Bracket Predictions Explained

Feeling some withdrawal following the fantastic NFL playoff and Super Bowl action? Then get ready for some madness eh? NCAA Basketball March Madness that is! One of the busiest and best online sports betting periods of the year rolls around during the second week of March every year. From favorites covering big spreads, to dark-shirts posting bracket busting upsets, the wagering action is non-stop for three weeks.

NCAA Basketball Bracketology

Closing in on eight decades of action, March Madness has come a long way since Oregon defeated Ohio State 46–33 to claim the first title on March 27, 1939. A small gathering of eight schools has morphed into the 68-team monster field that we know and love today. Intriguing on many levels, the “win or go home” single elimination format is the best part of this sports betting spectacle.

Deciding the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Division 1 National Champions annually, few sports can boast such an exciting playoff format. Further to that, no event rivals the number of wagering options that are offered up during March Madness. From NCAA basketball bracketology pools, to team and prop odds on the 66 games that lead to the title match, this action is fantastic.

College Basketball Bracket Betting

Expanded to 68 squads in 2011, four play-in games, that feature eight schools who earned at-large bids into the “First Four” Round, gets the college basketball bracket wagering off to a roaring start. Bettors need to pay attention to these games as the winners are then slotted in as either eleventh or sixteenth seeds and the 64 First Round teams are set. Though the First Four winners are not exactly the cream of the NCAAB betting crop, one of them posted a minor David vs Goliath type Round of 64 upset victory during five consecutive March Madness tournaments between 2012 and 2016. 

Round One “dark-shirts” deserve consideration once the tournament opens. The dark-shirts term is derived from the lower seeded underdogs always wearing dark jerseys while the higher seeds wear white uniforms during all seven rounds of the tournament. That consideration can include all of the dogs except maybe #16 seeds as they are 0-128 straight up since the tournament went to 64 teams in 1985 – through the 2016 madness. A “glass half full guy” would say one of these pups are due and, with their monster money line prices, four small wagers is certainly something bettors should at least consider. Metrics and the law of averages say a dog is going to have their day – eventually. 

Bracketology Expert Tips

Since all of the games are played at neutral stadiums – squads that have a large travelling fan base can earn a tangible home court advantage. March Madness bettors, that want to stay away from higher seeds and instead look to the underdogs, should consider the #5 vs #12 contests during the Round of 64 battles. From 2009 to 2016, the favorite five seeds are just 14-16 straight up and 11-18-1 against the spread. The numbers are almost identical for the #6 vs #11 matches as chalk sides are 14-16 on the money lines and 12-17-1 on the point spread prices. It should also be noted that while the #1 seeds went 30-0 during that time frame – they were just 15-15 ATS versus huge dogs. 

Two vs fifteen seed matchups show the chalk squads are 26-4 straight up but just 16-14 ATS. Away from the games themselves, bracketology expert tips are not complete unless they include advice on the importance of properly pacing your betting over close to a month AND placing those bets with respected bookmakers. March Madness is a marathon so don’t blowout your bankroll hoping for a big score on a bunch of mutts during the opening round. Once your pace is set, and your bracket is filled out, place your Championship bet first. This ensures the pick is registered and the ticket may lead to hedging opportunities similar to ones our Crew has earned during past NFL Playoff runs.

LIVE Odds and Best Online Sportsbooks to Bet on NCAA Basketball Bracket Picks

From there, a few wagers per round sets a decent pace leading up to Final Four Weekend. To help with that, the Canada Sports Betting Facebook social media page features predictions prior to and throughout the March Madness journey. Ensuring the best betting experience, top CSB sportsbooks take some of the Madness out of March as they are trusted basketball wagering veterans. While the books we rate are amongst the best in the business, William Hill is one of our hoop handicapping hot spots. However, we don’t purchase any tickets until we shop around our five-bookmaker stable to ensure we are getting the best prices. Our exclusive LIVE odds feed updates around the clock, in real time, to help Canuck Cappers scan the lines of every match. Enjoy the Madness and Prosper!

