NCAA Basketball Betting

Beyond the actual game being played on the court, the similarities between college basketball and its professional counterpart are few and far between. The tradition and passion you see in NCAA basketball on a regular basis is hard to fine in the NBA. Have you ever seen a game played in front of a completely silent crowd like at Taylor University? Or how about the “Cameron Crazies” student section at Duke, with thousands of blue-painted fans psyching out the opposing team? [+]

College basketball diehards are made up of the school’s current student base and alumni, and naturally, they’re more invested in their school than fans of professional sports teams. 

The passion those fans exude for their schools creates more intense rivalries, too. Some of the rivalries in sports are rooted in NCAA basketball — Duke vs. North Carolina, UCLA-Arizona, Louisville-Kentucky, among others. Bad blood in the NBA is a fleeting concept with players “taking their talents” to other teams on a regular basis. 

The NBA’s transient mentality leads to another college basketball advantage: players are forever tied to their alma mater. Take basketball legend Allen Iverson for example. He burned bridges throughout his professional career with Philadelphia, Denver, Memphis, and even overseas in Turkey. But on the campus of Georgetown, AI is welcomed back with open arms and is considered a Hoya for life.

Moreover, the pros are a player-driven league. Whereas LeBron James is calling the shots in Cleveland on and off the court, college basketball is ruled by head coaches. Loyalty runs deep in college gyms. Coaches like Jim Boeheim, Tom Izzo, and Mike Krzyzewski have dedicated the majority of their life to the school and players. Their job isn’t about managing million-dollar egos like in the pros, instead they’re turning boys into men.

Lastly and most importantly, the NBA postseason doesn’t hold a candle to March Madness. Matter of fact, no playoff system in any sport compares to the NCAA Tournament. I mean, what do you expect when you bring together the 68 best teams in a single-elimination tournament? Madness — in the form of stunning upsets, heroic performances, cinderella stories, and net-cutting championship moments.

College basketball is a one-of-a-kind sport and that’s the beauty of it. This page is jam-packed with betting tips to help you rack in money from 300-plus programs around the country. 

Best NCAA Sportsbook Odds

Below is where you’ll find sportsbook odds for all of the upcoming NCAA basketball games, whether it’s regular season encounters or March Madness games. 

