Complete Betting, Bracket Coverage of the 2018 NCAA Tournament

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Apr 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels players hoist the national championship trophy after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Madness is (finally) here. Consider this your one-stop shop for everything you need to know before betting on the Big Dance.

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Published Articles


Final Four Future Ticket Hedge Mailbag

Rock Chalk, Sister Jean, and San Antonio

Final Four Liability

What Las Vegas sportsbooks have riding on the Final Four

Most Impressive Runs

Which team had the most impressive run to the Final Four?

Tournament Moose Tracking

How did Florida State not foul?

Early Final Four Betting Outlook

Loyola-Chicago’s ceiling, one-seeds clash.

Final Four, Championship Predictions

Updated simuations reveal the most likely NCAA Tournament winner.

Sunday’s Elite Eight Betting Guide

Beard, Brunson, and a blue blood battle.

Wiseguys Take a Side

How sharps are betting Loyola-Kansas State.

Saturday’s Elite Eight Betting Guide

Will Loyola pull another upset?

Friday’s Sharp Report

Which Sweet 16 matchups are attracting wiseguy action?

Friday’s Sweet 16 Betting Guide

Ultimate Friday Sweet 16 betting guide: Can Nova handle the pressure?

Lessons Learned

Joffe’s lessons from Vegas in March: The foolproof way to land in Twitter jail.

Draft Prospects

Five NBA Draft prospects to adore in the Sweet 16.

Thursday’s Sharp Report

Wiseguys teeing off on Kansas State-Kentucky.

Sweet 16 Betting Prep

Refocusing on five key statistical areas.

Maximizing Tournament Value

Texas Tech, and utilizing the open parlay.

Situational Betting

Four Sweet 16 situational spots Wes Reynolds is betting.

Sweet 16 Weakness Breakdown

The biggest weakness and worst matchups for each Sweet 16 team.

Future Ticket Hedge Mailbag

Blue bloods, Cinderellas and a Reno ticket.

Why Kentucky is Way Overvalued

It’s time to stop assuming Kentucky will make the Final Four.

Thursday’s Sweet 16 Betting Preview

Looking in depth at each matchup, trends, market info, interesting nuggets, our favorite picks and even an NBA Draft outlook.

11-Seed in the Elite Eight?

Can Syracuse continue its surprising March Madness run?

Sweet 16 Futures

Bracket simulations reveal five Sweet 16 prop bets offering value.

Over/Under Betting System

Make smarter Sweet 16 bets by tracking sharp money

Tourney Props

The story of Duke, the inverted middle, and a different way to bet tourney props

Point Guard Power Rankings

Ranking the stacked group of Sweet 16 point guards remaining in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Pencil Them In

Kentucky’s historically easy path to the Final Four.

Sweet 16 Power Rankings

Grading the Remaining Field: Will Duke or Villanova take the number one spot and which other teams could realistically win it all?

Stuckey’s Payday

How 16-seed UMBC (maybe) won him $10,000 from a college bar bet in 2007.

Sweet 16 Early Action

Line moves, popular public sides, and the most heavily bet games.

Even More Simulations

10,00 more sims show us who the biggest winners are heading into the Sweet 16.

Updated Odds to Win the Tournament

Sweet 16 bump: The teams whose NCAA title odds improved the most.

Sweet 16 Odds & Analysis

Early betting angles for every Sweet 16 matchup.

Moose Talk

Worst betting beats from the Tourney’s opening weekend.

Sharp Action Hitting Sunday’s Late Game

How are wiseguys betting Sunday’s Marshall-West Virginia matchup?

BlackJack Fletcher’s Favorite Sunday Bets

Analyzing day 4 of the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday Round of 32 Betting Guide

Mega Betting Guide for Every Sunday Round of 32 Matchup.

BlackJack Fletcher’s Favorite Saturday Bets

Analyzing day 3 of the Tourney.

10,000 More Simulations

The biggest winners after the Round of 64.

It Finally Happened

All the gambling history made in UMBC’s upset over Virginia.

Saturday Round of 32 Betting Guide

Mega betting guide for every Saturday Round of 32 matchup.

Round of 32 betting system

Using Bet Labs, John Ewing breaks down which favorites to pinpoint in Saturday’s round of 32 matchups.

Friday First Round Betting Guide

Your ultimate guide to betting all 16 Friday NCAA Tourney games.

Friday’s Sharp Report

Two totals getting pounded by professional bettors.

Friday’s Public Report

Friday NCAA Tournament bets being overvalued by the public.

New Mexico State can beat Clemson

Jordan Majewski takes a look at four of Friday’s tourney matchups.

Joffe: March Madness Stone-Cold Locks

Lauren Joffe breaks down her locks of the tourney.

Become a Bracket Pool Champion

How to maximize the odds of winning your bracket pool.

Thursday First Round Betting Guide

Your ultimate guide to betting all 16 Thursday NCAA Tourney games.

March 14 Sharp Report

Four Wednesday college hoops bets attracting wiseguy money.

Pace Yourself

Pace is key for Wednesday’s first four match-ups.

Wednesday Wake and Rake

Which First Four matchup is attracting early attention from sharp bettors?

Wednesday’s First Four Breakdown

Which teams have the edge in the final two first four match-ups?

Head Coach Rankings

Who are the most successful coaches in March?

March 13 Sharp Report

See how the wiseguys are tackling Tuesday’s college hoops slate.

1 in 128 Billion

Analyzing the odds of filling out a perfect NCAA Tournament bracket.

The “Other” Tournaments

Betting a very volatile NIT field, plus one intriguing CBI matchup.

Bales’ Bracket Tips

Five tips from Jonathan Bales to use when building your bracket.

Seed by Seed Trends

Historical analysis of every first round match-up by seed.

Early Betting Action

All the NCAA Tourney info on sharp action, line moves, lopsided bets and more.

First Four Wake and Rake

The total professional bettors are targeting on Tuesday’s slate.

12s Over 5s

How have these popular upset choices played out from a betting perspective?

Playing the Play-Ins

All you need to know to bet the first two play-in games on Tuesday.

Winning with Inflated Lines 

How to use line movement to your advantage in the NCAA tournament.

Best Futures Bets

Four futures bets offering value based on 10,000 NCAA tournament simulations.

Building a Contrarian Bracket

Dominate your bracket pool with a contrarian bracket strategy.

Upset Alert!

Upset chances of every 13-15 seed.

Woof woof…Trendy Dogs are Barking

But, that doesn’t mean you should bet on them…

Betting Against the Public

Why contrarian betting works so well during the NCAA tournament and how bettors can take advantage.

Stats that Matter

Five statistical areas that will impact the games.

Early Betting, Bracket Predictions for All 32 First-Round Games

Stuckey on the Kansas-Penn matchup: This is one of the worst draws I’ve ever seen for a No. 1 seed.

10,000 Simulations Reveal Most Likely Champs

We know who is in and where they will be playing. The question now is which team will cut down the nets in San Antonio?

Top 5 Cinderellas, Sleepers and Busts

Wichita State is featured, but not where you’d think.

Most Overseeded, Underseeded Teams

Butler should be seething, while Providence should be counting its lucky stars.

Every Team’s Vegas Odds to Win the Tourney

Starting with Nova and ending with a cluster of 1000-1 longshots.

First Impressions of the Bracket from Our Experts

One 5 vs. 12 upset to watch: Murray State over West Virginia.

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