Sixty-eight teams start it – One Champion ends it. The hoops epicenter shifts to the NCAA when March Madness rolls around. A testament to the popularity of elite USA College Basketball – Final Four action often draws in more bettors than the NBA Finals. Similar to the Super Bowl, March Madness captures the attention of millions – who each become a Bracketologist while predicting 67 match winners – Good Luck Eh!
NCAAB Future Odds 2018
Prior to “Selection Sunday” the NCAAB season runs from the middle of November to late February. Top online sportsbooks offer March Madness futures throughout the tournament. Fill out your bracket and use that info to place single match wagers during the National Championship chase.
Previews & Picks: We offer Round-By-Round 2018 March Madness betting information.
College Basketball Bet365 Odds Update: 11:30 AM ET on April 1, 2018.
NCAAB National Championship Futures Ticket Legend: Active – Air Ball – Swoosh
NCAAB National Championship Game Day Update
Then there were two. Following three weeks of fantastic March Madness hoops action, that began with 68 teams in the chase, Michigan and Villanova are the last two remaining squads. Game day prices are now the NCAAB National Championship futures odds and the Wildcats are thick chalk over the Wolverines at the Bet365 online sportsbook. After our top choices were bounced in the first two rounds, we picked up Villanova prior to the Round of 32 and Michigan prior to the Elite Eight. While we were a little late to the party – we are fortunate that we made those two wagers.
Currently facing a bankroll hit, we are in better shape than when we were down -700 units after Michigan State and Arizona were sent packing early in the tournament. Right now, we have 1300 units invested and a Wildcats win would return +900 (-200 net) while a Wolverines victory returns +1100 and we will break even. Unfortunately for us, we feel the former is more likely as Villanova has been punishing their opponents with a 85-67 average final score. Michigan’s best shot at cutting down the nets is their defence which is allowing a tournament low 58.6 points per game.
Bottom Line: We are disappointed that our three sport (CFL, NCAAF, NFL) futures win streak is in jeopardy but there isn’t much we can do about it at this point. Our best hope is the Wolverines defence stepping up to get us out of the Madness with a zero bankroll hit. Still 32 hours or so from tipoff – we are going to sit tight for now. If we wager – we will update this space on 02/04/18.
NCAAB March Madness Futures Lines Movement
31/03/18 Final Four March Madness Update
Game Day Update: Prices to win the NCAA Basketball National Championship haven’t changed much since our last update on 26/03/18. Villanova remains as top chalk, without a price change, while Michigan (+260 to +250) and Kansas (+375 to +350) lost some value. Cinderella Loyola-Chicago also stayed steady prior to their meeting with the Wolverines. We are calling for a Michigan vs Villanova Championship contest. Top rated CSB bookmakers have the Final Four covered with tons of exciting betting options. Hoop it up anytime!
NCAAB National Championship hopefuls have been reduced from 68 to 4 as the March Madness rolls into the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Final Four are penciled in with #3 Michigan facing #11 Loyola- Chicago at 6:09 PM ET and then #1 Villanova clashing with #1 Kansas at 8:49 PM ET on March 31, 2018. We will be watching the lines and will update them when necessary. This is the last chance to get in on the best March Madness prices.
Blowing everyone out, the Wildcats look fantastic, the Wolverines and Jayhawks are both playing solid ball and the Ramblers continue to defy the odds. We still like Villanova but if anything changes we will update it here. Don’t forget, top online sportsbooks cover March Madness and sports of sorts around the clock. Registration is always free and quick – so get into the game. No matter the sport, CSB recommended bookmakers cover the action 24/7.
24/03/18 Elite Eight March Madness Update
Wow. How many have started into an Elite Eight bracket sheet pool? Despite a lot of twist and turns, East #1 Villanova, plus #1 Kansas and #2 Duke in the Midwest are still alive as top seeds. Michigan in the West and Texas Tech in the East are representing the #3 ranked schools. Florida Sate and Kansas Sate are wearing #9 tags while Loyola-Chicago in the South are proud #11 Darkshirts. We are pleased that we have a two in eight shot at covering our early-tournament trashed tickets. Has the Madness settled – or is more to follow?
Villanova (+350 to +180) has leap over Duke (+300 to N/C) at the top of our futures board. Kansas (+650 to +500) and Michigan (+700 to +550) round out the top four. With the Wildcats, Blue Devils and Jayhawks all being on the right side – we are surprised they are posted as top three chalk. We stand to earn a break even with Villanova and a 300-unit profit with Duke. Liking what we see at both ends of the floor – we are adding Michigan as a left-side squad. Semifinal action is always ramped up some – Enjoy the Elite Eight action!
