Understanding the NCAAB Schedule
The NCAA Division I basketball season starts just after the NBA regular season, around early November, and concludes with the start of the NCAA Tournament, better known as “March Madness.” Many conference tournaments are held in March and the NCAA national championship game is in early April. NCAA basketball odds are widely available for most of the year, though March Madness is when the sportsbooks get really busy.
Main Events for 2022-23 Season
The NCAA Tournament or March Madness remains the most popular thing about college men’s basketball. This is a single-elimination tournament that is famous for the numerous upsets it brings. Fans, media members and bettors all fill up brackets as an annual tradition, which can also be a contest on the online sportsbook.
Prior to March Madness, conference tournaments are held and these can be just as exhilarating as March Madness, especially when they come from the big five conferences: the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.
3 Tips Before Betting NCAA Basketball
They don’t call it “Madness” for no reason. If you bet on NCAA basketball, be prepared for upsets. Even during the regular season, favorites will fall and underdogs will wreak havoc. Keep in mind some tips to help yourself on the betting lines:
- Bet the lines, not the teams. It is easy to fall for the big-name teams like North Carolina and UCLA, but they may be overestimated on the betting lines thanks to their popularity. Alternatively, lesser-known teams may get a more valuable line.
- Check the stats with the NCAAB schedule and matchups. How does each team perform on the point spreads? Moneyline? Totals? This should be a mandatory step before wagering.
- Factor intangibles that will affect how a game plays out. An intangible is something like a conference rivalry or a team’s history. Even if there is a large favorite, the underdog may make the game close or win outright under the right circumstances.