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 01 January
FT Quinnipiac Bobcats 71 - 70 Siena Saints +155 -169 Odds
FT Florida National C. 88 - 94 Stetson Hatters
FT Youngstown State 80 - 77 Cleveland State +300 -333 Odds
FT Alabama A&M 71 - 64 Grambling Tigers
FT West Virginia 77 - 69 Kansas State -130 +120 Odds
FT Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80 - 71 MIS
FT Alcorn State Braves 64 - 76 Prairie View A&M
AOT Texas Longhorns 74 - 70 Iowa State Cyclones -132 +125 Odds
FT Alabama State 73 - 82 Jackson State
FT Southern Jaguars 66 - 78 Texas Southern +350 -417 Odds
Tuesday 02 January
FT Akron Zips 75 - 87 Western Michigan +275 -303 Odds
FT William & Mary 84 - 76 James Madison Dukes +113 -123 Odds
FT Lehigh 66 - 78 Navy Midshipmen Odds
FT Indiana Hoosiers 61 - 71 Wisconsin Badgers +190 -208 Odds
FT Michigan Wolverines 75 - 68 Iowa Hawkeyes -141 +130 Odds
FT Penn State 69 - 75 Maryland Terrapins +150 -161 Odds
FT Auburn Tigers 94 - 84 Tennessee +190 -208 Odds
FT Alabama 75 - 76 Vanderbilt +140 -149 Odds
FT Butler Bulldogs 79 - 86 Xavier Musketeers +240 -256 Odds
AOT TCU Horned Frogs 81 - 78 Baylor Bears -125 +105 Odds
FT Ohio Bobcats 50 - 75 Central Michigan +130 -141 Odds
FT Eastern Michigan 62 - 72 Ball State +205 -227 Odds
FT Miami Redhawks 77 - 72 Bowling Green +210 -227 Odds
FT Delaware 78 - 93 Charleston Cougars +420 -476 Odds
FT UMKC Kangaroos 79 - 77 SCS Odds
AOT Manhattan Jaspers 101 - 96 Marist Red Foxes -175 +165 Odds
FT Drexel Dragons 87 - 107 UNC-Wilmington +160 -169 Odds
FT Towson Tigers 72 - 75 Elon Phoenix -120 +110 Odds
FT Hofstra Pride 71 - 70 Northeastern +225 -238 Odds
FT Vermont Catamounts 62 - 56 Harvard Crimson
FT Trinity Baptist 48 - 105 Jacksonville Odds
FT CBC 75 - 98 Kennesaw State Owls Odds
FT Florida National C. 70 - 104 North Florida
FT Colgate Raiders 72 - 63 American Eagles Odds
FT Loyola-Maryland 75 - 86 Army Black Knights Odds
FT Toledo Rockets 94 - 104 Buffalo Bulls +235 -263 Odds
FT Charleston Southern 53 - 70 Liberty Flames Odds
FT Holy Cross 48 - 60 Lefayette Leopards
FT Boston Uni. Terries 84 - 79 Bucknell Bison Odds
FT Kent State 61 - 75 Northern Illinois +130 -135 Odds
FT Doane Tigers 60 - 100 Nebraska Omaha
FT Our Lady of the La. 75 - 96 TPA
FT IUPUI Jaguars 67 - 63 Green Bay +130 -141 Odds
FT Florida Gators 83 - 66 Texas A&M Aggies +110 -120 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Panthers 51 - 77 Louisville +1300 -2000 Odds
FT Nebraska 70 - 55 Northwestern +260 -303 Odds
FT Arkansas Razorbacks 75 - 78 Mississippi State -141 +135 Odds
FT Georgetown Hoyas 90 - 81 DePaul Blue Demons +170 -196 Odds
FT Texas Tech 85 - 73 Kansas Jayhawks +290 -323 Odds
FT San Diego State 77 - 68 Colorado State Rams -333 +330 Odds
Wednesday 03 January
Mississippi Rebels 18:30 Georgia Bulldogs +175 -189 Odds
Marquette 18:30 Providence Friars -105 -105 Odds