ADD: Michigan Wolverines (+550) NCAAB Champs 2-Units @ Bet365 Sportsbook.
SportsInteraction NCAA Championship Each Way Betting
SportsInteraction have released their “Each Way Odds” which are akin to alternate title odds. Select a squad that advances to the Championship contest on April 2, 2018, and get paid at the price(s) noted. This is two wagers so work your Madness Money accordingly.
20/03/18 Sweet 16 March Madness Update
All you slackers, who spent the last week surveying your brackets, can go back work now. A flurry of upsets, during the first two rounds of March Madness, busted up most brackets as we head into Sweet 16 action. Rolling into the Regional semifinal matches, top squads like defending NCAAB National Champion North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Arizona have all been unceremoniously ushered to their respective (long) off-season’s.
While we still have a long road back, we feel fortunate that we bet Duke and Villanova when we did as both squads had their prices deflated. The Blue Devils line was cut in half (+600 to +300) while the Wildcats value shrank (+450 to +350) slightly. Suddenly the “Belle of the Ball” Kentucky saw their odds fall from +1400 to +500 as the Wildcats appear to have an “easy” path to the Final Four. Watch for our Sweet 16 tips and selections later in the week.
17/03/18 Second Round March Madness Update
OK…. So that was not good eh? It could have been worse, had we been on #1 Virginia, but Arizona getting bashed 89-68 by #13 Buffalo was a bad thing. We apologize for our call on the desert Wildcats as we should have heeded our own advice (01/03/18) after #4 Arizona suffered three losses that were all against unranked teams. We got a little high on ‘Zona Big Man Deandre Ayton and his late season domination. We move on from our two burnt units.
With the biggest test still one round away – our glass half-full scenario is #3 Michigan State sneaking past #14 Bucknell 82-78. The Spartans were a dismal 5-17 (29.4%) from beyond the arc versus the Bison and they will need to better to get past #11 Syracuse. Manage that hurdle and a date with #2 Duke seems inevitable. We are big Rhode Island fans in their duel with the Blue Devils on 17/03 though the Rams are -9 (-110) pups at SportsInteraction.
Round Of 32 Investments: Villanova (+450) and Duke (+600) 2-Units each @ SIA.
12/03/18 Pre March Madness Odds Update
March Madness brackets have been set and the NCAA Basketball National Championship futures prices have been shaken up considerably. Villanova, Virginia and Duke head into the tournament tied as top chalk with a +501 money line price at SportsInteraction. The Wildcats and Cavaliers are #1 seeds in the South and East while the Blue Devils are the #2 seed in the Midwest Region. Kansas (+1200) and Xavier (+1500) are the top seeds in the Midwest and West so it is slightly surprising that they are 8th and 12th chalk respectively.
After losing to Michigan, in the Big Ten tournament semi-finals, Michigan State was knocked off the top perch as their price inflated from +450 to +800. The Spartans must feel a little slighted as they have been tagged with a #3 seed in the Midwest. The Spartans are the first team in a decade to not receive a #1 or #2 seed in the tournament after finishing with an NCAAB top four “Strength of Record”. The Wolverines, slotted as the #3 seed in the West, had a major price adjustment as they dropped from +4000 to +1000 at SportsInteraction.
Although we wish would have waited to jump on the Spartans, given where landed in the brackets and their substantial line increase, we are still OK with that pick. Plus, if things look like they are going south – we should be able to hedge off that wager as the tourney progresses. Looking beyond the chalk – not many teams are hotter than Arizona (+1200) as the Wildcats have won five straight by a combined 374-316 count. Those numbers include a 75-61 dismantling of USC in the PAC 12 Championship match. We are adding the Cats.
Pre March Madness Selection #2: Back the Arizona Wildcats (+1200) Two Units at SIA.
01/03/18 March Madness Futures Update
Can you feel that vibration? Four days remain on the US College Basketball regular season slate and then the rumbling towards madness really kicks up a few decibels. Starting March 5, we have a week of exciting playoff action prior to the NCAAB Committee will announcing the First 68 March Madness contenders on Selection Sunday, March 11, 2018. The First Four will duke it out in Dayton, Ohio to get the tournament started on March 13 & 14. Round of 64 follows quick as play begins March 15. Watch for Round-By-Round Madness tips here.
Apart from a slight Michigan State line move (+450 to +550) the top four NCAAB National Championship seeds are unchanged. Spartans HC Tom Izzo has empathically stated that the disgraceful acts of Larry Nassar will not be talked about by him, his assistant coaches, or his players moving forward. Hopefully due process has been followed and those guilty are held accountable. That is good for East Lansing and everyone involved. That said, who knew the MSU line would raise after they closed a 28-3 season on a twelve game winning streak.