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Monday 12 February
FT MIS 51 - 55 Southern Jaguars
FT E. Tennessee State 56 - 74 NC-Greensboro +120 -141 Odds
FT Notre Dame 66 - 83 N.C. Tar Heels +445 -556 Odds
FT Fairfield Stags 63 - 81 Canisius +230 -278 Odds
AOT Iona Gaels 78 - 82 Siena Saints -345 +285 Odds
FT Colgate Raiders 64 - 65 Bucknell Bison +405 -500 Odds
FT Delaware State 58 - 93 Norfolk State +725 -1000 Odds
FT NCC 81 - 99 Bethune-Cookman
FT Hampton Pirates 82 - 79 Coppin State Eagles
FT MSH 56 - 84 Howard Bison Odds
FT Mercer Bears 74 - 69 Samford Bulldogs -172 +153 Odds
FT Morgan State Bears 74 - 48 Florida A&M
FT Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52 - 84 Alcorn State Braves
FT North Carolina A&T 106 - 108 SST
FT Grambling Tigers 78 - 55 Texas Southern Odds
AOT Jackson State 58 - 63 Prairie View A&M Odds
AOT Baylor Bears 74 - 73 Texas Longhorns +132 -152 Odds
FT TCU Horned Frogs 66 - 82 West Virginia +320 -385 Odds
Tuesday 13 February
FT Georgetown Hoyas 87 - 83 Butler Bulldogs +575 -769 Odds
FT St. Peter's 57 - 73 Monmouth Hawks +110 -130 Odds
FT Boston College 81 - 58 Pittsburgh Panthers -435 +360 Odds
FT Maryland Terrapins 66 - 70 Nebraska +115 -135 Odds
FT Texas A&M Aggies 58 - 62 Missouri Tigers +122 -143 Odds
FT Arkansas Razorbacks 75 - 64 Mississippi Rebels -135 +115 Odds
FT Kansas Jayhawks 83 - 77 Iowa State Cyclones -303 +250 Odds
FT St. Bonaventure 79 - 68 La Salle Explorers -118 -103 Odds
FT Western Michigan 81 - 83 Bowling Green -179 +160 Odds
FT Kent State 72 - 84 Buffalo Bulls +775 -1111 Odds
FT Ohio Bobcats 74 - 82 Toledo Rockets +385 -455 Odds
FT Miami Redhawks 57 - 58 Eastern Michigan +195 -227 Odds
FT Oklahoma Sooners 78 - 88 Texas Tech +260 -313 Odds
FT Ball State 90 - 77 Akron Zips -154 +135 Odds
FT UNC-Wilmington 61 - 62 James Madison Dukes +135 -154 Odds
FT Central Michigan 80 - 72 Northern Illinois -105 -115 Odds
FT MSC 53 - 87 North Dakota State Odds
FT Evansville 41 - 47 Norther Iowa +245 -294 Odds
FT Richmond Spiders 67 - 85 Rhode Island Rams +750 -1111 Odds
FT Virginia Cavaliers 59 - 50 Miami Hurricanes -227 +195 Odds
FT Michigan State 87 - 57 Minnesota -667 +500 Odds
AOT Northwestern 58 - 67 Rutgers -161 +141 Odds
FT South Carolina 67 - 70 Tennessee +500 -667 Odds
FT LSU Tigers 65 - 80 Alabama +270 -323 Odds
Wednesday 14 February
FT South Florida Bulls 57 - 72 UCF +700 -1000 Odds
FT Iowa Hawkeyes 59 - 74 Michigan Wolverines +535 -714 Odds
FT Dayton Flyers 67 - 85 George Mason -208 +180 Odds
FT George Washington 83 - 72 Massachusetts +155 -175 Odds
FT Virginia Tech 52 - 74 Duke Blue Devils +465 -556 Odds
AOT Clemson Tigers 79 - 81 Florida State +175 -204 Odds
FT Mississippi State 80 - 81 Vanderbilt +120 -141 Odds
FT Villanova Wildcats 71 - 76 Providence Friars -500 +410 Odds
FT Kansas State 82 - 72 Oklahoma State +155 -175 Odds
FT Western Illinois 74 - 90 IPFW Mastodons +535 -667 Odds
FT Holy Cross 70 - 65 Army Black Knights Odds
FT Boston Uni. Terries 56 - 60 American Eagles Odds
FT St. Joseph´s Hawks 71 - 55 Fordham Rams -345 +290 Odds
FT Davidson Wildcats 74 - 63 VCU -141 +120 Odds
FT Loyola-Maryland 53 - 94 Bucknell Bison Odds
FT Lehigh 88 - 78 Colgate Raiders Odds
FT Lefayette Leopards 69 - 71 Navy Midshipmen Odds
FT Detroit Titans 72 - 75 Cleveland State +135 -154 Odds
FT Oakland 73 - 75 Youngstown State -238 +200 Odds
FT Houston Baptist 77 - 70 Northwestern State
FT East Carolina 82 - 80 Tulane Green Wave +775 -1111 Odds
FT McNeese State 76 - 72 Central Arkansas
FT New Orleans 64 - 71 SLL
FT Stephen F. Austin 87 - 68 TCI Odds
FT Incarnate Word 62 - 85 Lamar Cardinals Odds
FT South Dakota 85 - 67 Oral Roberts -303 +255 Odds
