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Hi, I’m Bill Krackomberger, a professional sports bettor. I want to help you have the best NCAAB betting season. Check out my college basketball betting tips, guides and articles below.

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5 Tips for Betting on College Basketball

No sport has treated me and my bankroll better than college basketball. Each and every year, the NCAAB season provides some of the best action on the market. If you have been following me over the past few years on KrackWins, you know I preach over and over about the mantra of money management and finding value and success over the long run. College Basketball is, without a doubt, the sport that provides the biggest return when applying these commandments. Below are five sports betting tips to get you rolling in the green this season.

Betting Tip #1

Tons of Teams = Tons of Value.

As KrackWins members know, we have been regularly beating FCS and smaller market football games. Why? There simply is less information out there on the lesser known teams for the bookmakers to set the number which means loose lines are plentiful. That same theory applies to college basketball but with exponentially more options. Where there are 130 FBS college football teams, there are 351 Division 1 college basketball teams. This translates into an average of over 175 games on any given week. On a busy weekend, there could be in upwards of 100 games on the college basketball board – with opportunities for edges to be found and value to be had. My analysts often know more about these teams than the books themselves and we pounce on them. With 351 teams, how much time can a book spend setting the Fairfield v. Marist line on a Tuesday night? Keep your eye out for small market games, especially early in the season as we will be sending these college basketball picks out frequently to our members.

Betting Tip #2

To Buy or Not to Buy.

Though I don’t normally buy points as a general practice, college basketball is one of the sports that it is valuable to buy in a few certain circumstances. Similarly, for some NCAAB plays, it is better to play the money line, depending on the numbers. We will lay the -120 to get to one of the key NCAA Basketball numbers. Make sure your book is charging proper juice and not adding an extra 5-10 cents. Always hunt out the best line for your college basketball picks. It is so important to get the correct number on college basketball sides. I would recommend getting as many sportsbook accounts as possible in your home state. And if you are in a state that is new to sports betting make sure to take advantage of all of the signup promotions that are currently available.

Betting Tip #3

Totals, Totals, Totals.

As all KrackWins Nation knows, we are all about the totals, no matter the sport. College basketball is no exception. While college football offers at most a 20 point variance, most college basketball totals are going to be in the 120 to 160 range. Teams that shoot a lot of 3 pointers or play a fast paced style can be more impacted by a specific type of defense, making that contrast vital in setting/betting a number. Opportunities abound on certain totals throughout the season if you know where to find them.

Betting Tip #4

Bankroll Management.

Broken record time…bankroll management is always key, but more important than ever in college basketball. Games will start at as early as 7:00 pm EST on weeknights and Noon EST on weekends and run through 11:00 pm EST starts for West Coast games. This presents several different spots in which one could chase earlier losses. DO NOT FALL IN THAT TRAP. Keep your bets the same based on bankroll percentage throughout the season or you will be on tilt before conference play begins.

Betting Tip #5

Seek a Professional Edge.

College basketball may be played by amateurs, but betting college basketball is, simply put, a professionals game. Do not go at it alone. While you may have the time to check the scores or the standings each day, the KrackWins team researches for hours each day to come up with our college basketball picks. You know that being a sports bettor requires dedication and discipline over the long haul and no haul is longer than the college basketball marathon. We will be grinding each day to find the value for you so let us do the heavy lifting this season.

Enjoy the Hoops everyone.

Author: Bill Krackomberger

Author: Bill Krackomberger

Professional Sports Bettor

I love to help and to teach people what I have learned the last twenty-five years as a consistently winning sports bettor. I have been a guest on many networks, including ESPN, CNN, Fox Sports, VSIN and radio shows coast to coast as well as am featured in the new Showtime series “Action”. Download my app KrackWins to get my College Basketball picks in live time.
Bill Krackomberger

Bill Krackomberger

Professional Sports Bettor

I love to help and to teach people what I have learned the last twenty-five years as a consistently winning sports bettor. I have been a guest on many networks, including ESPN, CNN, Fox Sports, VSIN and radio shows coast to coast as well as am featured in the new Showtime series “Action”. Download my app KrackWins to get my College Basketball picks in live time.

