3 Keys to Betting College Basketball

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Can you believe that college hoops start on November 9? Sharp sports bettors love to bet on college basketball because of the high number of profit opportunities that are on each day’s card.

Oddsmakers often have a difficult time putting up an accurate point spread and total for so many games so it’s a great time to build up your bankroll. Here are a few college basketball betting tidbits below.

Key #1: Find Your Conference Niche

There are 353 Division I College Basketball teams!  It is virtually impossible to know very much about each team!  The most successful college hoops bettors pick 2 or 3 conferences and attempt to become experts on those teams.

As sports bettors, the main edge we have over the bookmaker in that we do NOT have to bet every game. However, the sportsbooks must put a point spread out for every game!

Bettors must fully utilize this advantage, especially in college hoops where betting on obscure conferences (Big Sky, Horizon, Big South) can be immensely profitable!

Key #2: Become a Speed Reader

Being successful in betting college basketball comes down to having the most accurate (and the fastest) information! The more time you can invest in reading up on teams the better!

It’s a fantastic idea to follow some of the team’s beat-writers on Twitter.  A lot of times you can find out when a star player from a small school may be injured before the sportsbooks know about it.

This could often give you two to four points of betting value if you are able to bet the game before that information becomes common knowledge.

Key #3: Bet the Bounce Theory

Legendary Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz has a famous quote that states, “Nothing is as good as it seems, and nothing is as bad as it seems.  Somewhere in between lies reality”.

Remind yourself of this quote whenever an unranked underdog team storms the court after upsetting a ranked team!

Is that underdog team really that good or was it just their lucky day? It’s usually a great idea to fade teams coming off a huge emotional win because they are likely to come out “fat, happy, and flat” in their next game!

Skybox Journalist

Mike has been involved with sports for over 30 years. He played college baseball and has been betting on sports for more than 20 years. He has a degree in Sports Psychology and covers the NFL and College Football for SkyBox Capping Club.