FT Indiana State 76 - 90 Drake Bulldogs +105 -125 Odds
FT Illinois State 58 - 70 Bradley Braves +355 -417 Odds
AOT Missouri State 80 - 81 Southern Illinois +145 -164 Odds
FT Valparaiso 71 - 80 Loyola-Chicago +625 -833 Odds
FT Illinois 68 - 78 Indiana Hoosiers +375 -455 Odds
FT Kentucky Wildcats 66 - 76 Auburn Tigers +365 -435 Odds
FT N.C. State Wolfpack 74 - 70 Syracuse Orange +195 -227 Odds
FT Georgia Tech 62 - 79 Wake Forest +195 -227 Odds
AOT Georgia Bulldogs 72 - 69 Florida Gators +430 -526 Odds
FT Nebraska Omaha 78 - 94 Denver Pioneers +165 -189 Odds
FT Seton Hall Pirates 90 - 102 Xavier Musketeers +250 -303 Odds
FT St. John's 77 - 76 DePaul Blue Demons -130 +110 Odds
FT Memphis Tigers 70 - 67 SMM +300 -357 Odds
FT Utah State Aggies 63 - 78 New Mexico Lobos +215 -256 Odds
FT Sam Houston State 72 - 73 Nicholls State
FT Air Force Falcons 73 - 81 UNLV Rebels +690 -909 Odds
FT Fresno State 77 - 57 San Jose State -1250 +825 Odds
FT CAL 69 - 62 Northridge Matadors +100 -120 Odds
FT Nevada Wolf Pack 77 - 72 Boise State Broncos +135 -154 Odds
FT Wyoming Cowboys 77 - 87 San Diego State +285 -345 Odds
Thursday 15 February
Wagner Seahawks 18:00 Sacred Heart
NC-Greensboro 18:00 Citadel Bulldogs -476 +395 Odds
New Hampshire 19:00 Vermont Catamounts Odds
Lipscomb Bison 19:00 Stetson Hatters Odds
Winthrop Eagles 19:00 Gardner-Webb
Purdue Boilermakers 19:00 Wisconsin Badgers -556 +445 Odds
Temple Owls 19:00 Wichita State +725 -1000 Odds
Tulsa 19:00 Connecticut Huskies +142 -161 Odds
Cincinnati Bearcats 19:00 Houston Cougars -149 +130 Odds
Chattanooga Mocs 19:00 Furman Paladins +900 -1429 Odds
Bryant Bulldogs 19:00 Robert Morris
Stony Brook 19:00 Binghamton Bearcats Odds
Albany Great Danes 19:00 UMass Lowell Odds
VMI Keydets 19:00 Mercer Bears Odds
CBD 19:00 St. Francis (Pa.)
Fairleigh Dickinson 19:00 Mount St. Mary's
LIU-Brooklyn 19:00 St. Francis (N.Y.)
Marist Red Foxes 19:00 Fairfield Stags +465 -556 Odds
Manhattan Jaspers 19:00 Quinnipiac Bobcats -120 +100 Odds
Siena Saints 19:00 Rider Broncs +775 -1111 Odds
Charleston Cougars 19:00 James Madison Dukes -217 +190 Odds
Delaware 19:00 Towson Tigers +675 -909 Odds
Drexel Dragons 19:00 Northeastern +500 -667 Odds
Elon Phoenix 19:00 UNC-Wilmington +120 -141 Odds
William & Mary 19:00 Hofstra Pride +170 -196 Odds
SCS 19:00 North Florida Odds
New Jersey Tech 19:00 Jacksonville Odds
Kennesaw State Owls 19:00 Florida Gulf Coast Odds
Maine Black Bears 19:00 Hartford Hawks Odds
Charleston Southern 19:00 Longwood Lancers
High Point Panthers 19:00 Presbyterian
Liberty Flames 19:00 UNC-Asheville
Texas-El Paso 19:00 Charlotte 49ers Odds
Wofford Terriers 19:30 Western Carolina -169 +150 Odds
South Alabama 19:30 Appalachian State +185 -213 Odds
Eastern Illinois 19:30 SMS +160 -179 Odds
Troy Trojans 19:30 Coastal Carolina +140 -161 Odds
Southern Utah 20:00 North Dakota +162 -182 Odds
Texas-San Antonio 20:00 Old Dominion +675 -909 Odds
Texas-Arlington 20:00 Louisiana-Monroe -204 +175 Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes 20:00 Penn State -101 -119 Odds
Chicago State 20:00 UMKC Kangaroos Odds
Eastern Kentucky 20:00 Belmont Bruins Odds
Jacksonville State 20:00 Murray State Racers +360 -435 Odds
SIU-Edwardsville 20:00 UT Martin +170 -196 Odds
Marshall 20:00 Rice Owls -417 +355 Odds
Middle Tennessee 20:00 Southern Miss -313 +260 Odds
TSM 20:15 UL Lafayette +825 -1250 Odds
Tennessee Tech 20:30 Austin Peay +235 -278 Odds
Morehead State 20:30 Tennessee State +300 -357 Odds
Loyola Marymount 21:00 Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds
Northern Arizona 21:00 Northern Colorado Odds
Campbell 21:00 Radford Highlanders +185 -213 Odds
Western Kentucky 21:00 North Texas -278 +230 Odds
