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2017 March Madness Betting

One of the best times of the year is March Madness and now we get to the Sweet Sixteen followed by the Elite Eight, Final Four and NCAA Championship game. Odds will be on the board for every game and not only are the individual game odds available at BetDSI, but you can also bet futures, moneylines, halftime lines, props and more. It truly is March Madness when it comes to college basketball betting on the NCAA Tournament.

Odds to Win 2017 NCAA Tournament

  • Kansas 3-1
  • North Carolina 4-1
  • Arizona 5-1
  • Gonzaga 5-1
  • UCLA 7-1
  • Florida 12-1
  • Kentucky 12-1
  • Baylor 15-1
  • Michigan 18-1
  • Oregon 18-1
  • West Virginia 18-1
  • Wisconsin 18-1
  • Purdue 20-1
  • Butler 50-1
  • South Carolina 60-1
  • Xavier 100-1


2017 March Madness Schedule

Sweet Sixteen
March 23
#7 Michigan vs. #3 Oregon – 7:09 pm ET – CBS - Midwest Regional, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
#4 West Virginia vs. #1 Gonzaga – 7:39 pm ET – TBS - West Regional, SAP Center, San Jose, California
#4 Purdue vs. #1 Kansas – 9:39 pm ET – CBS - Midwest Regional, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
#11 Xavier vs. #2 Arizona – 10:09 pm ET – TBS - West Regional, SAP Center, San Jose, California

March 24
#4 Butler vs. #1 North Carolina – 7:09 pm ET – CBS - South Regional, FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
#7 South Carolina vs. #3 Baylor – 7:29 pm ET – TBS - East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
#3 UCLA vs. #2 Kentucky – 9:39 pm ET – CBS - South Regional, FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
#8 Wisconsin vs. #4 Florida – 9:59 pm ET – TBS - East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Elite Eight
March 25
Midwest Regional, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
West Regional, SAP Center, San Jose, California

March 26 East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
South Regional, FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

National Semifinals & Championship (Final Four & Championship)
April 1, 3
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

2016 Printable Bracket

Sweet Sixteen Preview

Three of the top four #1 seeds made it to the Sweet Sixteen with only defending champion Villanova getting knocked out. The Midwest Region features the Kansas Jayhawks and they are the current favorite to win the title. Kansas had no trouble in getting past UC Davis or Michigan State. It won’t be as easy in the Sweet Sixteen as they face Purdue. The Jayhawks have two of the top players in the country in Frank Mason III and Josh Jackson, so they will be favored to advance.

Kansas takes on Purdue who is led by Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten Player of the Year. The Jayhawks are not a deep team and if Purdue can get Kansas in foul trouble they can upset the Jayhawks.

The other matchup in the Midwest has Oregon vs. Michigan. The Oregon Ducks are an interesting #3 seed, as they can score a lot of points and they have a big time player in Dillon Brooks. They face a Michigan team that is rolling and finding new ways to win. The Wolverines seem to have destiny on their side and they are more than capable of dispatching the Ducks.

The South Region features the #1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. It was ugly for North Carolina in the second round but they got past Arkansas. Now they have to take on Butler in the Sweet Sixteen. North Carolina has a lot of offensive talent led by Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson and they should get past Butler. The Bulldogs have been hot from 3-point range and if they get hot again they at least have a chance to shock the Tar Heels.

The other matchup in the South is one of high profile stars, as #2 Kentucky takes on #3 UCLA. The Wildcats were fortunate to get past Wichita State but they got just enough from their trio of Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox to advance.  The Bruins feature Lonzo Ball but UCLA doesn’t play a lot of defense. It could be that whichever team gets to 80 points wins this one.
The West Region features the other #1 seed, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. They haven’t played that well so far, but have gotten past South Dakota State and Northwestern. They get a tough West Virginia team in the Sweet Sixteen. Gonzaga has a good inside game led by Przemek Karnowski and they have an excellent guard in Nigel Williams-Goss. West Virginia plays a press defense and they have the ability to cause Gonzaga problems.

