NCAA, College Basketball Betting Page Odds

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BetMGM Jul 24, 2021, 10:44 AM
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 10: Aamir Simms #25 of the Clemson Tigers reacts following a call during the second half of their second round game against the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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So aside from the legendary March Madness betting bracket contests that legions of hoops fans fill out each spring, what are some of the other fun games one can play when it comes to one of the greatest sports events in the world? Well, there are plenty of options, and we’ll introduce you to some of those unique opportunities. To start with, one of the special ones is BetMGM’s $2 Million Bracket Challenge.

March Madness Lines

The Upset Bet

No. 10 Rutgers (-1.5) over No. 7 Clemson

This isn’t supposed to happen, right? The higher seed is supposed to be favored, logic would demand. Well, that’s not the case with Rutgers vs. Clemson. The Scarlet Knights are favored in March Madness betting lines, and there are many more games to take a hard look at ahead of the full tournament opening on Friday (after Thursday’s First Four, of course). 

An Interesting Parlay

North Carolina, Villanova and Syracuse win (+475)

Let’s just call this what it is: The blue-blood parlay. At first glance, a rookie when it comes to March Madness betting knowledge might scoff at the potential of No. 5 Villanova, No. 8 North Carolina, and No. 11 Syracuse all winning on the same day. Seems far-fetched, right? But if you know the history of these three proud programs, you know anything’s possible and their respective opponents -- No. Winthrop, No. 9 Wisconsin, and No. 6 San Diego State -- don’t hold anywhere near the hoops pedigrees.

It’s an intriguing parlay to consider, among others. It’d be wise to take a look at a handful of these parlays and give them some serious consideration. It could yield smiles.

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Futures

Gonzaga to win it all (+200)

No team has won the NCAA tournament with an undefeated record since Bobby Knight led Indiana to exactly that in 1976. So it’s almost like you’re betting against history as much as No. 1 seed Gonzaga (26-0) actually pulling it off. Can the Bulldogs do it -- something Kentucky couldn’t do this past decade, and the great UNLV team couldn’t do in 1991? Certainly, the puzzle pieces are in place to make it realistic. This is a great example of a fun futures wager.

What if you want to put a bet on who will win the NCAA Tournament’s most outstanding player honor? Or how about a wager on which conference will have the most teams in the Elite Eight? Check out the March Madness futures betting options.

Prop Bets

Let’s dissect the Virginia Tech-Florida game on Friday for some prop bet example, shall we? 

  • Which team will score 20 points first, Virginia Tech or Florida (-115 on both)?
  • Will the first-half total points be odd (-115) or even (-115)?
  • Will the two teams combine for more than 65 points in the first half (+120) or not (-145)?

These are just a few of the fun March Madness prop bets one can place when clicking on an individual game. 

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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All American teams, covered FCS college football for HERO Sports ... and two NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments (2009 and 2010). Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter. 

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