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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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 20 January
Yale Bulldogs 12:00 Howard Bison -5000 +2250
CBD 15:30 Fairleigh Dickinson +575 -833
NCC 16:00 Florida A&M +115 -135
Charlotte 49ers 16:00 Old Dominion +170 -189
LIU-Brooklyn 16:00 Wagner Seahawks -125 +105
Sacred Heart 17:00 Robert Morris +105 -125
Southern Jaguars 17:00 MIS -323 +265
High Point Panthers 18:00 SCS +235 -278
Texas Longhorns 19:00 West Virginia +345 -417
UNC-Asheville 19:00 Longwood Lancers -120 +100
Winthrop Eagles 19:00 Radford Highlanders +125 -145
St. Francis (N.Y.) 19:00 Mount St. Mary's +180 -217
Bucknell Bison 19:00 Colgate Raiders +415 -526
Hampton Pirates 19:00 Gardner-Webb +313 -370
N.C. State Wolfpack 19:00 Virginia Cavaliers +170 -196
Campbell 19:00 Presbyterian -154 +135
MSH 19:30 SCS +488 -667
North Carolina A&T 19:30 Morgan State Bears +135 -154
Rice Owls 20:00 North Texas +670 -1000
Prairie View A&M 20:30 Jackson State -154 +135
Alcorn State Braves 20:30 Arkansas-Pine Bluff -164 +145
Texas Southern 20:30 Grambling Tigers -115 -105
Oklahoma Sooners 21:00 Baylor Bears +438 -556
Weber State 22:05 Portland State +145 -164
Tuesday 21 January
Illinois 19:00 Purdue Boilermakers
Butler Bulldogs 19:00 Villanova Wildcats
Eastern Michigan 19:00 Bowling Green
Toledo Rockets 19:00 Ohio Bobcats
Maryland Terrapins 19:00 Northwestern
Northern Illinois 19:00 Kent State
Kansas State 19:00 Kansas Jayhawks
Georgia Bulldogs 19:00 Kentucky Wildcats
Florida Gators 19:00 LSU Tigers
Akron Zips 19:00 Miami Redhawks
Wichita State 19:00 South Florida Bulls
Western Michigan 19:00 Buffalo Bulls
Oklahoma State 20:00 Iowa State Cyclones
Texas Tech 20:00 TCU Horned Frogs
Wake Forest 20:00 Clemson Tigers
Mississippi Rebels 21:00 Tennessee
VCU 21:00 St. Joseph´s Hawks
Texas A&M Aggies 21:00 Missouri Tigers
St. John's 21:00 Marquette
Miami Hurricanes 21:00 Duke Blue Devils
Nebraska 21:00 Wisconsin Badgers
San Jose State 22:00 New Mexico Lobos
Wyoming Cowboys 23:00 San Diego State
Air Force Falcons 23:00 Utah State Aggies
Wednesday 22 January
Georgetown Hoyas 18:30 Xavier Musketeers
UMass Lowell 19:00 Albany Great Danes
George Washington 19:00 Fordham Rams
La Salle Explorers 19:00 Richmond Spiders
Navy Midshipmen 19:00 Boston Uni. Terries
St. Bonaventure 19:00 Dayton Flyers
Penn State 19:00 Michigan Wolverines
Cincinnati Bearcats 19:00 Temple Owls
Duquesne Dukes 19:00 Rhode Island Rams
Drake Bulldogs 19:00 Evansville
Vermont Catamounts 19:00 Maine Black Bears
Massachusetts 19:00 George Mason
Samford Bulldogs 19:00 Furman Paladins
Georgia Tech 19:00 Louisville
Syracuse Orange 19:00 Notre Dame
American Eagles 19:00 Loyola-Maryland
Army Black Knights 19:00 Lefayette Leopards
Western Kentucky 19:00 Marshall
