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Did you know that there are more games on the board at BetDSI sportsbook in college basketball each year than in any other sport? College basketball betting begins in November each year and concludes in April with the NCAA Tournament.

There are probably four times as many games in basketball as there are in football on the board during the season and it is not unusual to see 100 games on a college basketball Saturday.  During the week there will be over 300 games on the board.

You can bet traditional pointspreads in college hoops and you can also bet totals and money lines in addition to futures, parlays, teasers and propositions in college basketball.

The 2016-2017 college basketball season begins in November of 2016 and wraps up with the NCAA Tournament in April of 2017.

The First Four of the 2017 NCAA Tournament takes place on March 14 and March 15th while the First Round takes place on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th. The Second Round takes place on Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th.

The Sweet Sixteen takes place on Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th with the Elite Eight on Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th.

The Final Four takes place on Saturday, April 1st at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona with the Championship game on Monday, April 3rd.

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How To Bet On College Basketball

There are a number of ways to bet on college basketball at BetDSI. If you’re looking at nightly matchups, then you’ll need to know four main things:


Point Spreads



In terms of moneylines, that’s just the outright winner for the game. So if you’re betting moneylines, you’re betting on who will win the game outright. You’ll see two types of numbers: one with a plus sign in front and one with a minus sign. For example: -150 and +110. If you bet on a team that’s -150, you have to bet $150 to win $100. If you bet a team with a plus sign, that means you’ll win $110 if you bet $100.

For point spreads, that’s just a margin of victory. In some cases, it’s overwhelmingly clear that a team will win outright. That’s why the margin of victory makes it an even matchup. For example, if Duke is playing Albany, Duke might be favored by 33.5 points. If you bet them, they have to win by 34 points or more for you to cover the spread. Or you can bet Albany plus 33.5 points, which means that if they lose by 33 points or less, or win the game outright, you win your bet. If there was a moneyline on this game, it would be so massive that bettors wouldn’t want to bet the amount (since it was so obvious). The spread makes for an even playing field.

You can also bet on totals, which is the over-under for a given game. That’s simply the combined score of both teams. In that case, you just predict whether you think it will be a high-scoring game and go over, or whether it will be a low-scoring game and go under.

Lastly, you can also bet on futures. This is where you predict an even that will happen in the future. For example, if you want to pick a winner of the NCAA Tournament once the field is selected but before any games have tipped off. In this situation, you get a bigger payout because it’s a longer-term bet. Your money is tied up longer and there is more risk, but you do get a nice payout.  For example: if you want to bet on Maryland to win the NCAA Tournament before it starts, you might get a +1200 payout, which means you’ll win 12 times your money. If they come through for you, you’ll get a huge payout but of course there’s plenty of risk involved since you’re predicting them to win it all instead of just one game.

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College Basketball Tournaments

March Madness

March Madness, or the NCAA Tournament, is a tournament of the Top 68 teams in college basketball. A selection committee picks the 68 teams that will participate as well as the seeding for each of them. There are four regions in the tournament and therefore four sets of seeding (1-16). There are also four play-in games where teams faceoff to play each other for the right to face the No. 1 seed after that.

March Madness works in rounds where each Thursday and Friday, there are different waves of games. As teams win, they advance through the tournament from the Field of 64, to the Round of 32, to the Sweet 16, the Elite Eight and the Final Four. The champion is the lone team that makes it through the entire tournament undefeated and they cut down the nets at the very end.


The NIT – also known as the National Invitation Tournament – is a tournament for the teams that don’t make March Madness. In other words, this is the next-best wave of teams who just fell short of being selected to the NCAA Tournament by the committee. This tournament started in 1985.


The CIT – also known as the CollegeInsider.com Posteason Tournament – was created back in 2009. It is another tournament that happens after the regular season. It many ways, it’s the third-tier tournament. This one is geared towards teams – specifically mid-majors – who failed to get selected to the NCAA tournament or the NIT.

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