Working on Your March Madness Betting Strategy

Win and You're In Mentality

Heading into the last week of college basketball games in February, many avid sports bettors have already started to gear their attention to March. The first half of the month features more than 30 different conference tournaments. This basically gives every college basketball team in the nation one last chance to secure an automatic bid for this year’s 68-team NCAA Tournament for men’s college hoops.

The ‘win and you’re in’ aspect of these season-ending tournaments not only adds even more excitement to March Madness, they create a number of excellent opportunities to cash in on the games at your favorite online sportsbook.

Not only can you bet on all the conference tournament games during these first two weeks of the month, you can also bet on posted futures odds for each team’s chances to win and punch their ticket to the Big Dance.


10 NCAA tournament favorites, ranked


Don't Forget About Prop Bets

In conjunction with the conference tournaments, many online books will add a series of prop bet odds for the NCAA Tournament.

You will be able to bet on options such as the top four No. 1 seeds, how many teams does a major conference have in the 68-team field and anything else the books can come up with.

By paying close attention to the NCAAB betting board at any online book you currently bet with, you are bound to come across some extra options to cash a few winners.

Heading into the final few weeks of regular season games, there is still quite a bit on the line for the top teams in the nation. Bragging rights for winning a conference regular season title are bigger than you think. This also weighs heavily on a top team’s actual seed for the NCAA Tournament.

Huge rivalry showdowns are another big factor in this closing round of games. Many of those meetings will be the second of the season to add even more drama to the rematch. Anytime there is a higher level of familiarity among two teams, there is a higher level of predictability when it comes to betting on the outcome of that particular matchup.

When tournament season rolls around, betting college basketball turns into a win or go home scenario.

Focus on the Bubbles

The single elimination format for both conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament adds even more excitement to all the action on the court. Heading into the schedule of the final regular season games, finding the most desperate teams to bet on immediately adds value to their odds.

Bubble teams are the best teams to focus on right now.

Anytime you have to win a game, the cream will usually rise to the top.

Money can be made on betting true contenders as well as betting against the pretenders. With well more than 20 games already played, it gets easier and easier to tell the difference between the two.

All the conference tournaments are seeded by how the teams finish in the regular season standings. This adds some more drama to the ones still trying to rise up through the ranks. A first round bye with a higher seed in the conference competition can really help a team’s chances to earn its way through the NCAA Tournament by winning that tournament’s title.

As part of your overall college basketball strategy for filling out that NCAA Tournament bracket, now is also the time to analyze current from. More than a few teams have made a deep run in the Big Dance coming off a strong performance down the stretch of the regular season schedule.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports. It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games during quite a few pretty dismal seasons. I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 37 years later and am I still waiting patiently for my favorite team to bring home the Super Bowl title my dad never got to celebrate.