 2021 to March 6th, 2022, and then the top 64 teams will face off in an elimination-style tournament starting on March 17th and concluding on April 4th, 2022.

We know that it’s nearly impossible to bet on every single college basketball game, but we have some recommendations for those who want to get in on the action and create a winning NCAAB betting strategy.
Each game will have the usual moneyline, point spreads, and totals, but at BetUS Sportsbook, we offer plenty of in-game betting props and some unique wagers you can place throughout the game.

You can imagine the amount of NCAAB odds and lines you might find on the sportsbook, which makes things overwhelming for new bettors or those who aren’t entirely familiar with college basketball betting.

However, we pride ourselves on trying our best to educate you on college basketball betting, and we want to help you learn! We have a comprehensive College Basketball Betting 101 guide that can show you the basic betting types.

We also have a few tips to help you create a winning NCAAB betting strategy.

If you are looking at betting on a larger conference with upwards of ten teams, it can prove to be helpful to bet against the public.

Conferences like ACC, Big East, Pac-12, and others, you might see large spreads or riskier odds. When you see that there is a huge consensus on one side, bet the other to even out the juice.

  • Bet the first half. Teams come out of the gate pretty quick, as they are younger and have more drive and there are more opportunities for strong offense in the NCAAB. Usually, teams will score the most amount of points in the first quarter than others, so it can be valuable to bet the first half totals. This also saves you from the stress at the end of the game – wishing for more points to hit the over or hoping that there are no more points scored in the fourth quarter to hit the under.
  • Home court advantage usually is a huge factor in any sport – but when it comes to college basketball odds, you can bet that the stadium will be packed to the rafters and the energy is high – for the home team. When you have that outpouring support, you play harder, and even an underdog may hit a point spread or unlikely outcome with the help of their fans.
  • Pick a few teams to follow for the season. You can’t bet on every team, and you probably don’t have time to research every single team every week – so pick 5-10 teams and follow their news, stats, injury reports, coaches – all of it. You will find knowing a decent amount about a few teams will help you make better college basketball betting decisions in the long run.
  • Last but not least, do your research. There are over 350 teams in Division I college basketball and there can be 30 games in a single night in some cases. You can’t be betting blind – you really need to follow some college basketball beat writers or keep up with the team statistics.

Betting on NCAA college basketball is a great way to take advantage of a huge slate of games. You can create parlays as there are always multiple NCAAB games each day, and you can capitalize on the opportunities the college basketball odds present.
There are always huge favorites and underdogs, but there is no better opportunity for a Cinderella team to come out of the woodwork and shock everyone.

Past 10 Division I NCAAB Champions

2021 – Baylor
2020 – No NCAA Championship due to COVID-19
2019 – Virginia
2018 – Villanova
2017 – North Carolina
2016 – Villanova
2015 – Duke
2014 – Connecticut
2013 – Louisville
2012 – Kentucky
2011 – Connecticut

How to Bet on NCAAB

College Basketball provides a great opportunity through the autumn and winter months for sports bettors to bet on a huge number of games in a short period of time.
There are over 30 NCAAB conferences with 350 Division I NCAA basketball teams, and each team has about 33 games per season.
That works out to over 11,000 NCAA College basketball games to bet on – upwards of 30 games per day in some cases.
It can be stressful and confusing to try to figure out which games you should bet on, so we recommend first learning how to bet on the NCAAB, then we can look at strategies, or maybe you can pick a few teams to follow and wager on throughout the season.

How to Bet on College Basketball Odds

Let’s look at popular betting types and how the college basketball odds might be displayed. This is a great way to determine which betting options are best for you and your NCAAB betting strategy.

College Basketball Moneyline Odds

All you have to do when placing a college basketball moneyline wager is choose the winner of the game. It’s that simple! You will look at the NCAAB odds, and find a game that interests you, and when you see a team you think will win the game outright, you can place a wager on them.
But first, let’s look at an example and how to read the odds quickly to determine if the bet is worth placing.

You can win more money betting on an underdog, but you don’t want to limit your betting strategy to only betting underdogs. Teams are favored for a reason, as they are more likely to win the game.

A quick way to identify the favored team will be to look at the college basketball odds – favored teams will have a negative number (-120) for odds. The underdog team will have a positive number (+300) and the higher the number, the more unlikely the team is to win.

Let’s say you have Baylor vs Gonzaga:
Baylor -145
Gonzaga +150
In this situation, we can identify Baylor as the favored team and Gonzaga as the underdog. These odds show us that it’s expected to be a tight game, as the odds numbers are quite low. Odds on either side with a high number reflect a bigger favorite or a bigger underdog.
If you want to bet on Baylor, you will have to wager $145 to win $100. If you want to bet on Gonzaga, you would win $150 on a $100 wager. You can bet any amount, it’s just a quick way to identify how much you would win by betting $100 on American odds.
There are other odds formats like Decimal and Fractional if those are easier to understand.

