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 These ensure you’re never being provided with outdated information, and the way every matchup is stacked on top of one another lets you scour the day’s slate, however busy, for wagers that stand out relative to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 03 December
FT Iowa Hawkeyes 68 - 90 Michigan State +500 -667
FT Liberty Flames 78 - 88 Georgetown Hoyas
FT Morgan State Bears 45 - 83 Virginia Cavaliers
FT Niagara 71 - 70 Pittsburgh Panthers +1350 -2500
FT Vermont Catamounts 72 - 67 George Mason
FT Reinhardt Eagles 60 - 107 E. Tennessee State
FT St. Josephs Bears 75 - 104 St. Francis (N.Y.)
FT UMBC Retrievers 71 - 60 Coppin State Eagles
FT Texas Southern 75 - 92 Georgia Bulldogs
FT Philadelphia Bibli. 66 - 102 Delaware State
FT Northwestern State 59 - 80 Texas A&M Aggies
FT North Dakota State 59 - 81 Iowa State Cyclones
FT Rutgers 64 - 69 Wisconsin Badgers +635 -833
FT Troy Trojans 67 - 83 Florida State
FT Florida A&M 50 - 65 DePaul Blue Demons
FT Albertson College. 52 - 80 Montana Grizzlies
FT Northridge Matadors 90 - 83 Pepperdine Waves
Tuesday 04 December
FT New Hampshire 57 - 77 Seton Hall Pirates
FT Northeastern 49 - 72 Syracuse Orange +645 -833
AOT Providence Friars 100 - 95 Boston College +150 -169
FT Indiana Hoosiers 64 - 62 Penn State +130 -149
FT Radford Highlanders 66 - 73 James Madison Dukes
FT Jacksonville 94 - 88 Presbyterian
FT UMass Lowell 60 - 79 Boston Uni. Terries
FT Holy Cross 82 - 78 Massachusetts
FT Bucknell Bison 92 - 79 La Salle Explorers
AOT Fordham Rams 68 - 75 Maine Black Bears
FT Furman Paladins 98 - 77 Elon Phoenix -400 +330
FT Detroit Titans 59 - 98 Dayton Flyers +925 -1429
FT Winthrop Eagles 81 - 99 Davidson Wildcats
FT St. Francis (Pa.) 82 - 95 American Eagles
FT Army Black Knights 72 - 77 New Jersey Tech
FT St. Peter's 60 - 65 Clemson Tigers
FT Oklahoma Sooners 85 - 80 Notre Dame -125 +105
FT Miami Hurricanes 75 - 89 Pennsylvania -256 +220
FT Howard Bison 86 - 100 Appalachian State
AOT Central Michigan 100 - 94 Youngstown State -357 +300
FT Northern Kentucky 65 - 78 Cincinnati Bearcats +475 -588
FT Prairie View A&M 68 - 82 Louisiana Tech
FT Bradley Braves 68 - 62 Little Rock -196 +170
FT Campbell 68 - 83 Abilene Christian
FT Wofford Terriers 47 - 72 Kansas Jayhawks
Trinity Tigers 20:00 Incarnate Word
FT SMS 77 - 57 MIS
FT Fontbonne 37 - 90 Eastern Illinois
FT Lamar Cardinals 56 - 79 Houston Cougars
FT Texas-Arlington 45 - 65 Missouri Tigers +600 -833
Georgia State 20:00 Alabama +270 -323
Lipscomb Bison 20:00 Belmont Bruins
FT North Alabama Lions 67 - 73 UAB Blazers
FT High Point Panthers 55 - 53 Valparaiso
FT Evansville 77 - 87 Arkansas State -130 +110
FT McNeese State 77 - 90 Mississippi State
FT UNC-Asheville 41 - 67 Auburn Tigers
UTEP Miners 20:30 Marquette
Centenary Gentlemen 20:30 Grambling Tigers
Florida Gators 21:00 West Virginia -130 +110
