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How Can I be successful at College Basketball gaming?

The best way to bet on college basketball and win is to specialize in a select few conferences and bet lines right when they open. That way, you can get the best of the numbers.

You can use our power ratings to create your own point spread projections. Be sure to follow local beat writers and team accounts for your selected conferences to acquire more information than the betting market and sportsbooks.

Explain a point spread in college basketball odds?

Point spreads are a bet on the margin of victory in a game. One team will be favored because they're the stronger team, and they need to win by more than the point spread to win the bet. The other team needs to lose by that number of points, or win the game, to win the bet.

Let's say UCLA is a -9.5 favorite over Indiana in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA needs to win by 10 points or more to win the bet. If Indiana loses by 1-9 points, or wins the game, it wins the bet for its bettors.

What is a Total bet in college basketball?

The total is a bet on the combined points scored by both teams in a single game. As a bettor, you're not trying to guess the number exactly -- you're trying to predict whether it will go over or under the preset amount. That's why a total is also called an over/under.

Let's say the total in that UCLA-Indiana game is 144 -- an average college basketball total. If Villanova wins 80-70 (150 total points), the game goes over. If UCLA wins 70-60 (130 total points), the game goes under.

Explain how college basketball moneylines work?

A moneyline is a wager that forces you to pick the winner of a game, but the odds are adjusted for each team's ability.

American moneyline odds are based on winning $100. A favorite will have a minus sign in front, and that number represents how much you need to risk to win $100. The underdog will have a plus sign, and that number represents how much you will win if you risk $100.

UCLA might be -400 against Indiana if it's about 10 points better on the point spread. To win $100 betting on UCLA, you must risk $400. You'll get your $400 back, plus $100, if UCLA wins as expected. Indiana will be a corresponding +300, let's say. If you risk $100, you'll win $300 (plus your original $100 back) if the Hoosiers pull off the upset.

American odds scale up and down based on how much you want to bet, so it's usually easier to think of them in cents rather than dollars -- $4 wins $1 on UCLA, $1 wins $3 on Indiana.