College Basketball Point Spreads

When it comes to betting on point spreads in college basketball, it can be a little more complex, but still, a great NCAAB betting option, especially when you feel like there isn’t a moneyline outright winner in the game.
The point spread gives the underdog team an advantage, using a point spread as an imaginary head start. The negative number still will represent the favored team, and that team will need to win by that amount.
The positive number will represent the underdog team, and there are two options when betting on an underdog: they either have to win, or they can lose by less than the point spread.
If we use the same teams as above:
Baylor -8.5
Gonzaga +8.5
This means that Baylor is favored and will need to win the game by more than 9 points for your wager on them to cash. Gonzaga is the underdog, and they can either win the game or lose by less than 8 points.

College Basketball Totals

Totals betting in college basketball is an easy way to place wagers on a game when you don’t know exactly which team will win.
You might have an idea how many points a team gets roughly in a game, so you could bet the totals, which allows you to bet on the total number of points both NCAAB teams will score during the game.
If you have Baylor and Gonzaga playing and the total is set at 150, you would have to decide if you think the total number of points scored by both teams will be higher or lower than 150. If the score is 90-78 (168) the over will cash, and if the score is 84-61 (141) the under would cash.

College Basketball Prop Betting

There are some great props available on any given NCAAB game, from team props to player props – and you can find even more NCAAB prop odds during March Madness.
Prop bets are either rare occurrences that will happen during a game or betting on something a particular player or team as a whole might do.

You can bet an over/under style of bet on how many points a player might get, or how many points a team might score in the first quarter, or any quarter for that matter.

There will be a vast selection of props on the NCAAB odds board, and you simply have to decide which options are a good fit for your betting strategy.

College Basketball Futures Betting

Futures are events or outcomes that will occur in the future that you can wager on a year, months, weeks or days in advance. You can bet on which team you believe will win March Madness almost as soon as the previous year’s tournament wraps up.

Usually mid-season it’s a great idea to review your top teams and make a selection once you know the teams that will likely be top contenders heading into the tournament.

Now that you have an idea how to bet on college basketball, the next step is to sign up over on the sportsbook.

You can create your BetUS sportsbook account for free, make a deposit and take advantage of our great welcome bonuses, and start betting right away!

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College Basketball Faqs

Yes, as long as collegiate betting is available in your state (some have bans on betting on college sports) you can bet on NCAA Basketball odds. There are plenty of NCAAB games in a regular season for you to bet on with 350 Division I teams.
You can find Vegas odds for NCAA basketball right here on BetUS Sportsbook. We have a comprehensive list of odds for each and every game, from moneyline wagers, to point spreads, totals, and special proposition bets that you can wager on.
NCAAB odds are easy to understand and read – we recommend heading over to our How to Bet on NCAA Basketball tab to view the betting guide for college basketball. There, we outline the top betting options available for college basketball, as well as examples and show you how to read the odds.
The NCAA Basketball season begins in the fall and runs until late March/early April. March Madness is the pillar event of the season, showcasing the top 64 teams in a bracket-style knockout tournament.
NCAA Basketball is played around the United States, in every province, with 350 Division I teams. There are over 11,000 games played in the league per year, in countless different venues and cities.
Yes, betting on NCAAB odds is legal, as long as college basketball betting is legal in your state. You can easily bet on NCAAB odds online at BetUS Sportsbook from your computer or smartphone, making these NCAA basketball odds accessible wherever you are.
You can bet on NCAAB odds from your smartphone, laptop or tablet from the comfort of your own home on the BetUS online sportsbook. You can access the mobile site easily on your browser on any device and place your wagers, make deposits and collect bonuses and promotions on the go.
BetUS offers a great selection of games to bet on, as well as plenty of in-game prop bets and specials you can take advantage of for any of Division I games during the regular season, as well as countless March Madness prop bets on top of the regular betting menu.
For an in-depth guide that will teach you how to bet on NCAAB odds, we recommend visiting our NCAAB betting guide tab, where you can find plenty of examples and betting options that would be available for all 11,000+ regular season games.
While the 2022 NCAA College Basketball Championship is a long way away, reigning champions, Gonzaga are favored to win the title again, but we expect the odds will change leading up to the season, so if you feel good about them to win back to back titles, we recommend taking advantage of the odds now.
NCAA basketball odds are simple to understand, but for new bettors, we recommend learning how odds work by first determining which odds format you prefer – American, Decimal or Fractional, then heading to our How to Bet on NCAAB section to learn how to bet on the popular betting types.
Gonzaga and Arizona are currently the top contenders on the NCAAB Futures list to win the National Championship in 2022. However, this can change as the season draws near based on new recruits, graduating players, and how the team moves forward. The big picture doesn’t show us, potential contenders, until the season begins.
We recommend honing in on a conference or pick a few teams to follow. There are 350 NCAAB teams and it would be difficult and risky to bet on every single game each week. Follow a few teams, learn more about them and their stats, and you can make better NCAAB betting decisions.
College Basketball provides a great opportunity to create some huge parlays. There are so many games being played, and on weekends, there can be upwards of 30 games in a single day. This means you can pile parlays together that could pay out huge winnings and grow your sports betting wallet for the long run.
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