South Dakota State 21:00 Memphis Tigers +165 -189
Michigan Wolverines 21:00 Northwestern -238 +200
New Mexico Lobos 21:00 New Mexico State
South Dakota 21:00 Colorado Buffaloes +675 -909
Bethune-Cookman 22:00 St. Mary´s Gaels
UC Merced Bobcats 22:00 CSB
Wednesday 05 December
Lefayette Leopards 18:00 Connecticut Huskies
Mount St. Mary's 18:30 St. John's
Ohio Bobcats 18:30 Xavier Musketeers
Monmouth Hawks 19:00 Hofstra Pride
Towson Tigers 19:00 George Washington
William & Mary 19:00 Old Dominion
Robert Morris 19:00 Canisius
Stony Brook 19:00 Manhattan Jaspers
Brown Bears 19:00 Butler Bulldogs
Marshall 19:00 Duquesne Dukes
Coppin State Eagles 19:00 Richmond Spiders
St. Joseph´s Hawks 19:00 Princeton Tigers
Western Illinois 19:00 Stetson Hatters
Binghamton Bearcats 19:00 Morgan State Bears
Quinnipiac Bobcats 19:00 Dartmouth Big Green
Siena Saints 19:00 St. Bonaventure
Hartford Hawks 19:00 Duke Blue Devils
VMI Keydets 19:00 Virginia Tech
Western Carolina 19:00 N.C. State Wolfpack
Ohio State Buckeyes 19:00 Illinois
Navy Midshipmen 19:00 Delaware
Loyola-Maryland 19:00 Drexel Dragons
Akron Zips 19:00 IPFW Mastodons
Mercer Bears 19:00 Florida Atlantic
Colgate Raiders 19:00 Columbia Lions
Lehigh 19:00 Yale Bulldogs
Central Arkansas 19:00 Louisville
North Texas 19:00 Indiana State
Illinois State 19:00 Illinois-Chicago
Miami Redhawks 19:00 Wright State
Le Moyne Dolphins 19:00 Buffalo Bulls
Detroit Titans 19:00 Toledo Rockets
Hampton Pirates 19:30 Coastal Carolina
SCS 19:30 Eastern Kentucky
Bowling Green 19:30 Cleveland State
Middle Tennessee 19:30 Vanderbilt
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 19:30 Texas Tech
South Alabama 20:00 New Orleans
Loyola (LA) 20:00 UL Lafayette
Western Kentucky 20:00 Missouri State
UC Davis 20:00 Northern Illinois
TSM 20:00 TCI
Florida Gulf Coast 20:00 Oral Roberts
St. Louis Billikens 20:00 Southern Illinois
UT Martin 20:00 Tulane Green Wave
Oklahoma State 20:00 Tulsa
VCU 20:00 Texas Longhorns
Temple Owls 20:30 Villanova Wildcats
UNC-Wilmington 21:00 N.C. Tar Heels
South Carolina 21:00 Wyoming Cowboys
Nebraska 21:00 Minnesota
Denver Pioneers 21:00 Air Force Falcons
Idaho Vandals 21:00 Washington State
Ball State 21:00 Loyola-Chicago
Utah State Aggies 21:00 Brigham Young
Arkansas Razorbacks 22:00 Colorado State Rams
UC Irvine 22:00 CBL
TPB 22:00 Pacific Tigers
Loyola Marymount 22:00 Cal State Fullerton
Southern Utah 22:00 Long Beach State
Weber State 22:00 Fresno State
San Diego Torreros 22:00 San Diego State
TCU Horned Frogs 22:00 SMM
Portland Pilots 22:05 Portland State
San Francisco Dons 23:00 California
Washington Huskies 23:00 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Thursday 06 December
Bob Jones Bruins 11:00 Gardner-Webb
FVS 19:00 Florida A&M
Warren Wilson Owls 19:00 Tennessee Tech
Oakland 19:00 Fairfield Stags
Charlotte 49ers 19:00 Wake Forest
