College Basketball Betting Explained

College Basketball betting is becoming increasingly popular and none more so than during the month of March Madness. College Basketball betting is very similar to the professional ranks of the NBA, with many of the same bets, and markets available on both. The biggest difference between the two is parity. While you do have blowout lines and odds in the NBA, they are much more common in College Basketball betting, with bigger schools taking on smaller schools. With so many games played across the country, here at Pickswise we focus on the Power-5 conference play as well as a Top-25 ranked school from outside these conferences. We then cover all of the preseason and every morsel of March Madness action, right through until the National Championship Game itself. By narrowing our focus, we can ensure our experts leave nothing to chance in our research, putting in hours of data analysis, film study, and staying on top of all the latest team news. Each of our previews will have a bet against the spread as well as the points totals, and you can find all of them on our College Basketball Picks and College Basketball Predictions pages, all season long.

College Basketball Bets Today 

With the action coming thick and fast during the season, we have our best college basketball bets today posted at least the day before tip-off. Ensuring our college basketball bets are online early, gives you time to read and digest our analysis, as well as allowing for time to do your homework too. Being early can also see us get on the bet at the best odds or lines, ahead of the public money that so often comes on game day. We preview all of the Power-5 conference games, as well as those Top-25 ranked teams from outside these conferences. These college basketball bets today can be found on either of our College Basketball Picks and College Basketball Predictions page every day

College Basketball Live Betting

College Basketball Live Betting is the new kid on the block and is expected to be the next big thing in the US betting industry. Already established and hugely popular in Europe, Live Betting, as its name suggests is betting on an event whilst the match unfolds. The odds dynamically change to reflect the second by second action on the field or court, with odds and lines changing each time a shot is missed or hit. While you won’t get as exhaustive a list of markets with College Basketball Live Betting as you do pre-game, all of the most popular markets are available right until the end of the match. These will include money line odds, an ever-changing spread line, and also on points totals. Live Betting is a great fun way to enjoy watching and wagering a game. So if you fancy something different? Why not give Live College Basketball Betting a go next time you tune in to catch the game. 

NCAA Basketball Betting

NCAA Basketball Betting is a very different landscape to NBA Betting. The majority of basketball fans will be more accustomed to the bright lights of the NBA, but there are key differences to consider when looking at NCAA Basketball betting. Here at Pickswise, we bring that expert knowledge to help you bet better on NCAA Basketball. We have daily NCAA Basketball Picks, including our NCAA Basketball Best Bets all of which come with a full game breakdown, key takes, stats, and trends as to why we like a particular side. Be sure to also check out the latest College Basketball News and betting analysis. 

Types of College Basketball Betting

There are many different ways you can bet on college basketball and our expert handicappers are on hand all season long with insight, analysis, and our best bets across them all. Check out the most popular types of college basketball betting, what they mean, and how they work below. 

College Basketball Money Line Betting

The money line is the simplest way to bet on a college basketball game. With no ties, a winner will be decided, and that’s exactly what a bet on the money line is, deciding which team you think will win. The money line is slightly less popular in college sports, including college basketball games because there is or can be a lack of parity amongst oppositions. With bigger schools regularly taking on smaller schools, particularly throughout March Madness, there is very little value, if any, in betting on a big favorite on the money line at odds of up to -10000. If you like a team to cause an upset, then you can make the most of the bigger money line odds, similarly if there is a well contested close matchup. But for that reason, college basketball bets against the spread are the most common and popular type of wager.

College Basketball Against The Spread Betting

College Basketball against the spread betting is the most popular type of bet amongst college basketball bettors. The reason being, it levels either side of the match, so you can bet on the favorite or the underdog at viable odds. With so many one-sided matchups in college basketball, betting big negative favorites isn’t a smart long-term move and offers no value. Instead, you can bet the favorite to win by more than the spread line, as set by the sportsbook, or for the underdog to keep the game closer than the sportsbooks expect. However in those same spots, a big favorite could have to concede 20 or 30 points to a lesser opponent which is no easy task, particularly if they rest starters or get off to a slow start, so there is always value in taking the underdog at times too. Our experts have a college basketball bet against the spread pick alongside every match that we preview, so be sure to check out our college basketball against the spread bets today. 

College Basketball Over Under Betting

Betting the over under or points totals on college basketball is a bet on how many points will be scored in the game. If the line is set at 121.5 points and the match ends 65-60, then 125 total points are scored and the over cashes. If the score finished 63-55 then only 118 points were scored and unders backers will cash their tickets. Betting college basketball over unders offers a great alternative to betting on one side or the other on either the money line or against the spread. College basketball over under lines will typically be set anywhere between 110 and 180 points. The exciting thing with college basketball over under betting is that every possession and every shot counts. Each of our match previews will have full game analysis alongside a College Basketball Pick or College Basketball Prediction on the over under totals markets.  

College Basketball Player Prop Betting

College basketball prop bets are side wagers in which don’t directly bet on the outcome of the match itself. Instead, you are betting on the occurrence or non-occurrence of a specific event or stat line. The most common types of College Basketball Player Props are based around the three main performance metrics in points, assists, and rebounds, or at times a line which sets in which combines all three. These are great spots to wager on when you have highlighted a potential mismatch on the floor, such as a dominant center vs a team that bleeds points in the paint. While the lines will reflect these matchups, you can put in the research to find the best value spots for these plays. That’s exactly what we do here at Picksiwse, our experts spend hours researching player vs player matchups inside the game to highlight the best value plays across points, assists and rebounds markets.

College Basketball Team Prop Betting

College basketball team prop bets are similar to the player prop bets in that you aren’t directly betting on the outcome of a match. Instead, you are betting on the performance of one team. Again, this can be in many different ways, but the most common props will revolve around points, such as a team total points line, rather than a game total points line, or the team to score 20 points first for example. Being able to wager on one team or the other offers greater flexibility to your college basketball betting. You may like one team more than the other but at the same time not like the spread line, or don’t feel confident in the other team scoring enough points for the overs to hit on the match. 

College Basketball Parlay Betting

With so many games played on any given day in college basketball, it lends itself to parlay betting. While parlays are only ever advised as small plays to try and turn a big profit they are great fun side wagers and can turn big profits when they hit. College basketball parlays are a type of bet where you combine multiple selections into one bet. This means that all of the selections must win for the parlay bet to win. Even one loser amongst 6 picks, means your returns will be $0. The upside to a college basketball parlay, however, is that the odds of each selection multiply with one another, meaning you can get much bigger odds and potential winnings from one bet and stake. The most common market to add to parlays in college basketball betting is against the spread betting. You can expect odds of around +260 for a 2-team parlay, +600 for a 3 team parlay or +1100 for a 3-team parlay. With the odds and difficulty growing rapidly with each extra selection thereafter.

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