Just last year, college basketball fans were treated to one of the greatest games in NCAA Tournament history. In the championship game, Villanova and North Carolina battled in a classic. The Tar Heels had just tied the game with an off-balance, double clutch and pump three-pointer. With four second remaining, the Wildcats hit a three of their own to win the national title at the buzzer. Madness! That game is why the NCAA Tournament is perhaps the best thing in all of American sports.
All the craziness associated with tournament has earned it nicknames such as “The Big Dance” and “March Madness.” Fitting monikers when you consider the 68 best teams in the country are selected for the tournament. From there, it’s win or go home. For three weeks, the tournament is filled with cinderella stories and clutch shots, before one team cuts down the nets.
However, it hasn’t always been this crazy. The tournament started in 1939 with an eight-team format. Over the decades, the number of teams slowly grew before its current 68-team version came into fruition in 2011.
No team has won more NCAA Championships than UCLA at 11 — ten of those coming between an unprecedented 13-year stretch in the ’60s and ’70s. Kentucky is second on the list with eight titles, before Duke, Indiana, North Carolina round out the top five with five championships each.
Many of sports greatest moments have transpired during The Big Dance. Look no further than “The Shot.” Duke’s Christian Laettner catching a full-court inbound pass from Grant Hill, faking left, turning and hitting a game-winning jumper as time expired over Kentucky is forever etched in sports history.
College basketball players careers are made and broken by their performance during the tourney. Just ask Steph Curry and Shabazz Napier. With the NBA Draft three months after the tournament, draft stocks fall and rise over the three-week event.
The unpredictability of the tournament is why millions of people around the globe flock to fill out brackets that predict each game. Predicting all 67 games is nearly impossible. So why not bet individual games? This page is packed with information to help you win big throughout the tournament.
Best March Madness Sportsbook Odds
Who says March Madness is only for filling out brackets? Why wait three weeks til the tournament ends to win? With 67 total games over the course of the Big Dance, there’s an abundance of opportunities to bet.
In the chart below, you will find our betting odd for all of the upcoming NCAA games, including March Madness encounters. Take a look at the odds and find the best value for your bets.
March Madness Betting Guide
What truly makes March Madness “mad” is the amount of upsets. It seems like each year there is a team that comes out of nowhere and makes a run in the NCAA Tournament. Think Steph Curry leading Davidson to the Elite Eight or Butler falling a basket short of the national championship.
No seeding is more prone to upsets than No. 12 vs. No. 5. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, a 12th seed has pulled off the shocker a jaw-dropping 46 times. History repeats itself so examine those four matchups closely this year because one (or maybe two) upsets are bound to happen from the twelve seed.
While bracket busters are bound to happen, don’t bank on it too much. The lowest ranked seed to ever hoist the NCAA Championship is Villanova, who won it all in 1985 from the eight seed.
Heck, just last year, the Elite Eight was made up of all four No. 1 seeds, a pair of two seeds, and the outliers — a No. 6 and No. 10 team. Sure, one team is bound to make a run, but finding that team is like spotting a needle in a haystack.
It’s fun picking against the grain and betting a No. 1 seed gets upset, but it’s not the most logical. Since 1985, there’s only been two tournaments (2006, 2011) when the Final Four did not feature at least one top seed.
Instead, focus on recent trends. Like most other sports, the postseason is less about performance over the course of the entire regular season. Rather, it’s about getting hot at the right time. When evaluating matchups, weigh a team’s recent stretch above everything. There’s really no better way of gauging a team.
Of course, win and loss aren’t the lone bet to make. What about over/unders? NCAA Tournament games tend to trend toward an over.
Look no further than last season’s tournament game. Villanova and North Carolina went a combined 9-3 on overs. With bodies worn out by season’s end and rushing through the tournament in three short weeks, it’s no wonder why defense suffers.