How to Get Started With March Madness Betting

Let The Madness Begin

Jason Lake

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 2:40 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 2:40 PM GMT

We’re getting closer and closer to the Big Dance. Are you ready to make your March Madness picks? Here’s how you can get a tasty slice of all that college hoops action

You can already tell how crazy this year’s NCAA men’s basketball Tournament is going to be. The first batch of conference title games has been off the charts, especially in the Big Ten, where the Michigan Wolverines stunned almost everyone by successfully defending their crown. Take that excitement, multiply by 10, and you’ve got March Madness in a nutshell.

If you’re completely new to making college basketball picks, no sweat: Start with Part I of our series on March Madness betting. For those of you who have at least some experience with sports betting, here are three important tips to help can make the most of this very special Tournament.

Open Multiple Accounts

Last summer, we ran a series of football betting life hacks that included one of the most important tips you’ll ever get: Make sure to open accounts at more than one sportsbook. It’s a competitive market out there, and not every book will have the same price listed on the NCAAB odds board. There’s usually someone offering the team you want at a bargain price, even if it’s “just” a half-point or a deal on vigorish, and the better price you get, the more money you’ll win in the long run.

Gather Resources

As we said in Part I, being a winning bettor (again, in the long run) is a battle between you and the other people making their basketball picks. You need quality information to win this battle. Make sure to check out Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency-based statistics if you’re not already familiar with them. Sports Reference has an excellent college hoops site where you can look at rosters and game results as well as advanced stats. And of course, you should have some reliable sports websites bookmarked, so you can keep track of important injuries and other team news.

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Welcome to the month of Izzo. Don’t let ongoing FBI investigations and the fact that Michigan State is 2-5 in its last seven games in March stop you from heaping endless amounts of praise on Izzo and his Spartans.

— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 1, 2018

Watch and Learn

Champ Week is the last chance you’ll get to watch these teams perform before March Madness. If you have access, take a moment to tune in and learn what you can about some of the marquee teams, focussing on their strengths and weaknesses. Teams who struggle during their conference title games might not do so well at the Big Dance – Michigan State, we’re looking at you.

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