Ways to Bet on College Basketball at Online Sportsbooks
College Basketball returns to action in early November leading up to another March Madness and a run to the season’s national title. With more than 350 teams in Division I play across 31 different conferences, there is always plenty of betting action on the board at your favorite online sportsbooks.
The regular season is divided into the nonconference portion of the schedule which runs through the end of the year and conference play right through the month of February. Early play in March features championship tournaments for each conference followed by the 68-team NCAA Tournament to determine the season’s national champs.
A big part of early season play is a number of holiday tournaments in November and December. Some of the top teams in the nation get to square off against each other in a number of marquee matchups.
This season gets underway with a bang on Tuesday, Nov. 5 with the Big Ten’s No. 1 Michigan State Spartans taking on the SEC’s No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic at 9 p.m. on ESPN. On the undercard at Madison Square Garden is a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN between the ACC’s No. 4 Duke Blue Devils and the Big 12’s No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. It does not get any better than this when it comes to a pair of opening day showdowns.
The majority of the betting action on college basketball at online sportsbooks is still on the pointspread and total line for each game, but that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to betting on this sport. In an effort to add even more excitement to all the action on the court. The top-rated online books have expanded their college basketball boards to include any number of betting options for the games.
If you are into betting pointspreads and totals, you can expand your bets with the use of first half lines. College basketball play is conveniently broken down into two 20 minute halves. This makes first half betting lines ideal for hedging your bets. You can also find moneyline odds posted for all the top matchups on any given day. This is a straight-up bet that adds more risk to betting the favorites and pays out a bigger reward for betting the underdogs.
Along with those three betting lines for the games, books can expand the board with specific game props covering the action as well. This is a great way to hedge any game bets you may have placed. Balancing out a game bet with a few ncaa basketball prop bets can often times enhance your overall return over the course of the season.
One of the most popular ways to bet on college basketball, especially if it is part of tournament play, is live in-game wagers. This covers the action after the ball has been tipped off right up until the final buzzer. The betting lines change as the game wears on and you can also bet on a list of ‘what happens next’ options. Much like the addition of game props to the board, live in-game betting is a great way to supplement any basic bets you may have on a particular game.
The online books really ramp things up when March rolls around with the addition of NCAA Tournament contests. Most revolve around picking the winners in a bracket contest. Many of these contests are free to join if you already have an active online betting account at a that particular sportsbook.
The best betting strategy is to always know what is on the board at your favorite online sportsbook when it comes to college basketball. You might be surprised to find out how much you have been missing.