March Madness Odds 2017

One of the cardinal rules when it comes to betting on March Madness is promising to remain in tune with the tournament’s odds at every juncture. This isn’t specific to any part of the bracket, be it early or late. It is not specific to one type of team, be they a heavyweight favorite or demonstrative underdog. This pledge encompasses everything, from start to finish, on both the single-game and future fronts. You need to have a hold on the odds at every turn, lest you fall victim to uninformed bets that will ultimately burn you at the sportsbooks. [+]

If this sounds ominous, it’s not supposed to. Falling out of the odds loop is a very real and ever-present danger. But you can easily avoid such issues.

This entails not only keeping up to date with game lines, but also adhering to different kinds of guidelines that help you spot potentially bad and possibly good bets.

Fortunately for you, you’re already a step ahead of the rest by simply being here. Read on, and we promise to help you navigate the minefield that is the March Madness basketball tournament.

March Madness Betting Lines Today

Start all of your March Madness betting preparation each and every day by checking out the game odds just below. These ensure you’re never being provided with outdated information, and the way every matchup is stacked on top of one another lets you scour the day’s slate, however busy, for wagers that stand out relative to others. [+]

With this in mind, you still want to see how these lines compare to those listed at your primary sportsbooks. Most websites deal with the same odds, but they can vary as you move from oddsmaker to oddsmaker.

Lines are also prone to changing prior to opening tips. Sportsbooks are savvy when it comes to adjusting odds based on any surprise action for a specific team or bet. So as soon as you know what the lines are, it’s best to make your decision as quickly as reasonably possible, this way you’re not forced to pivot on a whim like many other bettors who end up waiting.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 11 March
FT Delaware State 71 - 67 SST +260 -313
AOT Delaware 74 - 78 Hofstra Pride +560 -714
FT Western Michigan 67 - 81 Central Michigan +355 -417
FT Ball State 61 - 43 Eastern Michigan +130 -149
FT Green Bay 54 - 66 Wright State +210 -250
FT Western Illinois 73 - 76 North Dakota State +250 -303
FT NC-Greensboro 58 - 70 Wofford Terriers +310 -370
FT Charleston Cougars 67 - 70 Northeastern +135 -154
FT IPFW Mastodons 60 - 61 Nebraska Omaha -120 +100
FT Monmouth Hawks 60 - 81 Iona Gaels +175 -204
FT Miami Redhawks 51 - 80 Akron Zips +200 -238
FT Pepperdine Waves 74 - 100 Gonzaga Bulldogs
FT Ohio Bobcats 61 - 80 Northern Illinois +155 -175
FT Oakland 63 - 64 Northern Kentucky +215 -256
FT San Diego Torreros 62 - 69 St. Mary´s Gaels +185 -213
Tuesday 12 March
FT Wake Forest 71 - 79 Miami Hurricanes +280 -333
FT Notre Dame 78 - 71 Georgia Tech -123 +103
FT SCS 63 - 54 MSH -227 +195
FT Pittsburgh Panthers 80 - 70 Boston College -118 -102
FT Fairleigh Dickinson 85 - 76 St. Francis (Pa.) +165 -189
AOT Hartford Hawks 85 - 90 UMBC Retrievers -120 +100
FT Binghamton Bearcats 51 - 84 Vermont Catamounts
FT Northeastern 82 - 74 Hofstra Pride -149 +130
FT Northern Kentucky 77 - 66 Wright State
FT Appalachian State 80 - 89 Louisiana-Monroe +270 -323
FT Arkansas State 67 - 75 South Alabama +165 -189
FT Morgan State Bears 71 - 81 Coppin State Eagles -154 +135
FT Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52 - 59 Grambling Tigers +195 -227
FT Southern Jaguars 70 - 80 Texas Southern +675 -909
FT Alabama State 58 - 49 Jackson State +200 -238
FT Alcorn State Braves 66 - 86 Prairie View A&M
FT North Dakota State 73 - 63 Nebraska Omaha +163 -182
FT St. Mary´s Gaels 60 - 47 Gonzaga Bulldogs +1075 -1667
Wednesday 13 March
FT Sacramento State 72 - 60 Northern Arizona -189 +165
FT Clemson Tigers 58 - 59 N.C. State Wolfpack -147 +127
AOT Massachusetts 64 - 68 George Washington -179 +160
FT Colorado State Rams 57 - 66 Boise State Broncos +150 -169
FT Idaho State Bengals 80 - 94 Southern Utah +110 -130
FT Arizona Wildcats 65 - 78 Southern California -132 +112
FT Fordham Rams 50 - 52 Richmond Spiders +172 -196
FT Idaho Vandals 71 - 75 Montana State +675 -909
FT Wyoming Cowboys 68 - 78 New Mexico Lobos +355 -417
FT California 51 - 56 Colorado Buffaloes +465 -556
FT Houston Baptist 79 - 81 Lamar Cardinals +200 -238
FT Nebraska 68 - 61 Rutgers +115 -135
FT Georgia Bulldogs 61 - 71 Missouri Tigers +153 -172
FT Florida Atlantic 56 - 57 Louisiana Tech +165 -189
FT San Jose State 56 - 87 Air Force Falcons +495 -625
FT Butler Bulldogs 57 - 80 Providence Friars +110 -130
FT Oklahoma State 70 - 73 TCU Horned Frogs +160 -179
FT Bucknell Bison 80 - 94 Colgate Raiders +160 -179
FT Middle Tennessee 61 - 70 UAB Blazers +180 -208
FT Central Arkansas 73 - 53 TCI +150 -169
AOT Northwestern 69 - 74 Illinois +155 -175
FT Stanford Cardinal 72 - 79 UCLA Bruins -130 +110
FT North Texas 71 - 57 FGP -149 +130
FT West Virginia 72 - 71 Oklahoma Sooners +230 -278
FT DePaul Blue Demons 74 - 82 St. John's +200 -238
FT Vanderbilt 52 - 69 Texas A&M Aggies +157 -179
FT Rice Owls 65 - 82 Marshall +255 -303
101' Washington State 18 - 37 Oregon Ducks +600 -833
Thursday 14 March
La Salle Explorers 12:00 Rhode Island Rams
Akron Zips 12:00 Buffalo Bulls
Indiana Hoosiers 12:30 Ohio State Buckeyes
Iowa State Cyclones 12:30 Baylor Bears
Arkansas Razorbacks 13:00 Florida Gators
Connecticut Huskies 13:00 South Florida Bulls
Central Michigan 14:30 Kent State
Creighton Bluejays 14:30 Xavier Musketeers
Chicago State 15:00 New Mexico State
Northridge Matadors 15:00 Santa Barbara
Tulane Green Wave 15:30 Memphis Tigers
Portland State 16:30 Weber State
CSB 17:30 TPA
UC Davis 17:30 Cal State Fullerton
UNLV Rebels 17:30 San Diego State
St. Joseph´s Hawks 18:00 Duquesne Dukes
Delaware State 18:00 NCC
Northern Illinois 18:30 Toledo Rockets
Alabama 19:00 Mississippi Rebels
Penn State 19:00 Minnesota
SMM 20:00 Tulsa
Bethune-Cookman 20:30 Howard Bison
Ball State 21:00 Bowling Green
CAL 21:00 UC Irvine
UMKC Kangaroos 21:00 Utah Valley
Georgetown Hoyas 21:30 Seton Hall Pirates
Texas Longhorns 21:30 Kansas Jayhawks
East Carolina 22:30 Wichita State
Seattle Redhawks 23:30 Grand Canyon
Long Beach State 23:30 Hawaii Warriors