The #2 seed out West is Arizona who has a great front line led by 7-footer Lauri Markkanen. They also have a star player in Allonzo Trier and they are really well balanced. They will be facing the #11 seed Xavier Musketeers who have looked surprisingly good without their top player, Edmond Sumner. The Musketeers beat Maryland and then routed Florida State. It is all about Trevon Bluiett for the Musketeers but can he do enough to keep Xavier in the game against a powerful Arizona team?

The East Region is the one region without a top seed. The top remaining seed is #3 Baylor who just slipped past USC in the second round. They will be facing a #7 South Carolina team that upset Duke in the second round. Baylor has been getting good play off the bench from Terry Maston and Al Freeman. The problem for Baylor is that they are streaky and that could be a problem against a tough South Carolina defense. South Carolina needs Sindarius Thornwell to have a big game if they are to have a chance to beat the Bears.

The #4 seed in the East is the Florida Gators who routed Virginia in the second round. The Gators are playing really well right now and they feature Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza.  They don’t have much of an inside game so that is a concern against the #8 seed Wisconsin. The Badgers upset Villanova and now have a real chance to reach the Final Four. The Badgers are very experienced with four seniors led by Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes.

March Madness Odds

March Madness odds give gamblers the chance to bet both sides and totals in addition to first halves, halftimes, parlays, teasers, props, etc. Most people start by betting the sides and totals. The good news when considering March Madness odds is that you have a wide variety of choices. If you want to bet a team that is favored you may want to do so just after the line is released since the public loves favorites. If you want to bet an underdog, you might want to wait until close to game time as the odds may go up.

Those extra half points and full points can be huge when you are looking at the March Madness betting line. How many times during the season did you lose a game by a half point or a single point? It can happen as you consider games in the NCAA Tournament. During March Madness there are going to be times when getting the best line on a game turns a loss into a win or turns a tie into a win. You may also turn a loss into a tie. Each one of these is huge to your bottom line.

Getting the best possible number is critical if you want to make money. You should always take the time to analyze the sides and totals on the March Madness betting line. This applies to totals just as it does to sides, as totals will actually move much more.

March Madness odds are just like other basketball odds in that you are wagering on one team or another against the pointspread. For example, let’s say that North Carolina was playing Duke. If one gambler bets on Duke at +3, they risk the standard $110 to win $100. Another gambler takes North Carolina at -3 for the same $110 to win $100. The sportsbook makes $10 regardless of who wins the game as long as Duke doesn’t win by exactly 3 points.

March Madness Betting Stats

Largest spread: 46.5 (#1 Duke vs. #16 Florida A&M, 1999)
Largest cover: 38.5 points (#5 VCU vs. #12 Akron, 2013)
Largest upset: +21 (#15 Norfolk State vs. #2 Missouri, 2012)
Lowest total: 110 (#4 Southern Illinois vs. #13 Holy Cross, 2007)
Highest total: 168.5 (#5 Tennessee vs. #12 Long Beach State, 2007)
Over/Under total record: 281-319-8

March Madness Myths

March Madness betting myths are often hard to put to rest.  When the lines are released many people have a preconceived notion of certain things. One myth is that the favorites always cover in the Final Four.  They are actually about .500 over the past few years.  You have to remember that as the tournament progresses the oddsmakers do a better job, so the lines on the Final Four are usually pretty solid.

Another myth that many people believe in regards to March Madness betting lines is that the sportsbook is trying to attract an equal amount of money on both sides.  That is not really true. The sportsbook wants money on the losing side of the game and usually that is the team the public is betting on.

March Madness Trends

If you are looking at March Madness betting lines in terms of favorites and underdogs you should know that underdogs overall are profitable.  This does not mean you can blindly take them all and expect to make a lot of cash but taking the points is the way to go.

The small favorites really struggle against number.  If a team is laying less than four points they are very poor against spread.  The mid-range big favorites are also very poor against the number. Teams laying 8-14 points are below 40% against the March Madness odds.

