Best College Basketball Betting System

Every sportsbettor worth a dang will be testing out the action when the NCAA’s March Madness men’s basketball tournament tips off. And every gambler worth a double dang will do more than haphazardly make random picks while doing so. The best of the best sports wagerers, in fact, never enter this hectically scheduled month without a plan—a system of approaches and ideals in place that guide their investments. [+]

It’s imperative to remain flexible even when you have a blueprint in place, of course. March Madness is notorious for its shocks, and you must roll with the punches as a result. Come to terms with this malleability beforehand, because you can’t avoid it. That’s the nature of the win-or-go-home, single-game beast the NCAA has created. 

At the bare minimum, if you’re not going to be flexible with your system, at least have said system in place. You cannot skate through the NCAA’s entire regular season and the early portion of its March Madness bracket, then expect to make money at the sportsbooks. That’s a half-baked scheme, one admittedly championed by too many bettors each and every year.

Be the exception to the majority. In some ways, you already are, just by reaching this space.

Scroll down, and you’ll find some tips to keep you in the know and put you in position to capitalize on informed opportunities during one of the biggest betting affairs of the entire year.

Best NCAA Betting Lines Today

This is where you can find each and every March Madness betting line. Our tool is consistently updated, so you can be sure you’re making decisions based off the most updated lines, no matter how many games are scheduled. [+]

That all of these odds can be found in spot, right on top of one another, also allows you to spot better opportunities in comparison to other games—the advantages of which cannot be overstated.

Nevertheless, always make sure you’re cross-checking these lines with those at your actual sportsbook. Odds vary by website, and while most adhere to the same general numbers, you’ll need to know whether your usual place is proving to be an exception.

Once you’ve double-checked the numbers, you should then place a bet as soon as possible. With so many games on the docket, the lines will move often and quickly. Oddsmakers have to adjust for an unpredictable amount of action on one bet or team, and low-spread matchups—think -2 and lower—can swap favorites and underdogs more than once before opening tip.