Indiana-Kokomo Cou. 19:00 IUPUI Jaguars
KEN 19:00 Wofford Terriers
Maryland Terrapins 19:00 Purdue Boilermakers
VCT 19:30 SCS
Drake Bulldogs 20:00 Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Iowa State Cyclones 20:00 Iowa Hawkeyes
Utah Valley 21:00 Arizona Wildcats
Nebraska Omaha 22:00 Seattle Redhawks
Pepperdine Waves 22:00 CAL
Bethune-Cookman 22:00 San Jose State
Friday 07 December
Oral Roberts 19:00 Missouri Tigers
Massachusetts 19:00 Providence Friars
New Mexico Lobos 19:00 St. Mary´s Gaels
James Madison Dukes 19:00 George Mason
Bryant Bulldogs 19:00 Columbia Lions
Maine-Fort Kent Be. 19:00 UMass Lowell
NC-Greensboro 19:00 Elon Phoenix
Louisiana Tech 19:30 Stephen F. Austin
Southern Jaguars 20:00 South Dakota State
TCU Horned Frogs 21:30 Southern California
Idaho State Bengals 22:00 Santa Clara Broncos
Nevada Wolf Pack 23:59 Arizona State
Saturday 08 December
SMT 11:30 Abilene Christian
Kentucky Wildcats 12:00 Seton Hall Pirates
Michigan State 12:00 Florida Gators
Pittsburgh Panthers 12:00 West Virginia
South Carolina 12:00 Michigan Wolverines
CEN 12:00 Eastern Michigan
DePaul Blue Demons 12:00 Northwestern
Wichita State 12:00 Oklahoma Sooners
TSB 13:00 Indiana State
LIU-Brooklyn 13:00 St. Peter's
Marist Red Foxes 13:00 Stetson Hatters
UAB Blazers 13:00 Memphis Tigers
Grambling Tigers 13:00 UCF
Rhode Island Rams 13:05 Holy Cross
Morgan State Bears 13:15 Towson Tigers
St. Joseph´s Hawks 14:00 Villanova Wildcats
UMBC Retrievers 14:00 Drexel Dragons
Lefayette Leopards 14:00 Quinnipiac Bobcats
UMKC Kangaroos 14:00 South Dakota
Maine Black Bears 14:00 Dartmouth Big Green
Stony Brook 14:00 Brown Bears
Brigham Young 14:00 Utah Utes
Xavier Musketeers 14:00 Cincinnati Bearcats
UNLV Rebels 14:00 Illinois
Colgate Raiders 14:00 Penn State
Dubuque Spartans 14:00 Norther Iowa
IPFW Mastodons 14:00 Miami Redhawks
NCC 14:00 Appalachian State
Western Michigan 14:00 Youngstown State
Rutgers 14:30 Fordham Rams
Loyola-Maryland 14:30 Binghamton Bearcats
Toledo Rockets 14:30 Marshall
Louisville 14:30 Indiana Hoosiers
HAR 15:00 SIU-Edwardsville
Western Kentucky 15:30 Arkansas Razorbacks
Radford Highlanders 15:30 Ohio Bobcats
Georgetown Hoyas 15:30 Syracuse Orange
CON 16:00 Texas Southern
Valparaiso 16:00 George Washington
St. Francis (N.Y.) 16:00 New Jersey Tech
Siena Saints 16:00 Robert Morris
Arkansas State 16:00 Minnesota
Loyola-Chicago 16:00 Maryland Terrapins
Rider Broncs 16:00 Hofstra Pride
Houston Cougars 16:00 Oklahoma State
Mississippi State 16:00 Clemson Tigers
Pennsylvania 16:00 La Salle Explorers
Buffalo Bulls 16:00 St. Bonaventure
UT Martin 16:00 E. Tennessee State
American Eagles 16:00 Howard Bison
Georgia Southern 16:00 Mercer Bears
Army Black Knights 16:00 Air Force Falcons
Lehigh 16:00 Mount St. Mary's
Oakland 16:00 Northeastern
William & Mary 16:00 Hampton Pirates
MAC 16:00 Texas-San Antonio
Greensboro Pride 16:00 North Carolina A&T
