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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