Purdue Gonzaga FSU Michigan State -6 vs. Auburn Michigan -1 vs. Texas Tech Duke -8 vs.
Even so, the sport is as popular as it has ever been, which has generated a lot of betting interest. Point Spreads In college basketball there are a lot of teams, and some are much stronger than others.
The difference is the bettors has to predict whether or not a team will win by the margin listed on the NCAA Basketball odds boards. With the minus sign in front, that means they have to win by nine points or more to cover the spread and for you to win your bet on Duke.
If they win by eight or less, or their opponent wins, then Duke does not cover the spread.
Money Lines While spreads focus on the margin of victory, moneylines only focus on the outright result. All you care about is who wins the game. For example, Duke might be a favorite over North Carolina State.
Totals When it comes totals, this is just the combined final score between the two teams. When you look at the lines, the NCAA Basketball odds makers set an over-under which asks whether the final score will be 'over' or above that number, or 'under' and below.
For the Duke-N. State game, you might see a line of So if the final score is something like , then the combined points is less than the If the combined score is or , then the game has gone over the number and everyone who bet on the over wins their bet.
Futures Futures bets are wagers that focus on events that will happen in the long term future. So while the above three bets focus on nightly action where the bets will be resolved by the end of the evening, futures focus on results that will take some time to decide.
For example, in the preseason, you might want to bet on who will win March Madness or which team will win a certain conference. That can prove to be quite profitable if you make the right selections with your NCAA Basketball picks.