Betting 101

1. Point Spread
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
2. Favorites vs. Underdogs
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
3. Over/Under
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
4. Moneyline Odds
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
5. Public Bet % vs Money %
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
6. Open vs. Current Odds
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
7. What is a Parlay?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
8. What is a Teaser?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
9. What is a Unit?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.

Point Spread

The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.

Where can I bet on College Basketball?

If you’re in a U.S. state with legal, online sports betting, you have plenty of options to bet:

  • DraftKings offers a solid array of props and full-game lines for college basketball.
  • FanDuel has competitive pricing for college basketball odds.
  • PointsBet offers a unique wagering type for college basketball called points betting. It’s a high-risk, high-reward wager where you win more money when your bet wins by more points. But if your bet loses by more points, you lose more money.

Check out our sportsbook reviews to find the best place to bet college basketball in your state, and get exclusive promo codes and offers.

How Can I Win Betting on College Basketball?

The best way to bet on college basketball and win is to specialize in a select few conferences, and bet lines right when they open. That way, you can get the best of the numbers.

You can use our power ratings to create your own point spread projections. Be sure to follow local beat writers and team accounts for your selected conferences to acquire more information than the betting market and sportsbooks.

What is a point spread in college basketball odds betting?

Point spreads are a bet on the margin of victory in a game. One team will be favored because they’re the stronger team, and they need to win by more than the point spread to win the bet. The other team needs to lose by that number of points, or win the game, to win the bet.

Let’s say Villanova is a -9.5 favorite over Indiana in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova needs to win by 10 points or more to win the bet. If Indiana loses by 1-9 points, or wins the game, it wins the bet for its bettors.

What is a Total bet in college basketball?

The total is a bet on the combined points scored by both teams in a single game. As a bettor, you’re not trying to guess the number exactly -- you’re trying to predict whether it will go “over” or “under” the preset amount. That’s why a total is also called an over/under.

Let’s say the total in that Villanova-Indiana game is 144 -- an average college basketball total. If Villanova wins 80-70 (150 total points), the game goes over. If Villanova wins 70-60 (130 total points), the game goes under.

How do college basketball moneylines work?

A moneyline is a wager that forces you to pick the winner of a game, but the odds are adjusted for each team’s ability.

American moneyline odds are based on winning $100. A favorite will have a minus sign in front, and that number represents how much you need to risk to win $100. The underdog will have a plus sign, and that number represents how much you will win if you risk $100.

Villanova might be -400 against Indiana if it’s about 10 points better on the point spread. To win $100 betting on Villanova, you must risk $400. You’ll get your $400 back, plus $100, if Nova wins as expected. Indiana will be a corresponding +300, let’s say. If you risk $100, you’ll win $300 (plus your original $100 back) if the Hoosiers pull off the upset.

American odds scale up and down based on how much you want to bet, so it’s usually easier to think of them in cents rather than dollars -- $4 wins $1 on Villanova, $1 wins $3 on Indiana.