Purdue (+750 to +900) had a price increase but retained the fifth seed while Kansas went from seventh to sixth with a (+1600 to +1000) money line leak. Defending Champ North Carolina lost value going from +1600 to +1200. Arizona (+1500 to +3300) had the largest gain since our 22/02/18 update as the Wildcats are 3-3 since 03/02/18 and all three losses were to unranked teams. The Cats (22-7) fell from sixth to 14th and they will be a #2 to #4 seed heading into the Dance. There are important fights on the floor prior to the Madness.
Pre Playoff Tip: Conference winning teams lose value prior to the March Madness matches.
22/02/18 March Madness Futures Update
Welcome to our initial 2018 NCAAB National Championship futures odds update. Madness is about to ensue Y’All! Nearing conclusion of the US College hoops regular season, there are ten days left on the 2017-18 slate. Following seven days of playoff action – a mystical journey into mayhem and madness begins. On Sunday, March 11, the NCAAB Selection Committee announces the 68-squad field for the 2018 March Madness tournament. First Four matches open the action in Dayton, Ohio, on March 13 & 14. Canucks – Get ready to hoop it up eh!
Whether in business, sports, or community sectors – committees often operate in mysterious ways. That is true in US College Sports as committees select the Final Four teams in football and the First 68 in basketball. While the ten members are giving their “opinion” in the end, there is protocol to follow. As with pigskin postseason seeding, regular season rankings, plus division titles won, go a long way towards deciding the National Championship contenders. Hope sprang eternal for 351 teams on 10/11/7. They’re about to drop the freight to just 68.
In a nutshell, there are three basic phases that determine the first 68 field. 1) Select the 36 best at-large teams 2) Install the rest of the 68-school field and 3) Place the squads into the most reasonable regions. It’ll be interesting to see how many current SportsInteraction top squads make the cut. Out on a not so slim limb – we’ll say all 20. Watch this space for weekly updates moving forward. There are still a ton of contests to be played, over a 17-day period, but here is our first horse in the 2018 March Madness Betting Marathon. Sooo exciting!
2018 March Madness Initial Title Pick: Michigan State Spartans 5-Units (+450) @ SIA
|Tournament Dates||March Madness Rounds||Stadium Venue||Match Locations|
MAR. 11, 2018
|Selection Sunday||CBS Sports TV||CBS Sports|
|MAR. 13 & 14||First Four Matches||UD Arena||Dayton (OH)|
|MAR. 15 / 17||Round of 64 /32||Taco Bell Arena||Boise (ID)|
|MAR. 15 / 17||Round of 64 /32||American Airlines Center||Dallas (TX)|
|MAR. 15 / 17||Round of 64 /32||PPG Paints Arena||Pittsburgh (PA)|
|MAR. 15 / 17||Round of 64 /32||Intrust Bank Arena||Wichita (KS)|
|MAR. 16 / 18||Round of 64 /32||Spectrum Arena||Charlotte (NC)|
|MAR. 16 / 18||Round of 64 /32||Little Caesars Arena||Detroit (MI)|
|MAR. 16 / 18||Round of 64 /32||Bridgestone Arena||Nashville (TN)|
|MAR. 16 / 18||Round of 64 /32||Viejas Arena||San Diego (CA)|
|MAR. 22 / 24||South Regional||Philips Arena||Atlanta (GA)|
|MAR. 22 / 24||West Regional||Staples Center||Los Angeles (CA)|
|MAR. 23 / 25||East Regional||Garden||Boston (MA)|
|MAR. 23 / 25||Midwest Regional||CenturyLink Center||Omaha (NE)|
|MAR. 31, 2018||Final Four Semifinal||Alamodome||San Antonio (TX)|
|APR. 2, 2018||Championship Final||Alamodome||San Antonio (TX)|
March Madness Learn to Earn Betting Tips
Odds for NCAA college basketball are always subject to change. In some cases, bettors will notice that the lines shifts against a team because of unfortunate circumstances such as injury. Being as sportsbooks respond to the volume of wagers that fans place on college futures, you might see a subtle odds shift that reflects public opinion of the teams. Before investing in a NCAA hoops future bet, you’ll want to monitor the teams for any recent trends – especially squads running hot or cold.