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College Basketball Betting 101

Learn the basics of college basketball betting. If you want to be successful in betting on NCAAB, get to know these terms and definitions.

Point Spread

The handicap, or head start, which the favorite gives to the underdog for betting purposes.


To beat the point spread by the required number of points. When you win, you have “covered the spread.”


A bet on whether the combined total of the points/goals scored by the two teams will exceed or be less than a specified number.


A bet where no point spread is involved and is based solely on which team will win the game.

Straight Bet

A wager on just one team.

Futures Bets

Bets placed on an event taking place sometime in the future. (e.g. betting during the regular season on who will win the NCAA Championship or Conference Championship).

Parlay Bets

One bet on two or more teams/outcomes playing in separate games. The odds are greater if you win, however, all selections must be correct for the parlay to win. If you bet a 4 team parlay, it may pay 10-1, but if you win 3 of the games and lose 1, you lose the bet. In the event of a push or a game cancellation in one game, the parlay reverts to the next lower number (e.g. a 4-team parlay becomes a 3-team parlay).

Teaser Bets

A bet on two or more teams where the line on each team is adjusted a certain amount of points. For example, if UCLA is +6 vs. Duke and Baylor is +3 vs Kansas, you can play a 5 point teaser in which you have UCLA +11 and Baylor + 8. However, similar to a parlay, all selections in the teaser must be correct for the bet to win and with some books, a push on one bet equals a loss of the overall bet.

Totals Bet

A bet where the bettor bets that the total score combined by the two teams will be over or under the number set by the bookmaker.


A basic measurement used by bettors to better understand a record. Each bettor’s unit can be a different dollar amount based on their bankroll and preferred risk.

Open vs. Closing Odds

Opening odds are the very first odds/lines that are listed for a specific game and it’s the first chance for the betting public to see what bookmakers think of that game. Closing odds are the odds offered by bookmakers just before the game starts and are based on how the betting public has wagered leading up to the game.

Favorites vs. Underdogs

When oddsmakers release a betting line on a game, the first thing they do is decide which team should be the favorite and which should be the underdog.

The favorite is the team that is expected to win the game and will get a minus sign next to its odds, while the underdog is expected to lose and gets a plus sign. If the game is a toss-up, books will open it as a “pick” or “pick’em.”

March Madness

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball single elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The penultimate round is known as the Final Four, when only four teams are left.

Selection Sunday

Day in March when a selection committee reveals the full NCAA tournament bracket, including all teams and all seeds.


The March Madness bracket is the grid of all the teams in the tournament and the path they have to follow to the Final Four and the championship game.

Frequently Asked Questions – College Basketball Betting

Where are the best sportsbooks to bet on College Basketball games?
Make sure you review as many books as you can and find the best line value. Do not bet a bad line or one that has already significantly moved.
What strategies to consider when betting on College Basketball games?

Motivation, injuries to key players, home court advantage, styles of play, days off between games for each team

How to read and understand College Basketball betting lines?

2 and 3 are the key numbers in college basketball. The difference between getting 3.5 and 3 when betting an underdog can really pay off over the course of a season.

How do money lines work in college basketball?

Money line wagers mean you are picking the team that you think will win the game, regardless of the spread. If you bet the favorite to win, you will have to lay odds.

Where can I get the best college basketball picks?


How much should I bet on college basketball games?

Never bet more than 1-3% of your total betting bankroll on any one game.

What stats matter the most when betting on college basketball?

Pace of play, offensive efficiency, 3 point percentage, free throw percentage.

How much should I factor in injuries when betting college basketball games?

Injuries to key players are key, but they are also overvalued and baked into the line by the bookmaker.

What is a total bet in college basketball?

When you bet the total points scored combined by the two teams in the game.

How can I be successful betting college basketball prop bets?

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How much should I consider betting college basketball futures before the season?

Because there are so many teams in Division I college basketball, future bets such as who will win the National Championship are very hard to win. If you have a favorite team you think has a chance, a future bet on that team to win it all could be fun for you to root for all season, but do not put too much on bets such as these.

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