St. Louis Billikens 19:00 Davidson Wildcats +260 -294 Odds
George Washington 19:00 Duquesne Dukes -105 -105 Odds
VCU 19:00 St. Joseph´s Hawks -112 +103 Odds
Maine Black Bears 19:00 Stony Brook Odds
New Hampshire 19:00 UMBC Retrievers Odds
N.C. Tar Heels 19:00 Florida State +102 -112 Odds
Syracuse Orange 19:00 Wake Forest +102 -112 Odds
Clemson Tigers 19:00 Boston College -227 +205 Odds
Rutgers 19:00 Purdue Boilermakers +1750 -3333 Odds
East Carolina 19:00 South Florida Bulls +190 -208 Odds
Connecticut Huskies 19:00 Tulsa +130 -141 Odds
Memphis Tigers 19:00 UCF +290 -323 Odds
New Jersey Tech 19:00 Brown Bears Odds
La Salle Explorers 19:00 Rhode Island Rams +550 -667 Odds
Hartford Hawks 19:00 Albany Great Danes Odds
Richmond Spiders 19:00 Fordham Rams -105 -105 Odds
Gardner-Webb 19:00 Campbell Odds
UNC-Asheville 19:00 High Point Panthers
Presbyterian 19:00 Longwood Lancers
Winthrop Eagles 19:00 Radford Highlanders
George Mason 19:30 Massachusetts +300 -333 Odds
Central Arkansas 19:30 Sam Houston State
FIS 19:30 Lipscomb Bison Odds
SCS 19:30 Bethune-Cookman
NCC 19:30 Delaware State
MSH 19:30 Morgan State Bears
Nicholls State 20:00 Stephen F. Austin
St. John's 20:00 Creighton Bluejays +575 -714 Odds
McNeese State 20:00 Abilene Christian Odds
Northwestern State 20:00 TCI
Lamar Cardinals 20:00 New Orleans
Western Illinois 20:00 South Dakota +1750 -3333 Odds
South Dakota State 20:00 North Dakota State -105 -105 Odds
Evansville 20:00 Southern Illinois +170 -185 Odds
Howard Bison 20:00 Florida A&M
Coppin State Eagles 20:00 Norfolk State
Valparaiso 20:00 Bradley Braves +245 -263 Odds
Illinois State 20:00 Drake Bulldogs +150 -161 Odds
Indiana State 20:00 Loyola-Chicago +240 -256 Odds
Alabama A&M 20:30 Jackson State
Alcorn State Braves 20:30 Texas Southern
Kentucky Wildcats 20:30 LSU Tigers -145 +140 Odds
St. Bonaventure 20:30 Dayton Flyers -125 +115 Odds
Alabama State 20:30 Grambling Tigers
Southern Jaguars 20:30 Prairie View A&M
N.C. State Wolfpack 21:00 Notre Dame +270 -303 Odds
Miami Hurricanes 21:00 Georgia Tech -208 +190 Odds
Illinois 21:00 Minnesota +320 -357 Odds
Virginia Cavaliers 21:00 Virginia Tech -169 +160 Odds
Missouri Tigers 21:00 South Carolina +102 -112 Odds
Oklahoma State 21:00 Oklahoma Sooners -455 Odds
New Mexico Lobos 21:00 Boise State Broncos +375 -417 Odds
Fresno State 21:00 Utah State Aggies -120 +110 Odds
CAL 22:00 Cal State Fullerton +265 -294 Odds
Wyoming Cowboys 22:30 Nevada Wolf Pack +500 -588 Odds
UNLV Rebels 23:00 San Jose State -1250 +1050 Odds
Thursday 04 January
Eastern Illinois 18:00 Morehead State Odds
Houston Cougars 19:00 Wichita State Odds
VMI Keydets 19:00 Wofford Terriers Odds
CBD 19:00 Fairleigh Dickinson
Middle Tennessee 19:00 FGP Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes 19:00 Iowa Hawkeyes Odds
Bryant Bulldogs 19:00 Mount St. Mary's
LIU-Brooklyn 19:00 St. Francis (Pa.)