Jacksonville State 16:00 Delaware State
Sam Houston State 16:00 Colorado State Rams
Wright State 16:00 Kent State
Kansas State 16:30 Tulsa
Furman Paladins 16:30 SCS
Weber State 16:30 Utah State Aggies
Southern Utah 16:30 Central Michigan
Northern Illinois 16:30 Butler Bulldogs
Houston Baptist 17:00 TSM
Wisconsin Badgers 17:00 Marquette
CBC 17:30 Alcorn State Braves
Yale Bulldogs 17:30 Duke Blue Devils
Western Carolina 17:30 UNC-Asheville
Boston College 18:00 Texas A&M Aggies
Creighton Bluejays 18:00 Nebraska
Middle Georgia St.. 18:00 Jacksonville
Illinois-Chicago 18:00 Colorado Buffaloes
Green Bay 18:00 Bowling Green
Texas-Arlington 18:00 North Texas
Northern Kentucky 18:00 Eastern Kentucky
Florida State 18:30 Connecticut Huskies
Central Arkansas 18:30 Little Rock
Monmouth Hawks 19:00 Albany Great Danes
Long Beach State 19:00 Fresno State
Harvard Crimson 19:00 Vermont Catamounts
Southern Illinois 19:30 SMS
Eastern Illinois 20:00 Western Illinois
Murray State Racers 20:00 Middle Tennessee
Utah Valley 20:00 Northern Arizona
Eastern Washington 20:00 North Dakota State
Mississippi Rebels 20:00 Illinois State
Tulane Green Wave 20:00 South Alabama
Dayton Flyers 20:00 Auburn Tigers
Nebraska Omaha 20:00 Oregon Ducks
New Mexico State 20:30 Kansas Jayhawks
Bethune-Cookman 22:00 Cal Poly Mustangs
Jackson State 22:00 Pepperdine Waves
Sacramento State 22:00 Portland Pilots
Montana Grizzlies 22:00 UC Irvine
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 22:00 Santa Barbara
CSB 22:00 Idaho Vandals
San Diego State 22:30 California
Notre Dame 22:30 UCLA Bruins
Sunday 09 December
Hawaii-Hilo 00:00 Hawaii Warriors
Columbia Lions 11:00 Iona Gaels
New Hampshire 12:30 Niagara
SCS 13:00 Virginia Tech
Fairfield Stags 13:00 Old Dominion
Arizona Wildcats 13:00 Alabama
Princeton Tigers 13:00 St. John's
Longwood Lancers 13:00 Duquesne Dukes
VMI Keydets 13:00 Chattanooga Mocs
Notre Dame 13:00 Cleveland State
VCU 13:30 Virginia Cavaliers
Georgia Bulldogs 14:00 Charleston Cougars
St. Francis (Pa.) 14:00 Delaware
South Florida Bulls 14:00 Charlotte 49ers
Coastal Carolina 14:00 Wofford Terriers
Florida A&M 14:00 Georgia Tech
Incarnate Word 14:00 LSU Tigers
Navy Midshipmen 14:30 Lipscomb Bison
Tennessee 15:00 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Tennessee State 15:00 Coppin State Eagles
Hiwassee College 15:00 Tennessee Tech
WSM 15:00 Denver Pioneers
Ball State 15:00 Evansville
Oregon State 15:30 St. Louis Billikens
Northridge Matadors 16:00 San Diego Torreros
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 16:00 North Dakota
Samford Bulldogs 17:00 Alabama A&M
SSS 17:00 Santa Clara Broncos
Nevada Wolf Pack 17:30 Grand Canyon
Southern Jaguars 18:00 Iowa State Cyclones
Purdue Boilermakers 18:00 Texas Longhorns
Montana State 19:00 Washington State
Seattle Redhawks 21:00 Washington Huskies

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.