College Basketball Odds Explained
Compare odds on NCAA Basketball games from the top US sports betting sites. BigOnSports.com has odds on all the big conferences including all 64 March Madness games. Odds are updated every 5 minutes.
Get the game opening odds on the spread, total (over/under) and money line. Track line movements on NCAAB game from the time the odds are initially posted, right up until tip off.
Our odds comparison page allows you to quickly and easily find the best odds available on your favorite college basketball game. Sports fans interested in making a bet can click on the logo of their preferred sportsbook to visit that online sportsbook and open a free account and start placing wagers.
How to Bet on College Basketball
Pointspreads are the most popular type of bet in college basketball (NCAAB) sports betting. Also known as “line” or “spread”. It’s not the predicted margin of victory for one team over the other, as you might expect.
In reality, it’s a number calculates by Las Vegas oddsmakers to try and get an equal amount of betting action on either side of the game (i.e. underdog and favorite).
Positive and Negative Values Explained
A negative value (for example, -13.5) indicates that team is favored to win by 13.5 points. The positive value (+13.5) indicates that team is the underdog by 13.5 points. Betting on the favorite means the team must win by at least 14 points to cover the point spread. The underdog team can lose by thirteen points and still cover the spread.
Line Movement and When It Happens
The spread will often change during the day as game time approaches. Kansas may be favored by 13 points the night before and by 13.5 points right before tip off. This indicates more people are betting on them, so bookies increase the underdog value hoping to encourage more wagers on the underdog.
Another way of looking at it is that they are increasing the pointspread on the favorite to discourage betting action on them.
Money Lines are another popular choice for sports fans when betting on college basketball. The team you choose only has to win the game outright in order for you to win your bet, regardless of the amount they win by.
A money line with a negative value indicates they are the favorite and the positive value money line indicates they are the underdog.
For example, let’s say Kansas are a -350 favorite. If you want to bet Kansas, you would need to risk $350 to win $100. If you want to bet the underdog at, let’s say +320, you would risk $100 to win $320.
Also know as over/under. Not always available on every NCAAB games, the Total refers to how many points will be scored in the game by both teams combined. Again it’s not a prediction by bookies but a predicted number calculated to encourage an equal amount of betting action on the over as the under.
For example, if a game total was 113.5 and you picked the under 113.5, you want a strong defense to keep it a low scoring game. If you pick the over, you want a strong offensive and lots of three-pointers. In totals betting, you are predicting whether the combined total score will be more than or less than the over/under line.
In totals betting, you are predicting whether the combined total score will be more than or less than the over/under line.
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