You should also keep in mind that the straight up winners of games usually cover the spread.  This tells you two things.  It says that if you are considering taking an underdog versus the betting line then you should also take them on the money line.  If you are betting favorites then you want to lay the points and not play the money line.  Straight up winners cover about 75% of the time in the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA March Madness History & Trends

NCAA March Madness history and trends are interesting to consider as, there are a number of trends that you can look at in NCAA March Madness history that can help you pick more winners.

NCAA March Madness history begins by looking at the seeds and how they have performed through the years. NCAA March Madness history shows that number one seeds have never lost in the first round going 128-0.  Number two seeds in NCAA March Madness history have gone 120-8 in the first round, while number three seeds have gone 107-21 in the first round.  The number four seeds have also been tough going 102-25.  The numbers drop when it gets to the 5th seed in NCAA March Madness history.  The #5 seeds are 99-49, while the #6 seeds are 96-52. The #7 seeds are 92-60 while the 8th seeds are 80-72. All of the previous numbers are straight up.

NCAA March Madness history is also important to consider in other rounds.  The second round has seen #1 seeds win almost 90% of the time.  #2 seeds are not nearly as successful winning just over 70% of the time.  The Sweet Sixteen round of March Madness betting also has interesting trends.  The #1 seeds do pretty well as do the #2 seeds.  Surprisingly the #6 seeds have done better than the #5 seeds in Sweet Sixteen NCAA March Madness history.

March Madness betting for many people really picks up in the Final Four.  As you look at office pools you should know that most of the time at least one top seed in NCAA March Madness history and perhaps two #1 seeds will reach the Final Four. 

March Madness Tips

March Madness odds give you a variety of things to consider. There are many statistics to look at when you analyze the March Madness betting line, but some of the most important ones are field goal percentage, points allowed, rebounds, turnovers, and ATS numbers.

There are not nearly as many trends to look at when it comes to ATS numbers but there are a few important ones to consider as you look at March Madness odds.  You want to look at the home/away breakdown and also look at current form.  A team on a hot ATS roll is definitely a team worth considering. Teams that come into the tournament on a losing streak against the spread are not ones you want to look at too often.  Also remember that on the March Madness betting line all of the teams are technically playing on the road.

Intangibles are also important to consider when betting the NCAA Tournament. When we talk about intangibles it can mean many things.  It can be a coaching edge, an injury, a conference advantage, etc.  This is one of those categories that really take into account a lot of information as you consider March Madness odds.  It can concentrate on what a coach or player said about an upcoming game, an injury to a key player, or a situation that comes up at the last minute. 

Some handicappers that look at March Madness odds focus entirely on the betting line and nothing else.  When they see a line edge on a game they bet it, period.  Nothing else matters to them except the number.  They believe that the numbers they come up with on the games are better than the oddsmaker’s March Madness odds and they bet accordingly.  This involves coming up with your own power ratings or using someone else’s as you consider the line.

Cinderella Teams

March Madness betting appeals to people from all over the world for many reasons and one of those reasons is the Cinderella factor.  Part of the thrill of March Madness betting is the fact that a Cinderella team nearly always emerges and a giant nearly always stumbles. This factor is important to remember as you look at the NCAA Tournament this season.

A key to March Madness betting is to try and locate the Cinderella team before everyone else does.  And that is not an easy task but that’s the skill that really separates the true experts and winners from the public. Things to look for when trying to locate a sleeper team in the March Madness bracket are its coach, its history, and its recent play.

An excellent coach can often produce a championship run without the greatest talent. If a coach has a solid history of success but maybe didn’t have the greatest regular season, they are still worth a look in March Madness betting if they are playing good and with momentum at the right time before the NCAA Tournament. Conversely, you do not want to take a team that may have gotten hot, or lucky, and have a coach who has no track record of reliability in the tournament.

It is important during March Madness to keep an open mind and not fall in love with any team. You must keep a level head and do a thorough examination and, in fact, look for reasons to go against your first reaction. It is important to examine all sides of a team, as that is how you find the surprise team before everyone else does.

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