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Away Score Home Money Line
Tuesday 14 March
FT New Orleans Privateers 66 - 67 MOU -105 +105 Odds
FT WDD 88 - 95 Kansas State Wildcats -105 -115 Odds
Wednesday 15 March
FT CAL 67 - 63 NCC +150 -159 Odds
FT SCT 75 - 71 Providence Friars -132 +120 Odds
Thursday 16 March
FT Princeton Tigers 58 - 60 NOT +240 -278 Odds
FT NC-Wilmington Seahawks 71 - 76 Virginia Cavaliers +290 -313 Odds
FT Winthrop Eagles 64 - 76 Butler Bulldogs +500 -714 Odds
FT SDS 46 - 66 Gonzaga Bulldogs +4000 -5000 Odds
FT Bucknell Bison 80 - 86 WVM +800 -1000 Odds
FT ETE 65 - 80 Florida Gators +375 -556 Odds
FT MID 81 - 72 MIN -120 +110 Odds
FT Vanderbilt Commodores 66 - 68 Northwestern Wildcats -130 +120 Odds
FT Xavier Musketeers 76 - 65 Maryland Terrapins +125 -128 Odds
FT MOU 56 - 76 Villanova Wildcats +4000 -10000 Odds
FT VCR 77 - 85 St. Mary´s Gaels +170 -185 Odds
FT Vermont Catamounts 70 - 80 Purdue Boilermakers +290 -385 Odds
FT FGC 80 - 86 FLO +660 -833 Odds
FT Virginia Tech Hokies 74 - 84 Wisconsin Badgers +230 -238 Odds
FT NDF 82 - 100 Arizona Wildcats +1600 -3333 Odds
FT Nevada Wolf Pack 73 - 84 Iowa State Cyclones +240 -278 Odds
Friday 17 March
FT Oklahoma State Cowboys 91 - 92 Michigan Wolverines +125 -145 Odds
FT NEW 73 - 91 Baylor Bears +570 -714 Odds
FT Seton Hall Pirates 71 - 77 Arkansas Razorbacks -110 -110 Odds
FT Iona Gaels 77 - 93 Oregon Ducks +950 -1429 Odds
FT JAC 63 - 78 Louisville Cardinals +1400 -3333 Odds
FT SCT 66 - 65 SMM +290 -385 Odds
FT Texas Southern Tigers 64 - 103 N.C. Tar Heels +6800 -10000 Odds
FT Rhode Island Rams 84 - 72 Creighton Bluejays -128 +120 Odds
FT CAL 62 - 100 Kansas Jayhawks +4275 -10000 Odds
FT Wichita State Shockers 64 - 58 Dayton Flyers -323 +260 Odds
FT Troy Trojans 65 - 87 Duke Blue Devils +1650 -10000 Odds
FT Kansas State Wildcats 61 - 75 Cincinnati Bearcats +140 -149 Odds
FT MSS 78 - 58 Miami Hurricanes +113 -123 Odds
FT NKN 70 - 79 Kentucky Wildcats +2625 -3333 Odds
FT MGE 73 - 93 SCG -105 +100 Odds
FT KGF 80 - 97 UCLA Bruins +1625 -3333 Odds
Saturday 18 March
FT NOT 71 - 83 WVM +140 -161 Odds
FT Wisconsin Badgers 65 - 62 Villanova Wildcats +220 -238 Odds
FT Northwestern Wildcats 73 - 79 Gonzaga Bulldogs +500 -556 Odds
FT Xavier Musketeers 91 - 66 FLO +280 -313 Odds
FT MID 65 - 74 Butler Bulldogs +140 -147 Odds
FT St. Mary´s Gaels 60 - 69 Arizona Wildcats +205 -217 Odds
FT Virginia Cavaliers 39 - 65 Florida Gators +110 -130 Odds
FT Iowa State Cyclones 76 - 80 Purdue Boilermakers +102 -112 Odds
Sunday 19 March
FT Michigan Wolverines 73 - 69 Louisville Cardinals +155 -159 Odds
FT Wichita State Shockers 62 - 65 Kentucky Wildcats +145 -154 Odds
FT MSS 70 - 90 Kansas Jayhawks Odds
FT Arkansas Razorbacks 65 - 72 N.C. Tar Heels +650 -1000 Odds
FT Rhode Island Rams 72 - 75 Oregon Ducks +210 -208 Odds
FT SCT 78 - 82 Baylor Bears +210 -227 Odds
FT SCG 88 - 81 Duke Blue Devils +290 -323 Odds
FT Cincinnati Bearcats 67 - 79 UCLA Bruins Odds