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Monday 12 November
FT MSV 61 - 100 New Hampshire
FT Detroit Titans 63 - 84 Butler Bulldogs
FT Campbell 73 - 81 Ohio Bobcats
FT Manhattan Jaspers 52 - 75 UMBC Retrievers
FT Heidelberg The 'Be. 83 - 106 Youngstown State
FT St. Bonaventure 72 - 80 Niagara -196 +170
FT Monmouth Hawks 63 - 78 St. Joseph´s Hawks +925 -1429
AOT Austin Peay 70 - 74 South Florida Bulls +105 -125
FT Bowling Green 61 - 72 VCU +300 -357
FT Mid-Atlantic Chris. 75 - 148 TCB
FT North Carolina A&T 59 - 82 Maryland Terrapins
FT Jacksonville State 61 - 76 Penn State +535 -714
FT Troy Trojans 75 - 84 Pittsburgh Panthers +185 -213
FT Stanford Cardinal 72 - 90 N.C. Tar Heels
FT Bridgewater Eagles 59 - 82 James Madison Dukes
FT Quincy Hawks 66 - 102 SMS
FT Kennesaw State Owls 60 - 74 Samford Bulldogs
FT Louisiana-Monroe 55 - 65 Texas Longhorns
FT Prairie View A&M 80 - 91 Baylor Bears
FT Middle Tennessee 73 - 92 Belmont Bruins +405 -500
FT American Eagles 51 - 63 Northwestern
FT Alabama A&M 59 - 73 Rice Owls
FT Northern Arizona 74 - 90 South Dakota +825 -1250
AOT Illinois-Chicago 88 - 89 Duquesne Dukes +230 -278
FT Texas Southern 73 - 85 Iowa State Cyclones
FT Oklahoma Sooners 87 - 67 Texas-San Antonio -417 +340
FT UC Davis 58 - 81 Arkansas Razorbacks
FT TLB 59 - 70 Incarnate Word
FT UOE 52 - 93 Central Arkansas
FT Pensacola Christia. 59 - 87 New Orleans
FT Buffalo Bulls 62 - 53 Southern Illinois -189 +165
FT Morgan State Bears 63 - 91 DePaul Blue Demons
FT Vermont Catamounts 68 - 84 Kansas Jayhawks
FT Denver Pioneers 56 - 64 Kansas State
FT Utah Utes 69 - 78 Minnesota +315 -370
FT Jacksonville 59 - 76 Grand Canyon
FT MTO 55 - 79 Montana Grizzlies
FT Long Beach State 58 - 90 Arizona State
FT SSS 54 - 88 San Francisco Dons
FT Life Pacific 53 - 87 UC Irvine
FT San Diego Torreros 63 - 66 Washington Huskies +410 -500
Tuesday 13 November
FT Wisconsin Badgers 77 - 68 Xavier Musketeers +113 -133
FT Southern Jaguars 54 - 104 Louisville
FT Pfeiffer Falcons 99 - 134 Winthrop Eagles
FT Tennessee Tech 83 - 97 SST
FT Mercer Bears 60 - 62 Georgia State +600 -833
FT Marist Red Foxes 72 - 78 Lehigh
FT Canisius 82 - 73 Bucknell Bison
FT George Mason 89 - 98 Georgia Southern +205 -244
FT Harvard Crimson 74 - 71 Massachusetts +145 -164
FT UMass Lowell 74 - 86 CBD
FT NCC 51 - 73 Cincinnati Bearcats
FT CUS 61 - 92 Chattanooga Mocs
FT HAR 52 - 97 TSM
AOT Western Michigan 85 - 77 Oakland +235 -278
FT UNC-Asheville 49 - 100 N.C. State Wolfpack
FT Stephen F. Austin 58 - 96 Miami Hurricanes
FT Norfolk State 64 - 81 South Carolina
FT Memphis Tigers 76 - 85 LSU Tigers +560 -714
FT Georgia Bulldogs 77 - 81 Temple Owls +195 -227
FT Holy Cross 61 - 70 Providence Friars
FT Rhode Island Rams 55 - 66 Charleston Cougars +125 -145
FT Chestnut Hill Grif. 62 - 100 Delaware
FT NC-Greensboro 82 - 61 UNC-Wilmington -345 +290
FT Wisconsin-Milwaukee 83 - 86 FGP +220 -256
FT CBC 35 - 94 Wofford Terriers
FT Trinity Baptist 44 - 104 Bethune-Cookman
FT Manchester Spartans 65 - 111 IPFW Mastodons
FT Delaware State 62 - 91 Loyola-Maryland
FT Shawnee State Bears 69 - 90 Kent State
AOT Gardner-Webb 86 - 88 Furman Paladins
FT Longwood Lancers 66 - 63 MSH