Western Carolina 19:00 Mercer Bears
TCB 19:00 Chattanooga Mocs
St. Louis Billikens 19:00 Davidson Wildcats
UMBC Retrievers 19:00 Hartford Hawks
South Carolina 19:00 Auburn Tigers
Manhattan Jaspers 19:00 Marist Red Foxes
Arkansas Razorbacks 19:00 Mississippi State
VMI Keydets 19:00 Wofford Terriers
Binghamton Bearcats 19:00 Stony Brook
Lehigh 19:05 Holy Cross
Stephen F. Austin 19:30 Northwestern State
Troy Trojans 19:30 Little Rock
Indiana State 20:00 Loyola-Chicago
East Carolina 20:00 SMM
Houston Baptist 20:00 Nicholls State
New Orleans 20:00 TCI
Lamar Cardinals 20:00 Incarnate Word
McNeese State 20:00 SLL
N.C. Tar Heels 20:00 Virginia Tech
Illinois State 20:00 Bradley Braves
North Dakota State 20:00 South Dakota State
Abilene Christian 20:30 Sam Houston State
Providence Friars 20:30 Seton Hall Pirates
Fresno State 21:00 Colorado State Rams
Alabama 21:00 Vanderbilt
Memphis Tigers 21:00 Tulsa
Rutgers 21:00 Iowa Hawkeyes
Norther Iowa 21:00 Southern Illinois
Creighton Bluejays 21:00 DePaul Blue Demons
Boston College 21:00 Pittsburgh Panthers
Cal State Fullerton 22:00 UC Davis
Northridge Matadors 22:00 Santa Barbara
Chicago State 22:00 CBL
UC Irvine 22:00 Long Beach State
UNLV Rebels 23:00 Nevada Wolf Pack
Thursday 23 January
Radford Highlanders 18:00 UNC-Asheville
Minnesota 18:30 Ohio State Buckeyes
Delaware 18:30 Hofstra Pride
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 19:00 Youngstown State
Florida Atlantic 19:00 Charlotte 49ers
FGP 19:00 Old Dominion
Campbell 19:00 Hampton Pirates
Liberty Flames 19:00 North Florida
New Jersey Tech 19:00 Stetson Hatters
IUPUI Jaguars 19:00 Detroit Titans
North Alabama Lions 19:00 Kennesaw State Owls
Belmont Bruins 19:00 Murray State Racers
Gardner-Webb 19:00 High Point Panthers
Sacred Heart 19:00 CBD
SCS 19:00 Winthrop Eagles
James Madison Dukes 19:00 William & Mary
St. Francis (Pa.) 19:00 LIU-Brooklyn
Illinois-Chicago 19:00 Oakland
Green Bay 19:00 Cleveland State
Drexel Dragons 19:00 Northeastern
Towson Tigers 19:00 Elon Phoenix
Robert Morris 19:00 St. Francis (N.Y.)
Wagner Seahawks 19:00 Bryant Bulldogs
Jacksonville 19:30 Lipscomb Bison
Louisiana Tech 19:30 Middle Tennessee
Presbyterian 19:30 Charleston Southern
UTEP Miners 20:00 Rice Owls
Southern Miss 20:00 UAB Blazers
Texas-San Antonio 20:00 North Texas
Denver Pioneers 20:00 North Dakota
South Alabama 20:00 Arkansas State
IPFW Mastodons 20:00 South Dakota
Western Illinois 20:00 Nebraska Omaha
Washington Huskies 20:00 Utah Utes
UT Martin 20:30 Eastern Illinois
Valparaiso 20:30 Missouri State
Eastern Kentucky 20:30 Jacksonville State
Michigan State 20:30 Indiana Hoosiers
Morehead State 20:30 Tennessee Tech
SMS 20:30 SIU-Edwardsville
Connecticut Huskies 21:00 Houston Cougars
Montana State 21:00 Weber State
Montana Grizzlies 21:00 Idaho State Bengals
Seattle Redhawks 21:00 Grand Canyon
