With football officially on the shelf for the next seventh months, avid sports bettors can turn their full attention to basketball. The NBA season is heating up heading into the upcoming All-Star break in mid-February but the real action is at the college level heading into March Madness as the biggest betting month of the year.
The final full month of the college basketball regular season offers some excellent opportunity to cash in daily at your favorite online sportsbook. Many of the top online books for college hoops will add extra games to the board for that night’s action. Smarter Bettors can also find posted moneylines for all the biggest games as you get closer to tipoff.
With 31 different conferences to choose from in Division I ball, there is always going to be some value plays on the board. Once February rolls around, many of the daily games feature a rematch from earlier conference play. Most conferences schedule their biggest rivalry games as part of the late-season schedule.
With every Division I team having over 20 games already in the books, it becomes easier to sort through the steady moneymakers and the consistent drains on the bankroll. For anyone who loves to ride a hot streak, a team’s current record both straight-up and against the spread paints a pretty clear picture of how its season is going.
For example, if you like to bet on teams from the Atlantic 10 conference, then going with La Salle (10-11 SU and 14-7 ATS) and going against VCU (16-6 SU and 8-14 ATS) might be the smart play this week. Louisville in the ACC is heating up with three covers in a row while Virginia Tech has failed to cover the closing spread in its last five games.
The Big 12’s Baylor Bears continue to set the pace as the top team in the nation with both major polls. They have won their last 18 games SU. Heading into Monday night’s road game against Kansas State as seven-point favorites, they have covered ATS in their last three games. Baylor is also a perfect 5-0 ATS in five previous road games this season.
Finding hot teams to bet on at an online bookie is rather easy to do. However, jumping around from one coast to the next actually betting on the games can result in too many low-percentage plays. Focusing all of your energy on just one or two specific conferences is an excellent way to improve your overall winning percentage. It is always a better handicapping plan to know more about a select number of teams as opposed to knowing a little about a large group.
Another betting tip to try and gain an edge against the online books is tracking recent betting trends. Some teams have another team’s number. Gaining a deeper understanding of the recent history between the two can add a higher level of predictability for future outcomes. Most teams play one another twice during the regular season so the results of the first meeting will have some bearing on the upcoming matchup.
Finally, it is always important to have access to an accurate injury report for betting college basketball. Many of the teams are not all that deep in scorers. If one of the top point scorers is not suiting up for tonight’s game, it could have a big impact on that game’s outcome.