FT Lefayette Leopards 61 - 91 Pennsylvania
FT Urbana Blue Knights 65 - 94 Cleveland State
FT LIU-Brooklyn 89 - 87 Fairfield Stags
FT SCS 72 - 89 Charleston Southern
FT SLL 40 - 59 Texas Tech
FT Harding Bison 58 - 89 Louisiana Tech
FT North Alabama Lions 58 - 69 St. Louis Billikens
FT Coastal Carolina 76 - 81 Tulane Green Wave +175 -204
FT CBL 70 - 69 Oral Roberts
FT Chicago State 71 - 75 Illinois State
FT Little Rock 83 - 67 Tennessee State +215 -256
FT Drake Bulldogs 71 - 100 Colorado Buffaloes +875 -1250
FT TNT 40 - 93 Liberty Flames
FT Georgetown Hoyas 88 - 80 Illinois +300 -357
FT Northwestern State 57 - 82 Brigham Young
FT Iona Gaels 83 - 90 New Mexico Lobos +210 -250
FT Pepperdine Waves 80 - 88 Northern Colorado +375 -455
FT Northridge Matadors 64 - 79 Loyola Marymount +775 -1111
FT Georgia Tech 53 - 66 Tennessee
FT MIS 59 - 94 Utah State Aggies
FT Nicholls State 83 - 80 Idaho Vandals
FT Hampton Pirates 66 - 80 California
FT CAL 51 - 72 UNLV Rebels +725 -1000
FT CSW 66 - 91 Pacific Tigers
FT CLK 32 - 88 Santa Barbara
Wednesday 14 November
FT St. Francis (N.Y.) 66 - 88 Richmond Spiders
FT Michigan Wolverines 73 - 46 Villanova Wildcats +240 -286
FT Kean Cougars 40 - 73 New Jersey Tech
FT EWT 83 - 95 North Florida
FT LSH 56 - 122 Vermont Catamounts
FT Toledo Rockets 74 - 84 Wright State +145 -164
FT SCS 72 - 78 VMI Keydets
FT Mount St. Mary's 75 - 98 Marshall
FT QCK 48 - 87 Fairleigh Dickinson
FT Coppin State Eagles 58 - 77 Navy Midshipmen
FT McKendree Bearcats 63 - 80 Indiana State
FT St. Peter's 63 - 71 Bryant Bulldogs
FT La Salle Explorers 69 - 82 Florida Gators
FT FCC 60 - 137 TCB
FT Louisiana-Monroe 59 - 80 Michigan State
FT North Carolina A&T 72 - 92 Hofstra Pride
FT Bryn Athyn Lion 41 - 118 Drexel Dragons
FT IUPUI Jaguars 76 - 69 Boston College
FT Sam Houston State 59 - 74 Clemson Tigers
FT Eastern Michigan 46 - 84 Duke Blue Devils
FT Radford Highlanders 63 - 60 Notre Dame
FT Miles Golden Bears 57 - 66 Samford Bulldogs
FT Boston Uni. Terries 71 - 61 Albany Great Danes
FT Seton Hall Pirates 57 - 80 Nebraska +270 -323
FT Niagara 62 - 75 Loyola-Chicago +925 -1429
FT New Orleans 68 - 75 UAB Blazers
FT Jacksonville State 65 - 74 Bradley Braves +205 -244
FT BIR 44 - 86 Alabama State
FT Rice Owls 68 - 79 Houston Cougars
FT Western Carolina 65 - 98 SMM
FT Mississippi Colleg. 52 - 103 Auburn Tigers
FT Texas-San Antonio 60 - 82 Oklahoma State +675 -909
FT Northern Arizona 76 - 66 Nebraska Omaha +285 -345
FT UTEP Miners 46 - 79 Arizona Wildcats
FT Marquette 73 - 96 Indiana Hoosiers +200 -238
FT St. Mary´s Gaels 73 - 58 New Mexico State
FT North Dakota 58 - 96 Kentucky Wildcats
FT Montana State 77 - 81 Colorado State Rams +635 -833
FT Grambling Tigers 78 - 86 Wyoming Cowboys
FT Washington State 69 - 78 Seattle Redhawks
FT Stetson Hatters 59 - 95 Southern California
FT Texas Southern 64 - 103 San Diego State
Thursday 15 November
FT St. Joseph´s Hawks 89 - 69 Wake Forest -154 +135
FT Ball State 64 - 73 Virginia Tech +355 -417
FT Boyce Bulldogs 49 - 102 Presbyterian
FT Cal State Fullerton 52 - 68 UCF +170 -196
FT Northeastern 68 - 52 Alabama +165 -189
FT Appalachian State 70 - 92 Purdue Boilermakers +825 -1250