Vermont Catamounts 19:00 UMass Lowell
UT Martin 19:00 Austin Peay Odds
Sacred Heart 19:00 Wagner Seahawks
St. Francis (N.Y.) 19:00 Robert Morris
Green Bay 19:00 Cleveland State Odds
UAB Blazers 19:00 Florida Atlantic
Illinois-Chicago 19:00 IUPUI Jaguars Odds
Little Rock 19:15 Georgia State Odds
Western Carolina 19:30 Chattanooga Mocs Odds
Arkansas State 19:30 Georgia Southern Odds
Citadel Bulldogs 19:30 Furman Paladins Odds
Texas-San Antonio 19:30 Louisiana Tech Odds
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 19:35 Youngstown State Odds
Maryland Terrapins 20:00 Michigan State Odds
E. Tennessee State 20:00 Samford Bulldogs Odds
IPFW Mastodons 20:00 Oral Roberts Odds
Coastal Carolina 20:00 Louisiana-Monroe Odds
Old Dominion 20:00 Rice Owls Odds
SMS 20:00 Murray State Racers Odds
SIU-Edwardsville 20:00 Eastern Kentucky Odds
Tennessee Tech 20:00 Belmont Bruins Odds
Texas-El Paso 20:00 Southern Miss Odds
Charlotte 49ers 20:00 North Texas Odds
Appalachian State 20:15 UL Lafayette Odds
Troy Trojans 20:15 Texas-Arlington Odds
Arizona State 20:30 Colorado Buffaloes Odds
South Alabama 20:30 TSM Odds
Jacksonville State 20:30 Tennessee State Odds
Cincinnati Bearcats 21:00 Temple Owls Odds
North Dakota 21:00 Montana Grizzlies Odds
Northern Arizona 21:00 Weber State Odds
Southern Utah 21:00 Idaho State Bengals Odds
SMM 21:00 Tulane Green Wave Odds
Arizona Wildcats 21:00 Utah Utes Odds
Norther Iowa 21:00 Missouri State Odds
Northern Colorado 21:00 Montana State Odds
Portland State 21:05 Eastern Washington Odds
Santa Clara Broncos 22:00 Loyola Marymount Odds
Pacific Tigers 22:00 St. Mary´s Gaels Odds
San Diego Torreros 22:00 Portland Pilots Odds
UC Irvine 22:00 UC Davis Odds
UCLA Bruins 22:00 Stanford Cardinal Odds
Sacramento State 22:00 Idaho Vandals Odds
Santa Barbara 22:00 Cal Poly Mustangs Odds
Hawaii Warriors 22:00 Long Beach State Odds
Southern California 22:30 California Odds
Brigham Young 23:00 San Francisco Dons Odds
Gonzaga Bulldogs 23:00 Pepperdine Waves Odds
Friday 05 January
Central Pennsylvan. 17:30 Cornell Big Red
Akron Zips 18:30 Toledo Rockets
William & Mary 19:00 Delaware
Princeton Tigers 19:00 Pennsylvania
Lefayette Leopards 19:00 Colgate Raiders
Holy Cross 19:00 Lehigh
Wisconsin Badgers 19:00 Rutgers
Charleston Cougars 19:00 Drexel Dragons
Fairfield Stags 19:00 Rider Broncs
Niagara 19:00 Siena Saints
Manhattan Jaspers 19:00 Monmouth Hawks
St. Peter's 19:00 Iona Gaels
Elon Phoenix 19:00 Northeastern
James Madison Dukes 19:00 Hofstra Pride
