March Madness 2024: Schedule, News, Odds, Bracketology

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Duke guard Tyrese Proctor (5) shoots against Arkansas during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in Fayetteville, Ark.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Feb 22, 2024, 2:22 PM
  • March Madness Selection Sunday is March 17th, 2024.
  • The first games of March Madness will begin on March Tuesday, March 19th.
  • UConn is the betting favorite to win the national championship at BetMGM.

Another college basketball season is underway, and March will be here before you know it. 

Fortunately, BetMGM has reams of NCAA basketball odds for March Madness lovers to consider.

Of course, that’s true all year, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: Lots of people don’t pay attention to college basketball during the regular season.

No judgment here. If you’re one of those tournament-focused fans who only pays sporadic attention to the hardcourt through the end of the NFL season, then let me be your lifeline. I’m compiling all the key information you need to stay up on pre-Madness college basketball at a glance.

When Does March Madness Start?

The 2024 NCAA Tournament will begin with the First Four on Tuesday, March 19, followed by the start of the first round on Thursday, March 21. 

If you subscribe to a slightly broader definition of March Madness, then the first low-major conference tournaments will start the week of March 4. 

March Madness Schedule: What the College Basketball Calendar Looks Like

A basic summary of the college basketball regular season goes something like this: nonconference games up to New Year’s; conference games through the end of February; conference tournaments in the first part of March; March Madness in the second part of March. 

When is Selection Sunday for March Madness This Year?

Selection Sunday 2024 – the date when the 68-team bracket is revealed on the CBS Selection Show – is Sunday, March 17. 

March Madness Locations for This Season’s Tournament

As usual, the opening week of NCAA Tournament games will be spread out over a variety of locations. 

For regional and Final Four locations, you can check out my round-by-round breakdowns here:

If you’re really curious, our team also has a list of the future Final Four sites for the entire rest of the decade.

March Madness Odds

It’s one of the most googled questions of every single year: Who Is Predicted To Win March Madness?

For now, the answer is the UConn Huskies, who are +475 to win it all. But it’s still kind of early, which means that betting NCAA basketball futures right now is less about nailing the right answer and more about getting a fat number with an underrated team.

If you’re new to betting college basketball odds, let me give you an example. Last year around this time, the favorites were mostly teams you would expect: Gonzaga (+900), North Carolina (+900), Kentucky (+1000), Kansas (+1400), Duke (+1600). There were some others mixed in, but you get the idea.

You might have noticed one conspicuously absent team: UConn. You know, the team that actually won the title last season. The Huskies were all the way down at +8000 to start the season.

Early championship odds are, by definition, an exercise in predicting something before it happens. So if you have a strong feeling about a team, this early-season period is an excellent time to buy a ticket before results shape the market.

By the time March Madness 2024 arrives, the betting world will already know who the top seeds are likely to be, and the numbers for contenders will be much shorter.

TeamChampionship Odds
UConn+475
Purdue+650
Houston+850
Arizona+1000
Tennessee+1300
Alabama+1800
North Carolina+1800
Auburn +1800
Kansas+2000

That’s a quick look at some of the most noteworthy teams right now. For a full market breakdown, you can head over to my college basketball national championship odds analysis. 

March Madness Bracketology

There are a handful of important stats for March Madness 2024 bettors to consider when evaluating teams – both as potential futures targets and as high-seed candidates. 

One is the updated college basketball NET Rankings for this season. 

Another is which college basketball teams have the most Quad 1 Wins.

I’ve compiled a short table here that conveys both numbers for a short list of relevant teams.

NET RankingTeamQuad 1 RecordProjected Seed
1Houston9-31
2Purdue9-31
3Arizona7-31
9UConn9-31
8Alabama2-63
4Tennessee5-52
6Auburn2-64
10Iowa State6-53
12Creighton6-44
7North Carolina6-42
5BYU4-56
11Illinois4-54
16Baylor6-53
14Marquette6-52
15Saint Mary's4-26
16Duke6-23

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.