Tennessee State 21:00 Austin Peay
Portland Pilots 22:00 Loyola Marymount
Utah Valley 22:00 CSB
Cal Poly Mustangs 22:00 CAL
Brigham Young 22:00 Pacific Tigers
Pepperdine Waves 22:00 Santa Clara Broncos
Washington State 22:00 Colorado Buffaloes
Portland State 22:05 Sacramento State
San Francisco Dons 22:30 St. Mary´s Gaels
UCLA Bruins 23:00 Oregon State
Southern California 23:00 Oregon Ducks
Friday 24 January
Kent State 18:30 Buffalo Bulls
Wisconsin Badgers 19:00 Purdue Boilermakers
Yale Bulldogs 19:00 Brown Bears
Niagara 19:00 Monmouth Hawks
Fairfield Stags 19:00 Quinnipiac Bobcats
Marist Red Foxes 19:00 Siena Saints
Canisius 19:00 Iona Gaels
St. Peter's 19:00 Rider Broncs
Northern Kentucky 21:00 Wright State
Marquette 21:00 Butler Bulldogs
Saturday 25 January
Lefayette Leopards 12:00 Lehigh
Iowa State Cyclones 12:00 Auburn Tigers
Missouri Tigers 12:00 West Virginia
Pittsburgh Panthers 12:00 Syracuse Orange
Illinois 12:00 Michigan Wolverines
Miami Hurricanes 12:00 N.C. Tar Heels
VCU 12:00 La Salle Explorers
Delaware 12:00 Northeastern
Villanova Wildcats 13:00 Providence Friars
Maine Black Bears 13:00 UMBC Retrievers
Illinois-Chicago 13:00 Detroit Titans
Mercer Bears 13:00 VMI Keydets
Furman Paladins 13:00 TCB
Army Black Knights 13:30 Navy Midshipmen
Virginia Tech 14:00 Boston College
Green Bay 14:00 Youngstown State
Colgate Raiders 14:00 American Eagles
Appalachian State 14:00 Coastal Carolina
Temple Owls 14:00 Pennsylvania
Clemson Tigers 14:00 Louisville
Presbyterian 14:00 Winthrop Eagles
Eastern Michigan 14:00 Miami Redhawks
Bradley Braves 14:00 Indiana State
Mississippi State 14:00 Oklahoma Sooners
LSU Tigers 14:00 Texas Longhorns
Duquesne Dukes 14:00 Massachusetts
St. John's 14:00 DePaul Blue Demons
Nebraska 14:00 Rutgers
Boston Uni. Terries 14:05 Holy Cross
Hartford Hawks 15:00 Albany Great Danes
IUPUI Jaguars 15:00 Oakland
Louisiana Tech 15:00 UAB Blazers
Southern Illinois 15:00 Illinois State
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 15:00 Cleveland State
Denver Pioneers 15:00 North Dakota State
NC-Greensboro 15:00 Samford Bulldogs
Rhode Island Rams 15:00 St. Bonaventure
Akron Zips 15:30 Ohio Bobcats
Fairleigh Dickinson 15:30 Sacred Heart
Wagner Seahawks 15:30 CBD
SLL 16:00 Northwestern State
Liberty Flames 16:00 Stetson Hatters
New Hampshire 16:00 Binghamton Bearcats
Florida A&M 16:00 Howard Bison
Columbia Lions 16:00 Cornell Big Red
Tennessee 16:00 Kansas Jayhawks
Drexel Dragons 16:00 Hofstra Pride
Chattanooga Mocs 16:00 E. Tennessee State
Oklahoma State 16:00 Texas A&M Aggies
N.C. State Wolfpack 16:00 Georgia Tech
SMM 16:00 Memphis Tigers
TCU Horned Frogs 16:00 Arkansas Razorbacks
FGP 16:00 Charlotte 49ers
Bethune-Cookman 16:00 North Carolina A&T
Hampton Pirates 16:00 Radford Highlanders
St. Joseph´s Hawks 16:00 George Washington
St. Francis (Pa.) 16:00 St. Francis (N.Y.)