UNC-Wilmington 19:00 Towson Tigers
American Eagles 19:00 Navy Midshipmen
Bucknell Bison 19:00 Army Black Knights
Boston Uni. Terries 19:00 Loyola-Maryland
Northwestern 20:00 Penn State
Canisius 20:00 Quinnipiac Bobcats
Wright State 21:00 Detroit Titans
Northern Kentucky 21:00 Oakland
Oregon Ducks 22:00 Oregon State
Saturday 06 January
Louisville 12:00 Clemson Tigers
Illinois 12:00 Michigan Wolverines
Pittsburgh Panthers 12:00 Virginia Tech
Alabama 12:00 Georgia Bulldogs
East Carolina 12:00 Connecticut Huskies
Creighton Bluejays 12:00 Georgetown Hoyas
Xavier Musketeers 12:00 Providence Friars
Bowling Green 12:00 Eastern Michigan
Massachusetts 12:00 Dayton Flyers
N.C. Tar Heels 13:00 Virginia Cavaliers
Bryant Bulldogs 13:00 Sacred Heart
NC-Greensboro 13:00 VMI Keydets
Florida Gators 13:00 Missouri Tigers
Albany Great Danes 13:00 New Hampshire
Maine Black Bears 13:00 Binghamton Bearcats
Sarah Lawrence Gry. 14:00 Columbia Lions
Arizona Wildcats 14:00 Colorado Buffaloes
DePaul Blue Demons 14:00 St. John's
Texas Longhorns 14:00 Baylor Bears
Drake Bulldogs 14:00 Indiana State
VCU 14:00 La Salle Explorers
Buffalo Bulls 14:00 Ball State
Dartmouth Big Green 14:00 Harvard Crimson
Nevada Wolf Pack 14:00 Air Force Falcons
Gardner-Webb 14:00 Longwood Lancers
Winthrop Eagles 14:00 Campbell
LSU Tigers 14:15 Texas A&M Aggies
Nebraska 14:15 Purdue Boilermakers
Arkansas State 14:15 Georgia State
Seton Hall Pirates 14:30 Butler Bulldogs
North Dakota State 15:00 South Dakota
IPFW Mastodons 15:00 Denver Pioneers
Appalachian State 15:00 Louisiana-Monroe
Charlotte 49ers 15:00 Rice Owls
New Mexico State 15:05 Chicago State
Notre Dame 15:15 Syracuse Orange
Western Michigan 15:30 Miami Redhawks
Duquesne Dukes 15:30 Fordham Rams
Northern Illinois 15:30 Ohio Bobcats
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 15:30 Cleveland State
San Francisco Dons 16:00 Pepperdine Waves
Rhode Island Rams 16:00 George Washington
Florida A&M 16:00 Morgan State Bears
Wake Forest 16:00 Boston College
Tulsa 16:00 Memphis Tigers
Iowa State Cyclones 16:00 Oklahoma State
Sam Houston State 16:00 Incarnate Word
Washington Huskies 16:00 Washington State
Kansas State 16:00 Texas Tech
Fairleigh Dickinson 16:00 Wagner Seahawks
CBD 16:00 Mount St. Mary's
Bradley Braves 16:00 Evansville
Southern Illinois 16:00 Valparaiso
LIU-Brooklyn 16:00 Robert Morris
SCS 16:00 New Jersey Tech
North Dakota 16:00 Montana State
Eastern Illinois 16:00 Eastern Kentucky
St. Francis (N.Y.) 16:00 St. Francis (Pa.)