FT Valparaiso 71 - 83 Western Kentucky +250 -303
FT CSB 55 - 67 Central Michigan +105 -125
FT Connecticut Huskies 83 - 76 Syracuse Orange +270 -323
FT Central Arkansas 71 - 97 Pittsburgh Panthers
FT Monmouth Hawks 53 - 71 West Virginia
FT Davidson Wildcats 57 - 53 Wichita State -196 +170
FT Hartford Hawks 68 - 54 Quinnipiac Bobcats
Ppd Lincoln Lions 19:00 Morgan State Bears
FT Southern Miss 81 - 66 Troy Trojans +105 -125
FT Ohio State Buckeyes 69 - 60 Creighton Bluejays -145 +125
FT CBC 57 - 92 Tennessee State
FT NCC 60 - 75 Bowling Green
FT Delaware 73 - 56 Cornell Big Red +130 -149
FT Milligan Buffaloes 71 - 98 Elon Phoenix
FT NGC 67 - 107 Furman Paladins
FT KWP 72 - 92 Evansville
FT FCC 47 - 97 Bethune-Cookman
FT Belmont Bruins 87 - 83 Lipscomb Bison
AOT William & Mary 95 - 100 Illinois-Chicago +115 -135
FT Weber State 85 - 77 San Jose State -556 +445
FT Oral Roberts 65 - 85 Brigham Young
FT MIS 63 - 98 Utah Utes
FT Abilene Christian 67 - 61 Denver Pioneers
FT Pacific Tigers 83 - 76 Idaho State Bengals -141 +120
FT Fresno State 69 - 77 TCU Horned Frogs +430 -526
AOT Penn State 70 - 72 DePaul Blue Demons -120 +100
FT Oregon Ducks 69 - 77 Iowa Hawkeyes -179 +160
FT SDC 47 - 95 San Diego Torreros
FT UC Irvine 61 - 49 Santa Clara Broncos -435 +370
FT Texas A&M Aggies 71 - 94 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Friday 16 November
FT Incarnate Word 66 - 93 Montana Grizzlies
FT Wake Forest 66 - 59 Cal State Fullerton -141 +120
FT Virginia Tech 88 - 60 Northeastern -303 +250
FT Austin Peay 80 - 78 CBD
FT Nicholls State 54 - 81 Baylor Bears
FT CBL 79 - 82 Tulsa
FT Old Dominion 56 - 61 Oregon State
FT St. Joseph´s Hawks 57 - 77 UCF
FT Ball State 61 - 79 Alabama
FT Florida A&M 59 - 66 Campbell
FT North Dakota State 78 - 89 Miami Redhawks
AOT Air Force Falcons 72 - 77 UMBC Retrievers
FT Kennesaw State Owls 52 - 55 Missouri Tigers
FT Ohio Bobcats 46 - 73 South Florida Bulls
FT Coastal Carolina 53 - 55 Manhattan Jaspers
FT Appalachian State 76 - 82 Wichita State +235 -278
FT Syracuse Orange 65 - 80 Oregon Ducks -132 +111
FT Georgia Southern 80 - 70 Florida Atlantic
FT Army Black Knights 78 - 79 Sacred Heart
FT UMKC Kangaroos 89 - 99 Morehead State
FT SMS 77 - 71 Jacksonville -145 +125
FT Norther Iowa 71 - 78 Pennsylvania +110 -130
FT FGP 77 - 83 Fordham Rams
FT South Dakota 56 - 60 High Point Panthers -333
FT Holy Cross 84 - 70 Stony Brook
FT Connecticut Huskies 72 - 91 Iowa Hawkeyes +160 -179
FT Valparaiso 64 - 53 Monmouth Hawks -238 +200
FT Purdue Boilermakers 79 - 58 Davidson Wildcats -323 +270
FT Vermont Catamounts 78 - 86 Louisville
FT Gardner-Webb 97 - 77 SST
FT Harvard Crimson 74 - 76 Rhode Island Rams +170 -196
FT Chicago State 46 - 87 Akron Zips
FT SCS 69 - 84 Cleveland State
FT UT Martin 60 - 77 Mercer Bears +215 -256
FT Wisconsin-Milwaukee 63 - 74 Cincinnati Bearcats
FT Howard Bison 68 - 63 Massachusetts
FT Loyola-Maryland 67 - 81 Temple Owls
FT IPFW Mastodons 80 - 91 Dayton Flyers +575 -769
FT IUPUI Jaguars 70 - 78 Richmond Spiders +330 -400
FT Sam Houston State 64 - 75 Georgia Bulldogs
FT Hofstra Pride 69 - 80 Maryland Terrapins +700 -1000
FT UNC-Asheville 50 - 77 Northern Kentucky