Need more Bracketology info? As part of the CSB Learn To Earn Series, we hope bettors took our advice, in the L2E video, and faded the defending Champions in 2017. While the top chalk being erased early is far from a given – automatically aligning with March Madness tournament favourites is not always the best bet. The ‘Capping Crew here at Canada Sports Betting love college basketball hoops. Stay tuned for updates, on which teams to bet on and where, throughout March Madness.
NCAA Basketball Future Bets Explained
Similar to NBA hoops, NCAA basketball features a strong bias towards favorites, with hot regular season squads being tagged as top seeds in the tournament. The vast majority of NCAA champions have been number one seeds. Since the tournament expanded, to 64 teams in 1985, the #1 seeds have won 20 tournaments, while seeds 2-8 have won 13 titles. Number two seeds have won five March Madness tournaments, number three seeds have four wins, while fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth seeds have won once. In other words – it is often best to avoid the longshot underdogs.
Less than ten percent of Final Four teams have been a seventh seed or worse since 1991, showing the long road that bottom seeds face. While each year features incredible upsets, by the time the semi-finals arrive, the tournament often shakes off lower seeds which don’t have the same talent level as elite colleges. When looking to place NCAA basketball future wagers, Canucks will come across a vast list of bookmakers vying for their bets. Be warned – they’re not all created equally!
Partnering with a reputable bookmaker is crucial to obtaining the sharpest odds that come with the highest possible payouts. Top sportsbooks often offer promos and player rewards – giving bettor’s a boost in the form of deposit bonuses, free bets and other benefits for new and experienced players alike. For superb service, competitive odds, plus offers that help bettors get the most bang for their basketball betting buck, check out these top ranked CSB NCAA Basketball wagering sportsbooks.
2016-17 NCAAB March Madness Hoops Results
NCAAB National Champion: North Carolina Tar Heels
Ending the impressive and exciting Cinderella run by #7 seed South Carolina Gamecocks, the Gonzaga Bulldogs posted a 77-73 victory and moved on to the Finals. Though slightly less of an underdog, the #3 Oregon Ducks gave North Carolina a massive battle but the Tar Heels escaped with a 77-76 semi-final win setting the 2017 NCAAB National Championship match.
North Carolina entered the match with a 5-5 March Madness Finals record – Gonzaga was making their first appearance on College Basketball’s brightest stage. The Bulldogs hung with the more experienced Tar Heels, Gonzaga had a 36-32 lead at halftime, but North Carolina proved to be too much for the ‘Zags. In the end, making up for a 77-74 loss to Villanova last season, the Tar Heals claimed their sixth Championship with a 71-65 victory in Arizona.
NCAAB March Madness – Final Four Update
Congratulations to all (none) of you who have North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga as the Final Four on your March Madness sheets. The Tar Heels are hunting for a sixth March Madness title as they head to their 20th semifinal. This is the Ducks second semifinal after Oregon won the first National Championship as the Webfoots back in 1939.
It’s welcome to the second biggest College Basketball stage for the Gamecocks and Bulldogs as they make their first Final Four appearance. SportsInteraction is foreshadowing a North Carolina (+110) vs Gonzaga (+160) NCAAB Championship Final matchup in Glendale, AZ. That certainly would not be a surprise as both squads are running super hot right now.
Finalists last year, the Tar Heels know what it takes to get the title game in Arizona on April 3, 2017. North Carolina entered the madness with a 33-7 record. Coach Mike Few & the Bulldogs Crew have outscored their opponents 289-236 during four wins. The Ducks (+400) blasted tournament favorite Kansas in Elite Eight action – jolting the Jayhawks 74-60.
Massive props to those few who picked South Carolina at (+15000) on Selection Sunday. The Gamecocks went from a +5000 Sweet 16 price to a +800 line prior to their battle versus Gonzaga. South Carolina had a solid 26-11 season but entered the tournament without a Top 25 ranking. Collect a deposit bonus and use the dough to bet on the Final Four matches.
NCAA Basketball Futures – Sweet 16 Update
Brackets busted? From Arizona to Xavier, with Bulldogs, Mountaineers and Tar Heels mixed in, the Sweet 16 is an eclectic group this year. Following a fairly “calm” Round of 64, the NCAA apple cart was upset during the Round of 32 as high seeds, like defending champ Villanova and #2 Duke, were sent packing. It’s good to have fresh faces in the late rounds.
Michigan and South Carolina were lucky #7’s that advanced while #11 Xavier is the lowest remaining seed. We expect the Musketeers will to turn into Mouseketeers when they face our tournament pick Arizona on 23/03/17. Kansas and North Carolina are now tied as chalk at SportsInteraction and top CSB sportsbooks are offering lots of Sweet 16 betting treats.