March Madness Best Bets

The makeup of every bracket will always impact how you approach each and every March Madness tournament, but there are a few generalities you can apply to every big dance. We go through some of them below, so you can relate them to this year’s March Madness setup.

Never Bet on a No. 16 Seed

Simple, right?

Well, some people still fall into the trap. They see the moneyline odds for a first-round matchup between a No. 1 seed, such as the 2017 Gonzaga Bulldogs, and No. 16 seed, then decide the lucrative return is worth the risk. After all, a sixthteenth-place team has to upset a first-place squad at some point? Right?

Maybe so, but until it happens, you have no business banking on it being so. If you’ve extensively watched both the No. 1 seed and No. 16 seed in question, and you feel that, say, a 17-point spread is too large for the favorite to cover, by all means go nuts. 

But in a tournament founded up on surprise outcomes, the triumph of a No. 1 seed over a No. 16 seed is the closest thing to a March Madness lock there is.

Forget About the Regular Season (For the Most Part)

Betting on underdogs during March Madness can be exhilirating and, most importantly, profitable. But you have to be smart about it.

First, you shouldnt be rolling with a noted underdog before the tournament starts. Futures are basically a sham in college basketball anyway, since they’re so damn hard to hit on, but the potential return on a universal underdog in particular isn’t worth the included risk.

March Madness Futures 

It’s great that you think the 2017 Wichita State Shockers will use their 25-4 regular-season to shock (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) the entire bracket. But that doesn’t give you enough license to test out their tournament futures. You’re better off following their progress game by game, win by win, and deciding whether you’ll be investing in their moneylines or spreads.

Regular-season performances don’t matter as much in this format. One misstep is all it takes for a favorite to be shown the door and brackets everywhere to be busted. You have to play the hot hands, investing in teams that have shown, through two or more games, they belong in your betting armory, almost irrespective of seeding.

You’re going to be high on No. 1 seeds like Villanova and Kansas. That’s fine. It’s expected. But before you draw sweeping conclusions and make substantially sized bets on their games (or futures), do yourself a solid and first see how they fare under the bright lights of March Madness. Your impression of them might change. Or maybe it won’t.

Either way, you’ll know what bets you should be making.

Know the Limitations of Underdogs

On the general underdog front, you never want to place that kind of stock in seeds lower than ninth when you get into the later rounds—say, the Sweet 16 and later.

Since 1979, the lowest-seeded team to make a Final Four is 11th. The lowest-seeded team to make a championship match, meanwhile, is eighth.

Don’t try to push those boundaries. Historical March Madness results matter. You have some creative flexibility if a 12th-seeded team makes the Final Four, since it would be an unprecedented occurrence. But don’t look to shirk these trends until they actually been shirked in real life.