FT Delaware State 73 - 89 Longwood Lancers
FT Liberty Flames 77 - 70 Kent State
FT New Hampshire 44 - 68 American Eagles
FT Binghamton Bearcats 54 - 82 Northwestern
FT St. John's 84 - 65 Rutgers -169 +150
FT Coppin State Eagles 40 - 97 Virginia Cavaliers
FT Tennessee Tech 58 - 108 N.C. Tar Heels
FT Loyola Marymount 65 - 52 Georgetown Hoyas +240 -286
FT East Carolina 54 - 79 Georgia Tech +1025 -1667
FT James Madison Dukes 64 - 59 Charlotte 49ers -159 +139
FT Loyola (LA) 79 - 78 McNeese State
FT Eastern Kentucky 68 - 95 Kansas State
FT Charleston Southern 73 - 76 Middle Tennessee
FT UMass Lowell 74 - 82 Brown Bears
AOT Green Bay 82 - 78 Eastern Washington +170 -196
FT TCB 69 - 97 Texas Longhorns
FT Alcorn State Braves 54 - 79 Vanderbilt
FT Grambling Tigers 64 - 80 Loyola-Chicago
FT Spalding Pelicans 36 - 106 Murray State Racers
FT Chattanooga Mocs 54 - 73 South Alabama +405 -500
FT Towson Tigers 65 - 74 Pepperdine Waves +148 -169
FT UL Lafayette 76 - 89 Kansas Jayhawks
FT South Dakota State 78 - 84 Florida Gulf Coast
FT TCI 73 - 67 Texas-Arlington
FT Mississippi Rebels 76 - 83 Butler Bulldogs +405 -500
FT Louisiana Tech 67 - 74 LSU Tigers +635 -833
FT Youngstown State 94 - 83 Columbia Lions +405 -500
FT Norfolk State 58 - 61 Siena Saints +175 -204
FT Princeton Tigers 57 - 72 Lehigh
FT Central Michigan 76 - 78 Weber State -149 +130
FT Utah Valley 46 - 65 Utah State Aggies
FT Niagara 72 - 67 Wyoming Cowboys +260 -313
FT Arkansas State 72 - 96 Grand Canyon
FT Long Beach State 51 - 79 Mississippi State
FT Nebraska Omaha 75 - 79 Colorado Buffaloes
Ppd Arizona State 21:00 San Francisco Dons
FT Western Kentucky 63 - 57 West Virginia +270 -323
Ppd Cal Poly Mustangs 21:05 Sacramento State +265 -313
FT Jackson State 53 - 70 Boise State Broncos
Ppd Wofford Terriers 22:00 Stanford Cardinal +220 -256
FT Oakland 61 - 74 UNLV Rebels +295 -357
FT St. Francis (Pa.) 58 - 95 UCLA Bruins
FT Little Rock 59 - 87 Nevada Wolf Pack
Saturday 17 November
AOT Incarnate Word 80 - 78 North Dakota State +725 -1000
FT George Washington 61 - 84 Michigan Wolverines
FT North Alabama Lions 66 - 71 Pittsburgh Panthers
FT Radford Highlanders 64 - 69 Duquesne Dukes
FT William & Mary 64 - 73 Notre Dame +600 -833
FT Presbyterian 55 - 74 Marquette
FT Wagner Seahawks 79 - 73 Fairfield Stags
FT Bethune-Cookman 70 - 78 Miami Hurricanes
FT Aquinas Saints 52 - 99 Western Michigan
FT Maine Black Bears 63 - 82 N.C. State Wolfpack
FT Towson Tigers 71 - 85 Florida Atlantic +115 -135
FT E. Tennessee State 76 - 74 Winthrop Eagles
FT South Carolina 67 - 76 Providence Friars +110 -130
FT Boston Uni. Terries 62 - 80 Eastern Michigan
FT TSM 69 - 75 Drake Bulldogs +105 -125
FT Prairie View A&M 67 - 74 Lamar Cardinals
FT Northwestern State 74 - 102 Rice Owls
FT Illinois Tech Scar. 66 - 73 Northern Illinois
FT North Florida 72 - 89 Wright State
AOT TCI 54 - 57 UC Davis
FT Old Dominion 65 - 47 Kennesaw State Owls -1250 +825
FT Albany Great Danes 75 - 66 Canisius
FT Army Black Knights 85 - 92 UMass Lowell
FT Youngstown State 61 - 67 Fordham Rams +245 -294
FT Hiwassee College 55 - 94 Western Carolina
FT Drexel Dragons 89 - 84 La Salle Explorers +475 -588
FT Cornell Big Red 86 - 73 New Jersey Tech
