March Madness NCAA
A common misconception is that “March Madness” only applies to the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament 2016. March Madness is here! Its the time of year when just about every Division 1 College Basketball team has the chance to get hot and make
it into the Big Dance. When in fact, “March Madness” refers to all of the exciting college basketball action played during the third month. From the final games of the regular season… to the heart-pounding conference tournaments … to the
Big Dance itself, college basketball takes center stage during the month of March.
College basketball betting refers to wagering NCAA Division 1 basketball from the United States. This has 341 teams fielded, one each, from American universities, colleges, and military academies. 339 teams are a member of one of the 31 NCAA
conferences, while two are independent.
For the regular season most teams play a minimum of 28 games, and can play up to 3 more by advancing in whichever in-season tournament they participate in. When also factoring in their end of the season conference tournament plus NIT or Big
Dance, teams finish the season having played 28-40 games each.
This is one of the many reasons college basketball is so intriguing. While the exact number varies by year, last season the Division 1 teams combined to participate in 5,749 games. For comparison purposes, note that the NBA has 1290 to 1335
games per season. The bigger difference is that NBA has only 30 teams to follow and college basketball has a whopping 341.
The 2016 NCAA mens basketball championship brackets will be set and games will be played in the following venues in March. Appropriately named, March Madness, the Final Four tournament is widely agreed in the sports community to be the most
compelling and greatest sporting event on earth. Play-In games start March 15, 2016, and will conclude with the final four on April 2nd & the championship game on April 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
The fact NCAA basketball involves so many teams/games provides punters an advantage not found in other sports. With parity reigning supreme on the court this season, any team could be cutting the nets down. Let the madness begin!
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The NCAA Tournament is quickly approaching and the field of 68 teams that will have a chance to win it all is starting to become slightly clearer. Though the bubble teams are still fighting for their spot, the top teams are already
locks to be part of the tournament. With just a few weeks until it all kicks off, Kansas and Michigan State are co-faves to be cutting down the net in Houston.
Kansas is currently the number one ranked team in the nation and is riding a long winning-streak into the Big 12 conference championships. All but one of the Jayhawks’ losses this season has come against ranked opponents with Kansas
proving they deserve to be slotted as the co-faves.
Michigan State has been phenomenal this season, aside from a mid-season rough patch, which ultimately cost them the Big Ten regular season crown. The Spartans are one of the most well rounded teams in the country as they rank inside
the top 25 in points for, points against, assists and rebounds. They also have the best all-around player in the nation leading the charge in Denzel Valentine.
Betting the point spread is the most popular type of wager when it comes to College Basketball betting. Rather than just picking a winner or a loser in a game, a point spread line allows you to bet on how many points a team will win
or lose by. A team is said to have “covered the point spread” when it wins by a greater number, or loses by a lesser number, than the point spread betting line.
Due to its simplicity, moneyline wagering is very popular in all major team sports, including basketball, baseball, football and hockey. To make a moneyline wager, all you have to do is pick the team you believe will win the game outright.
Oddsmakers will set the lines on each team. The favorites will be represented by lower odds while the underdogs will be given higher odds.
The over/under, also known as the total, is another popular betting line when wagering on College Basketball. With over/under betting, it doesn’t matter which team wins the game. What does matter is the total amount of points scored
by both teams. Oddsmakers will set a total number of points for any given College Basketball game. You have the option of betting whether the teams will combine to score more points (over) or fewer points (under) the number of
points set by the oddsmakers.
College Basketball props betting is popular among beginner and advanced bettors alike. Props betting can be challenging, but it can also be a lot of fun, providing you with a new perspective while watching both the game and the NCAA
standings. A prop bet is a wager that has no direct relationship to the outcome or final score of a single College Basketball game. This includes over/under wagering on the number of regular season wins by a certain College Basketball
team. There may also be special College Basketball team props available that relate to top storylines facing a team.
College Basketball parlay wagering is popular among bettors looking to get the most bang for their wagering buck. In parlay wagering, you link together multiple individual selections to create a single bet. To win your entire parlay
wager, all of the individual selections (or legs) of the parlay must win. Parlay wagers typically offer a bigger payout than individual bets. This is because of the higher risk associated with a parlay bet. Don’t forget, a higher
risk could make for a higher reward!
Teaser bets are popular throughout the College Basketball season. They enable College Basketball bettors to adjust the lines offered by oddsmakers, and thereby reduce their risk. Similar to a parlay wager, a teaser bet contains between
two and 10 College Basketball selections that are combined into one bet. However, teasers differ from parlays in that you can actually move the line of each individual selection in your favor. As a result, the payout for a teaser
wager is less than the payout for the same parlay wager.
We’re giving you a reason to cheer a bit louder for your favorite stars and teams as they take to the court this season.
- Michael Brown / NCAAFREE.BET Inc.
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