Delaware State 16:00 NCC
James Madison Dukes 16:00 Elon Phoenix
Morgan State Bears 16:00 Coppin State Eagles
Little Rock 16:00 South Alabama
UNC-Asheville 16:00 SCS
Abilene Christian 16:00 Central Arkansas
Towson Tigers 16:00 William & Mary
Western Michigan 16:00 Northern Illinois
UNC-Wilmington 16:00 Charleston Cougars
SMS 16:15 Eastern Illinois
Ball State 16:30 Central Michigan
Robert Morris 16:30 LIU-Brooklyn
Houston Baptist 16:30 McNeese State
Jacksonville 16:30 Kennesaw State Owls
Charleston Southern 16:30 Gardner-Webb
Oral Roberts 16:30 South Dakota
Air Force Falcons 17:00 San Jose State
North Florida 17:00 Lipscomb Bison
Brigham Young 17:00 San Francisco Dons
Belmont Bruins 17:00 Austin Peay
Georgia State 17:00 Georgia Southern
Northern Colorado 17:00 Idaho Vandals
Bryant Bulldogs 17:00 Mount St. Mary's
Southern California 17:00 Oregon State
Texas-Arlington 17:00 TSM
Morehead State 17:00 Jacksonville State
Southern Utah 17:05 Eastern Washington
Arkansas State 17:15 Troy Trojans
TCI 17:15 Incarnate Word
Stephen F. Austin 17:30 Lamar Cardinals
Mississippi Rebels 17:30 Georgia Bulldogs
UT Martin 17:30 SIU-Edwardsville
Dayton Flyers 18:00 Richmond Spiders
Tulane Green Wave 18:00 East Carolina
George Mason 18:00 Davidson Wildcats
Kansas State 18:00 Alabama
Santa Clara Broncos 18:00 San Diego Torreros
Kentucky Wildcats 18:00 Texas Tech
Portland State 18:00 Northern Arizona
UTEP Miners 18:00 North Texas
Southern Miss 18:00 Middle Tennessee
Alabama A&M 18:30 Alcorn State Braves
SCS 18:30 Norfolk State
Grambling Tigers 18:30 Jackson State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 18:30 Prairie View A&M
Alabama State 18:30 Southern Jaguars
Florida Atlantic 19:00 Old Dominion
Bowling Green 19:00 Toledo Rockets
Loyola-Maryland 19:00 Bucknell Bison
Harvard Crimson 19:00 Dartmouth Big Green
New Jersey Tech 19:00 Florida Gulf Coast
Longwood Lancers 19:00 High Point Panthers
Wofford Terriers 19:00 Western Carolina
Nicholls State 19:00 New Orleans
Washington State 19:00 Utah Utes
UMass Lowell 19:00 Vermont Catamounts
Marshall 19:30 Western Kentucky
Louisiana-Monroe 20:00 UL Lafayette
UCF 20:00 Wichita State
Boise State Broncos 20:00 Fresno State
New Mexico Lobos 20:00 Nevada Wolf Pack
Notre Dame 20:00 Florida State
Vanderbilt 20:00 South Carolina
Tennessee State 20:00 Murray State Racers
Utah Valley 20:00 Grand Canyon
IPFW Mastodons 20:00 Nebraska Omaha
Western Illinois 20:00 North Dakota
Texas-San Antonio 20:00 Rice Owls
Baylor Bears 20:00 Florida Gators
Portland Pilots 20:00 Pepperdine Waves
MIS 20:30 Texas Southern
Eastern Kentucky 20:30 Tennessee Tech
St. Mary´s Gaels 21:00 Loyola Marymount
Montana State 21:00 Idaho State Bengals
Washington Huskies 21:00 Colorado Buffaloes
Montana Grizzlies 21:00 Weber State
Arizona Wildcats 21:30 Arizona State
Cal Poly Mustangs 22:00 UC Irvine
UMKC Kangaroos 22:00 CBL
Colorado State Rams 22:00 Utah State Aggies
Pacific Tigers 22:00 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Seattle Redhawks 22:00 CSB
CAL 22:00 Santa Barbara
Northridge Matadors 22:30 Cal State Fullerton
Sunday 26 January
UC Davis 00:00 Hawaii Warriors
Tulsa 12:00 Connecticut Huskies
Rutgers-Camden Sca. 12:00 Princeton Tigers
Virginia Cavaliers 12:00 Wake Forest
Monmouth Hawks 13:00 Iona Gaels
Maryland Terrapins 13:00 Indiana Hoosiers
Quinnipiac Bobcats 14:00 Siena Saints
Canisius 14:00 Fairfield Stags
Rider Broncs 14:00 Manhattan Jaspers
South Florida Bulls 14:00 Houston Cougars
Niagara 14:00 St. Peter's
Fordham Rams 15:00 St. Louis Billikens
Michigan State 15:00 Minnesota
Loyola-Chicago 16:00 Norther Iowa
Missouri State 16:00 Drake Bulldogs
San Diego State 16:00 UNLV Rebels
Xavier Musketeers 16:00 Creighton Bluejays
UCLA Bruins 17:00 Oregon Ducks
Evansville 17:00 Valparaiso
Stanford Cardinal 18:00 California
Ohio State Buckeyes 18:30 Northwestern

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.