FT Southern Jaguars 65 - 69 George Mason
FT Minnesota Morris C. 58 - 112 North Dakota
FT Green Bay 87 - 70 Morehead State +103 -123
FT Coastal Carolina 78 - 52 UNC-Asheville -400 +330
AOT Furman Paladins 76 - 68 Villanova Wildcats +875 -1250
FT Stetson Hatters 57 - 69 SLL
FT Montana State 69 - 88 Santa Barbara +405 -500
FT Montana Grizzlies 73 - 71 Miami Redhawks -400 +330
FT Chattanooga Mocs 42 - 63 SMS
FT Norther Iowa 90 - 85 Eastern Kentucky -400 +330
FT Alabama A&M 60 - 91 Brigham Young
FT New Mexico State 98 - 94 New Mexico Lobos
FT MSH 34 - 68 North Texas
FT Sacred Heart 77 - 82 Brown Bears
FT FGP 98 - 87 Columbia Lions -145 +125
FT CSB 73 - 72 San Jose State -400 +330
AOT Eastern Washington 87 - 80 UMKC Kangaroos -385 +330
FT UC Merced Bobcats 53 - 63 CAL
FT MIS 59 - 68 Robert Morris
FT Manhattan Jaspers 53 - 59 Northern Kentucky
FT Lipscomb Bison 79 - 73 SMM
FT Arkansas-Pine Bluff 48 - 78 Southern Illinois
AOT Yale Bulldogs 102 - 109 Memphis Tigers +175 -204
FT Bradley Braves 70 - 71 Illinois-Chicago -130 +109
FT St. Louis Billikens 66 - 64 Seton Hall Pirates +205 -244
FT FIS 61 - 113 Tennessee State
AOT Western Illinois 66 - 68 Eastern Illinois +105 -125
FT Houston Baptist 59 - 96 Wisconsin Badgers
FT Jacksonville 71 - 48 South Alabama +600 -769
FT Georgia Southern 88 - 78 Pepperdine Waves -238 +200
FT Norfolk State 65 - 72 Stony Brook +240 -286
FT UMBC Retrievers 68 - 59 High Point Panthers -145 +125
FT Portland Pilots 80 - 77 Northridge Matadors -125 +105
FT Willamette Bearcats 61 - 125 Portland State
Sunday 18 November
FT Youngstown State 93 - 102 FGP +320 -385
AOT South Florida Bulls 73 - 76 Georgetown Hoyas +315 -370
FT Texas Southern 63 - 85 Evansville
FT UC Davis 59 - 68 Texas-Arlington +145 -164
FT UMass Lowell 90 - 94 Sacred Heart
FT Alabama 90 - 86 Wichita State -196 +170
FT Warren Wilson Owls 57 - 123 NCC
FT Bryant Bulldogs 79 - 83 Navy Midshipmen
FT Austin Peay 72 - 78 Campbell -130 +110
FT St. Francis (N.Y.) 84 - 72 Lefayette Leopards
FT Wofford Terriers 64 - 75 Oklahoma Sooners +405 -500
FT SCS 61 - 89 Ohio State Buckeyes
FT WWi 40 - 70 Delaware
FT AYJ 74 - 113 UNC-Wilmington
FT Central Arkansas 77 - 82 Troy Trojans
FT Chattanooga Mocs 66 - 74 Jacksonville
FT Indiana Hoosiers 72 - 73 Arkansas Razorbacks -164 +145
FT UNC-Asheville 38 - 54 Manhattan Jaspers +200 -238
FT Southern Utah 73 - 70 Seattle Redhawks
FT Alcorn State Braves 48 - 79 Kent State
FT Charleston Cougars 58 - 70 Oklahoma State +200 -238
FT Mount St. Mary's 77 - 92 Maryland Terrapins
FT Army Black Knights 66 - 86 Brown Bears
FT Samford Bulldogs 73 - 60 Cleveland State +115 -135
FT Columbia Lions 69 - 70 Fordham Rams +115 -135
FT Bethesda Universit. 59 - 87 Idaho Vandals
Oregon State 17:30 Missouri Tigers -164 +145
Tennessee Tech 18:00 Michigan State
VMI Keydets 18:00 Kentucky Wildcats
Coastal Carolina 18:00 Northern Kentucky +335 -400
Ohio Bobcats 19:30 Loyola Marymount +195 -227
Santa Clara Broncos 20:00 Washington Huskies
West Alabama Tigers 20:00 UAB Blazers
Florida A&M 21:00 CBD +355 -417
LIU-Brooklyn 22:00 San Francisco Dons
Minnesota 22:30 Texas A&M Aggies -189 +165
Northern Arizona 23:00 Hawaii Warriors +375 -455