Utah Utes 21:00 Washington Huskies -122 +102 Odds
UAB Blazers 21:00 Louisiana Tech +110 -130 Odds
New Mexico State 21:00 Utah Valley Odds
Arizona Wildcats 21:00 Arizona State -125 +105 Odds
Oregon Ducks 21:00 Southern California +175 -204 Odds
Montana Grizzlies 21:05 Eastern Washington -169 +150 Odds
Brigham Young 22:00 Pepperdine Waves -588 +470 Odds
Pacific Tigers 22:00 San Diego Torreros +165 -189 Odds
Santa Clara Broncos 22:00 Portland Pilots +115 -135 Odds
Santa Barbara 22:00 Long Beach State Odds
UC Davis 22:00 Cal Poly Mustangs -179 +160 Odds
Montana State 22:00 Idaho Vandals +445 -556 Odds
TPA 22:00 Seattle Redhawks Odds
Idaho State Bengals 22:05 Sacramento State +130 -149 Odds
St. Mary´s Gaels 23:00 San Francisco Dons -357 +300 Odds
Weber State 23:00 Portland State +135 -154 Odds
Colorado Buffaloes 23:00 Washington State -175 +155 Odds
Oregon State 23:00 UCLA Bruins +250 -303 Odds
Hawaii Warriors 23:00 UC Irvine +250 -303 Odds
Friday 16 February
Pennsylvania 19:00 Columbia Lions
Rhode Island Rams 19:00 St. Bonaventure
Niagara 19:00 Iona Gaels
Canisius 19:00 Monmouth Hawks
Brown Bears 19:00 Harvard Crimson
Yale Bulldogs 19:00 Dartmouth Big Green
Oakland 19:00 Cleveland State
Detroit Titans 19:00 Youngstown State
Bowling Green 19:00 Buffalo Bulls
IUPUI Jaguars 20:00 Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Princeton Tigers 20:00 Cornell Big Red
Northern Kentucky 21:00 Wright State
Georgia State 21:00 Georgia Southern
Illinois-Chicago 21:00 Green Bay
Saturday 17 February
SMM 11:00 UCF
Syracuse Orange 12:00 Miami Hurricanes
Virginia Tech 12:00 Georgia Tech
Providence Friars 12:00 Butler Bulldogs
Navy Midshipmen 12:00 Boston Uni. Terries
Texas Longhorns 12:00 Oklahoma Sooners Odds
Bucknell Bison 12:05 Holy Cross
Mount St. Mary's 13:00 Sacred Heart
VMI Keydets 13:00 Citadel Bulldogs
Iowa State Cyclones 13:00 Kansas State
Bryant Bulldogs 13:00 St. Francis (Pa.)
Quinnipiac Bobcats 13:00 Fairfield Stags
E. Tennessee State 14:00 Western Carolina
Akron Zips 14:00 Kent State
Michigan State 14:00 Northwestern
Indiana Hoosiers 14:00 Iowa Hawkeyes
Missouri Tigers 14:00 LSU Tigers
Alabama 14:00 Kentucky Wildcats
Furman Paladins 14:00 Samford Bulldogs
Southern Illinois 14:00 Indiana State
George Mason 14:00 La Salle Explorers
Toledo Rockets 14:00 Ball State
Air Force Falcons 14:00 Boise State Broncos
American Eagles 14:00 Lefayette Leopards
FGP 14:00 Florida Atlantic
Memphis Tigers 15:00 Tulane Green Wave Odds
Western Illinois 15:00 South Dakota State
IPFW Mastodons 15:00 North Dakota State
TSM 15:00 Louisiana-Monroe
Auburn Tigers 15:30 South Carolina
Miami Redhawks 15:30 Ohio Bobcats
Troy Trojans 15:30 Appalachian State
South Alabama 15:30 Coastal Carolina
Nicholls State 16:00 Central Arkansas
Idaho State Bengals 16:00 Portland State
Brigham Young 16:00 San Diego Torreros
VCU 16:00 George Washington
Notre Dame 16:00 Boston College
N.C. State Wolfpack 16:00 Wake Forest
Texas A&M Aggies 16:00 Arkansas Razorbacks
New Mexico State 16:00 Seattle Redhawks
Stephen F. Austin 16:00 Incarnate Word
NC-Greensboro 16:00 Mercer Bears
Florida Gators 16:00 Vanderbilt
Fairleigh Dickinson 16:00 St. Francis (N.Y.)
LIU-Brooklyn 16:00 Wagner Seahawks
Drexel Dragons 16:00 Hofstra Pride
William & Mary 16:00 Northeastern
UNLV Rebels 16:00 San Diego State
San Jose State 16:00 Wyoming Cowboys
Kennesaw State Owls 16:00 Stetson Hatters
Bethune-Cookman 16:00 Coppin State Eagles
Florida A&M 16:00 Delaware State
Howard Bison 16:00 North Carolina A&T
MSH 16:00 NCC
Western Michigan 16:30 Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan 16:30 Central Michigan
Nebraska Omaha 16:30 South Dakota
Villanova Wildcats 16:30 Xavier Musketeers