Presbyterian 16:00 Liberty Flames
UNC-Asheville 16:00 Radford Highlanders
Bethune-Cookman 16:00 Howard Bison
SST 16:00 Coppin State Eagles
SCS 16:00 Delaware State
Norfolk State 16:00 North Carolina A&T
Hampton Pirates 16:00 MSH
MIS 16:00 Alabama State
SIU-Edwardsville 16:15 Morehead State
Stephen F. Austin 16:30 Northwestern State
Mississippi State 16:30 Mississippi Rebels
Mercer Bears 16:30 Furman Paladins
New Orleans 16:30 McNeese State
Lipscomb Bison 16:30 Kennesaw State Owls
E. Tennessee State 17:00 Chattanooga Mocs
SLL 17:00 Abilene Christian
Little Rock 17:00 Georgia Southern
Tennessee Tech 17:00 Tennessee State
Texas-San Antonio 17:00 Southern Miss
Middle Tennessee 17:00 Florida Atlantic
Sacramento State 17:05 Eastern Washington
Indiana Hoosiers 17:15 Minnesota
South Alabama 17:15 Texas-Arlington
Fresno State 17:30 Colorado State Rams
Troy Trojans 17:30 TSM
Central Arkansas 17:30 Lamar Cardinals
Jacksonville State 18:00 Belmont Bruins
Arkansas Razorbacks 18:00 Auburn Tigers
Old Dominion 18:00 North Texas
UCLA Bruins 18:30 California
Jackson State 18:30 Alcorn State Braves
Grambling Tigers 18:30 Southern Jaguars
Vanderbilt 18:45 South Carolina
Central Michigan 19:00 Kent State
UAB Blazers 19:00 FGP
Western Kentucky 19:00 Marshall
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 19:00 Alabama A&M
Yale Bulldogs 19:00 Georgia Tech
Citadel Bulldogs 19:00 Wofford Terriers
Stony Brook 19:00 Hartford Hawks
UMBC Retrievers 19:00 Vermont Catamounts
Stetson Hatters 19:00 Florida Gulf Coast
Jacksonville 19:00 North Florida
Green Bay 19:00 Youngstown State
Charleston Southern 19:00 High Point Panthers
Texas-El Paso 19:00 Louisiana Tech
Oklahoma Sooners 19:15 West Virginia
Duke Blue Devils 20:00 N.C. State Wolfpack
Richmond Spiders 20:00 St. Louis Billikens
SMS 20:00 Austin Peay
Nicholls State 20:00 Houston Baptist
Western Illinois 20:00 Oral Roberts
South Dakota State 20:00 Nebraska Omaha
Western Carolina 20:00 Samford Bulldogs
Marquette 20:00 Villanova Wildcats
St. Bonaventure 20:00 St. Joseph´s Hawks
Coastal Carolina 20:00 UL Lafayette
TPA 20:00 UMKC Kangaroos
UT Martin 20:00 Murray State Racers
Boise State Broncos 20:00 Wyoming Cowboys
Prairie View A&M 20:30 Texas Southern
Northern Colorado 21:00 Montana Grizzlies
Southern Utah 21:00 Weber State
Northern Arizona 21:00 Idaho State Bengals
Kentucky Wildcats 21:00 Tennessee
CSB 21:00 Utah Valley
San Jose State 21:00 New Mexico Lobos
Kansas Jayhawks 21:15 TCU Horned Frogs
Brigham Young 22:00 Pacific Tigers
Portland Pilots 22:00 Santa Clara Broncos
Gonzaga Bulldogs 22:00 Loyola Marymount
Grand Canyon 22:00 Seattle Redhawks
Portland State 22:00 Idaho Vandals
Utah State Aggies 22:00 UNLV Rebels
Cal State Fullerton 22:00 Cal Poly Mustangs
Hawaii Warriors 22:00 Northridge Matadors
Long Beach State 22:00 UC Irvine
San Diego Torreros 23:00 St. Mary´s Gaels
CAL 23:59 Santa Barbara
Sunday 07 January
Temple Owls 12:00 UCF
Davidson Wildcats 12:00 George Mason
Fairfield Stags 13:00 Iona Gaels
Missouri State 14:00 Illinois State
Charleston Cougars 14:00 Towson Tigers
Niagara 14:00 Marist Red Foxes
Quinnipiac Bobcats 14:00 St. Peter's
UNC-Wilmington 14:00 Delaware
James Madison Dukes 14:00 Northeastern
Northern Kentucky 14:00 Detroit Titans
Canisius 15:00 Siena Saints
Wright State 15:00 Oakland
Loyola-Chicago 16:00 Norther Iowa
South Florida Bulls 16:00 Wichita State
Elon Phoenix 16:00 Hofstra Pride
William & Mary 16:00 Drexel Dragons
Michigan State 16:30 Ohio State Buckeyes
Florida State 18:00 Miami Hurricanes
SMM 18:00 Cincinnati Bearcats
Rider Broncs 18:00 Manhattan Jaspers
Iowa Hawkeyes 20:00 Maryland Terrapins
Arizona State 20:00 Utah Utes
Southern California 22:00 Stanford Cardinal

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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