Best College Basketball Betting Picks

Looking for some tips on how to discern the best-possible March Madness picks?

Well, you have come to the right place! Peruse this how-to list of advice topics, each of which is aimed at better arming you to make quick, efficient and hopefully winning bets!

Don’t Swing for the Fences in the First Round

Look, we get it: The odds on a No. 16 seed upending a No. 1 seed, or a No. 15 seed surging through a No. 2 seed, are often too good to pass up.

Pass on them anyway.

Upsets happen, but unless you’ve watched both squads in a particular first-round date extensively, don’t place a good amount of your chips in a surprise outcome. Even if you feel strongly, it’s often best to wait out the underdog in question, to see whether they have enough juice to make it out of the first round. Remember, it’s often the bets make that you regret more than the wagers you don’t.

This isn’t to say you should go completely chalk in the first round. That’s a solid, if slightly flawed, system when you are dealing with the No. 13 seeded vs. No. 4 seeded matchups and higher. 

If you are really itching to swing for the fence in the first, bet a beyond inconsequential amount you expect to lose. That, or target huge spreads (+15 and higher) you don’t believe the favorite in question will cover. 

Take Historical Results Seriously

They say history is destined to repeat itself, and that subject matter holds true during March Madness.

Your biggest underdog investments should be focused on teams that place between fifth and ninth in their respective brackets. Squads that rank lower are unlikely to go deep into the tournament. Even if they do, you can all but guarantee they won’t be making it to the championship round.

Dating back almost 40 years, to 1979, no team seeded lower than eighth has surived the Final Four. Take this into account when picking an underdog—both on the futures front, as well as during late-tournament single-game plays.

Conversely, you shouldn’t become too enamored with No. 1 seeds. The returns on their futures usually aren’t great, and they are by no means assured of making it to the championship round.

It doesn’t matter that, entering 2017, seven of the last 10 champions were first-place teams. You’re dealing with four top-seeded teams per tournament. That’s a pool of 40 options during this 10-year span, and seldom do two No. 1 seeds make it to the final show.

To wit: Of those 40 No. 1 seeds since 2007, 10 have made it to the championship round. That’s a hit rate of 25 percent—not nearly high enough for you to funnel most of your purse into the top-ranked outfits without considering other seeds.

Milk the Hot Hand

Because March Madness doesn’t traffic in best-of-seven series, place stock in streaky squads that have played well through the first two rounds and into the Sweet 16.

This shouldn’t guide every single one of your bets, but we’re dealing with a tournament that favors immediacy and rewards scorching-hot streaks.

You should be doing the same thing with your single-game wagers in later rounds.