Wofford Terriers 17:00 Chattanooga Mocs
Northern Arizona 17:00 North Dakota
UAB Blazers 17:00 Southern Miss
Texas Southern 17:00 MIS
UC Davis 17:00 Santa Barbara
Montana State 17:05 Eastern Washington
McNeese State 17:15 New Orleans
SIU-Edwardsville 17:15 SMS
TCI 17:30 Lamar Cardinals
Loyola Marymount 18:00 San Francisco Dons
Duquesne Dukes 18:00 St. Joseph´s Hawks
St. Louis Billikens 18:00 Richmond Spiders
Norther Iowa 18:00 Illinois State
West Virginia 18:00 Kansas Jayhawks
Abilene Christian 18:00 SLL
Tennessee 18:00 Georgia Bulldogs
Nevada Wolf Pack 18:00 Utah State Aggies
SCS 18:00 Jacksonville
Marshall 18:00 North Texas
Southern Jaguars 18:00 Alabama State
SCS 18:00 Hampton Pirates
Alcorn State Braves 18:00 Alabama A&M
Pennsylvania 18:30 Cornell Big Red
SST 18:30 Norfolk State
Jackson State 18:30 Grambling Tigers
Army Black Knights 19:00 Lehigh
Princeton Tigers 19:00 Columbia Lions
Texas-El Paso 19:00 Old Dominion
Massachusetts 19:00 Davidson Wildcats
Fordham Rams 19:00 Dayton Flyers
CBD 19:00 Robert Morris
James Madison Dukes 19:00 Towson Tigers
Eastern Illinois 19:00 UT Martin
St. Peter's 19:00 Marist Red Foxes
Charleston Cougars 19:00 UNC-Wilmington
Elon Phoenix 19:00 Delaware
Brown Bears 19:00 Dartmouth Big Green
Colorado State Rams 19:00 Fresno State
Lipscomb Bison 19:00 Florida Gulf Coast
Texas-San Antonio 19:00 Charlotte 49ers
Middle Tennessee 19:00 Louisiana Tech
New Jersey Tech 19:00 North Florida
Texas Tech 19:30 Baylor Bears
Pepperdine Waves 20:00 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Jacksonville State 20:00 Austin Peay
Rutgers 20:00 Maryland Terrapins
Colorado Buffaloes 20:00 Washington Huskies
Sam Houston State 20:00 Houston Baptist
Oklahoma State 20:00 TCU Horned Frogs
Western Kentucky 20:00 Rice Owls
Prairie View A&M 20:00 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Morehead State 20:00 Belmont Bruins
Little Rock 20:00 Arkansas State
Texas-Arlington 20:00 UL Lafayette
Tennessee Tech 20:00 Murray State Racers
N.C. Tar Heels 20:15 Louisville
Mississippi Rebels 20:30 Mississippi State
Eastern Kentucky 20:30 Tennessee State
Southern Utah 21:00 Northern Colorado
TPA 21:00 Utah Valley
Northridge Matadors 21:00 Cal State Fullerton
Bradley Braves 21:00 Valparaiso
Yale Bulldogs 21:30 Harvard Crimson
St. Mary´s Gaels 22:00 Portland Pilots
Grand Canyon 22:00 CSB
Marquette 22:00 Creighton Bluejays
Utah Utes 22:00 Washington State
Montana Grizzlies 22:00 Idaho Vandals
UC Irvine 22:00 Cal Poly Mustangs
Weber State 22:05 Sacramento State
Oregon Ducks 22:15 UCLA Bruins
Hawaii Warriors 22:30 CAL
Santa Clara Broncos 23:00 Pacific Tigers
Oregon State 23:00 Southern California
Sunday 18 February
Duke Blue Devils 13:00 Clemson Tigers
Ohio State Buckeyes 13:00 Michigan Wolverines
DePaul Blue Demons 13:00 Seton Hall Pirates
Albany Great Danes 13:00 UMBC Retrievers
New Hampshire 14:00 Stony Brook
Longwood Lancers 14:00 Winthrop Eagles
Binghamton Bearcats 14:00 UMass Lowell
Monmouth Hawks 14:00 Siena Saints
Niagara 14:00 Manhattan Jaspers
Canisius 14:00 Rider Broncs
Hartford Hawks 14:00 Vermont Catamounts
Colgate Raiders 14:00 Loyola-Maryland
Liberty Flames 14:00 Campbell
Gardner-Webb 14:00 High Point Panthers
Connecticut Huskies 15:00 East Carolina
South Florida Bulls 15:00 Tulsa
Oral Roberts 15:00 Denver Pioneers
Presbyterian 15:00 Radford Highlanders
Nebraska 15:30 Illinois
Wichita State 16:00 Cincinnati Bearcats
Drake Bulldogs 16:00 Missouri State
Loyola-Chicago 16:00 Evansville
Houston Cougars 16:00 Temple Owls
UNC-Asheville 17:30 Charleston Southern
Pittsburgh Panthers 18:00 Florida State
Penn State 20:00 Purdue Boilermakers
Stanford Cardinal 20:00 California

