March Madness is the annual NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament to crown a champion for the season. 68 teams make the prestigious tournament, with four being eliminated in the First Four matchups that occur in the days leading up to the tournament.
March Madness Schedule Explained
Once the field is down to 64 teams, around the second or third week of March, the tournament tips off with half the teams playing on Thursday and the other half on Friday, for a grand total of 32 games within the two-day stretch. On Saturday, the second round starts; with the field at 32 teams, 16 games are played over the course of Saturday and Sunday to set up the Sweet 16 for the next round.
How to Bet on March Madness
March Madness is one of the most, bet-on tournaments/events in all of sports. There are many people that say March Madness spreads don’t matter. You’ll hear that a lot, but March Madness point spreads certainly do matter. There will be upsets, surely, but the amount of near-upsets there are is an even bigger number than actual upsets. This means you probably would’ve wanted to have the underdog on the spread rather than the more profitable moneyline.
You can also bet totals along with spreads and the moneyline. This might require a bit more research into the March Madness news and trends, but if you see two teams are offensive juggernauts that like to get up and down the floor, it might be worth a bet on the over. If you have two teams that slow the game down and their pace of play is in the bottom half of college basketball, consider a bet on the under.
Bet on March Madness Props
When betting March Madness, there are also props to bet on, in addition to single-game bets. You can bet futures on a team to win the entire tournament. If you’re not that sure, you can bet on a particular team to advance to at least a particular round.
Not sure if Villanova is going to advance to the championship game, but are confident they can make a deep run? Place a future bet for them to advance to the Elite 8 or the Final Four. It won’t be as profitable as betting them to win the tournament outright, but in some cases you can hedge your bet, if you decide to bet both.