How to Bet on the NCAA Tournament: Looking at the First Day of Action

The 2014 NCAA Tournament has tipped off and the first day of full basketball action was very exciting and gave college basketball handicappers a good chance to make some money betting on basketball. The really good and experienced handicappers know that they can use that first day of action to find angles to wager on for the rest of the tournament.

With this in mind, let’s take a quick look back at the first day of action of betting when it comes to the NCAA tournament.

Smart Odds makers: The lines makers at the top rated online sportsbooks are very smart when it comes to placing a tight number on the games. Many of the games came down to the wire as basketball bettors were begging for the last chance free throw to give them a win. One of the closer games was Delaware against Michigan State.

The Spartans had the game well in hand straight up, but when it came to betting against the spread, this game went to the wire. The Spartans won 93-78 and for many bettors that game was a push as the Spartans closed as (-15) point favorites. The Hens missed a meaningless free throw at the end of the game which would have given Delaware backers the win or Spartan backers the loss. The lesson learned is that if you want to back a favorite that is getting public betting that could shift the line; you may want to bet on the game earlier when the line is released. This is where the real value lies. Conversely if you like an underdog, you may want to wait on the line. Speaking of an underdog, that is the next tip that was revealed on day one.

North Dakota State and Dayton stole the headlines as underdogs that won outright, but a closer look at the betting lines reveals that underdogs were not always successful. It was much easier for teams that took chalk in many of the games yesterday. If you remove Harvard, Dayton and North Dakota State, the underdogs that won outright, many of the favorites won by a big margin. In fact if you combine Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Oregon, these favorites won by a combined 64 points! This is where the handicapper really needs to do their homework. Mismatches will reveal themselves on the basketball court and if you can find them, they will pay out with easy wins.

Winning in March Madness is all about doing your homework and if you learn from previous days and games in the NCAA tournament, there is no doubt that you are going to be swimming in profits by the end of the Big Dance.

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.