Unique Props Bets Add Intrigue to NCAA Tournament Wagering

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Kevin Stott

Monday, March 5, 2018 7:33 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 7:33 PM UTC

The madness of March is upon us, as are a variety of unique props offerings that will be on the betting board until the Big Dance begins March 13 with the First Four matchups.

College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Props

The 2018 NCAA Tournament will tip off March 13 with the play-in games, two days after Selection Sunday (6 p.m. ET, TBS). For many, March Madness really begins the morning of March 15, when the first round (Round of 64) tips off. The Final Four is at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, with the national semifinals March 31 and the championship game April 2.

Here are some unique futures book props odds from 5Dimes, which even has odds on ESPN Bracketology man Joe Lunardi correctly predicting all 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament (Joe Lunardi Predicts All 68 Teams +340; Joe Lunardi Doesn’t Predict All 68 Teams -510).

Blowouts By Top Seeds

Any No. 1 Seed Wins by 40+ Points: +165

No No. 1 Seed Wins by 40+ Points: -215

2017 NCAA Tournament results: No team won by 40+ points last year, with No. 1 South Regional seed North Carolina routing 16-seed Texas Southern by 39 points (103-64) in the first round, and No. 1 Midwest Regional seed Kansas walloping 16-seed UC Davis by 38 (100-62). As for right now, the four projected No. 1 seeds in each region in the current ESPN Bracketology are Villanova (+750 to win 2018 NCAA Championship, Heritage) in the East; Virginia (8/1 to win 2018 NCAA Championship, Intertops) in the South; Xavier (20/1 to win 2018 NCAA Championship, YouWager) in the Midwest; and Kansas (14/1 to win 2018 NCAA Championship, Heritage) in the West. However, expect a couple of those to change with the bulk of the major conference tourneys this week.

Margins Of Victory

All No. 1 Seeds Win by 10+ Points: -130

Any No. 1 Seed Does Not Win by 10+ Points: -110

Games Decided by Exactly 1 Point, Over 4: +280

Games Decided by Exactly 1 Point, Under 4: -400

2017 NCAA Tournament results: In 67 games last year there were five games decided by exactly 1 point: Mount St. Mary’s beating New Orleans 67-66 in a play-in game; 7-seed Michigan nipping 10-seed Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round; 4-seed Florida topping 8-seed Wisconsin 84-83 in the region semifinals; 3-seed Oregon edging Michigan 69-68 in the region semifinals; and top-seeded and eventual national champion North Carolina beating Midwest 3-seed Oregon 77-76 in the Final Four. So, do you lean "over" (Over 4, +280, 5Dimes) and be apathetic should it Push? Or "under" (-400) knowing that First Four result would have jump-started this prop offering?


Overtimes/Buzzer Beaters

Any Game Goes to Overtime: -2,000

No Game Goes to Overtime: +1,000

Games Go to Overtime, Over 1: -400

Games Go to Overtime, Under 1: +280

Games Go to Overtime, Over 2: -180

Games Go to Overtime, Under 2: +140

Games Go to Overtime, Over 3: +170

Games Go to Overtime, Under 3: -230

2017 NCAA Tournament Results: Florida's Sweet 16 win over Wisconsin was the only overtime game.


Any Game Goes to Double Overtime: +115

No Game Goes to Double Overtime: -155

Games Going to Double Overtime, Over 1: +440

Games Going to Double Overtime, Under 1: -720

Any Game Goes to Triple Overtime: +700

No Game Goes to Triple Overtime: -1,500

Any Game Goes to Quadruple Overtime: +3,000

No Game Goes to Quadruple Overtime: -11,000

Any Game Ends in a Buzzer Beater: -295

No Game Ends in a Buzzer Beater: +215

Buzzer Beater Endings, Over 1: +130

Buzzer Beaters Endings, Under 1: -170

2017 NCAA Tournament Results: So the aforementioned Florida-Wisconsin Sweet 16 game from last year shows that one game can affect (at least) three future props bets. Chris Chiozza's 3-pointer at the buzzer would have resulted in this prop winning the “Any Game Goes to Overtime” and “Games Decided by Exactly 1 Point” offerings. In this prop, we can assume a buzzer beater would be to end the game -- not a half. A buzzer beater is defined (by Wikipedia) as "a shot that is taken before the game clock of a quarter, a half, or an overtime period expires but does not go in the basket until after the clock expires and the buzzer sounds.” So, the word “ends” is significant in this prop. Expect a buzzer beater or two in this hardwood-happy month.

Bubble Teams To Make Tournament

Baylor Makes 68-Team Field: +210

Baylor Won’t Make 68-Team Field: -290

Boise State Makes 68-Team Field: +290

Boise State Won’t Make 68-Team Field: -410

Louisville Makes 68-Team Field: +170

Louisville Won’t Make 68-Team Field: -230

Providence Makes 68-Team Field: +260

Providence Won’t Make 68-Team Field: -180

Syracuse Makes 68-Team Field: +200

Syracuse Won’t Make 68-Team Field: -280

Texas Makes 68-Team Field: -350

Texas Won’t Make 68-Team Field: +250

UCLA Makes 68-Team Field: -185

UCLA Won’t Make 68-Team Field: +145

USC Makes 68-Team Field: -320

USC Won’t Make 68-Team Field: +340

Utah Makes 68-Team Field: +330

Utah Won’t Make 68-Team Field: -490

Free NCAAB Picks

Free NCAA Tournament Props Pick: Games Go To Overtime, Over 2: -180 (5Dimes)

Free NCAA Tournament Futures Pick: Kansas 14/1 (Heritage), Michigan 66/1 (Intertops)

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