It’s here — madness, mania, basketball derangement syndrome, whatever you want to call it, and we have the guide to betting on EVERY first-round game.
No need to wait — the madness is all around us, even now. Conference tournament week offers some of the best and most desperate basketball the college game has to offer, with power teams trying to solidify high NCAA seeds and bubble teams trying to avoid falling off.
The wave of sports betting is washing across America, with eight states now allowing the practice and several more considering similar legislation. It’s a phenomenon whose popularity is growing only larger — even if some banks in the United States have yet to fully embrace or understand it.
Major League Baseball wanted Nevada sports books to take spring training games off the board. The state’s Gaming and Control Board responded with a firm no.
The PGA Tour will now allow sponsorship from gambling companies, though pro golf’s sanctioning body stopped short of allowing pure sportsbooks into its ranks in the U.S. Gambling entities such as casino and daily fantasy sports companies can now serve as sponsors of players and tournaments and official partners of the Tour itself.
March Madness may refer specifically to the NCAA Tournament, but the craziness of college basketball’s best month starts two weeks before the Big Dance. Conference tournaments, beginning with the one-bid desperation of smaller leagues and concluding with nightly rumbles by the big boys, are when the mania truly begins to take hold.
The shot clock is shorter, the skill level runs the gamut, and styles can vary wildly from programs that place an emphasis on defense to others that run up and down the court.
In all of the sports betting landscape, few sports offer as many possibilities as college basketball betting, with loaded schedules almost nightly and powerhouse matchups every few days. There’s a lot of opportunity out there, but it pays to be prepared.
While upsets dominate the NCAA Tournament’s first week, the big boys still own the national title. Over the last decade, the championship has been won by a No. 1 seed seven times, including three of the last four years.
The college football national championship game on Monday night was a blowout. But early indications are the title race will once again be neck-in-neck between Clemson and Alabama next season.
The last time Alabama met Clemson in the College Football Playoff, a semifinal game turned into a siege.
They’re a pair of double-digit favorites in a College Football Playoff format that over its brief existence has rarely seen upsets.
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