College Basketball Betting Tips

When betting over/unders, you have to understand points come at a premium in college basketball. Unlike the NBA and its 48-minute games, NCAA contests their matchups in 40 minutes. There’s also no quarters, only 20-minutes halves. Beyond that, the college game is played at a slower pace. Instead of 24-second shot clocks, NCAA plays with a 30-second clock.

Another key difference in the rules is free-throw shooting.

In college, starting with the seventh team foul, only one free throw is awarded — kind of. The player has to make that shot from the charity stripe to earn the second free throw. After the tenth foul, teams are awarded the standard two free throws. 

Moreover, these players are amateurs — we’ll save the pay-for-play debate for another day. Very few will end up in the NBA. With the skill level significantly lower, shooting percentages suffer in college basketball. All things considered, teams tend to hover around 65 points per game. Consider all the above before laying the hammer on a pedestrian total. 

Skill level doesn’t just play into lower scoring, either. Say a team does have a superstar, one-and-done player. It is much easier for an opposing head coach to key in on him and let the middle-of-the-road players beat you. That strategy fails more often in the NBA where any player can really kill you. A good coach is incredibly valuable in college basketball.

When betting, don’t be surprised by college basketball’s huge betting spreads. There’s less parity in college basketball, meaning the gap between a ranked team and unranked team is usually wide.

This can bite you either way, though. While you might see a big program run an opponent out the gym, upsets are what make college basketball exciting. You never know when you’ll end up on the bad end of a rush-the-court upset.  

Lastly, playing at home is huge for any sport, but perhaps even more in college basketball. At the end of the day, a 19-year-old kid playing in a hostile environment, with fans getting into his psyche, has a bigger affect on him and the team. Rowdy student sections is what makes college basketball great, so it’s a smart idea to ride with the home team when betting more times than not. 

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