We’re just over a month into the college basketball season but attention is already turning to March Madness. The NCAA’s marquee basketball tournament begins on the 15th of March 2020.
The tournament is one of the most popular events of the year for sports betting. There are many online betting options for Canadian bettors. CanPlay Sports offers a full range of markets on NCAA basketball games and tournaments.
What is March Madness?
March Madness is a single-elimination men’s basketball tournament featuring teams from NCAA Division 1. The 68 competing colleges are announced on Selection Sunday before the action begins with the First Four match-ups.
The tournament is played over four rounds finishing up with National Championship Game in Atlanta. March Madness is the most popular college sports event in the world, attracting over 100 million views annually in the United States.
Final Four Betting
CanPlayCasino.com has a full breakdown of the Final Four betting on CanPlay Sports.
The odds are quite likely to change before the start of the tournament. The opening month of NCAA season has been quite open and the current betting reflects the tight nature of the tournament.
Current Final Four favourites with CanPlay Sports:
- Duke Blue Devils +125
- Gonzaga Bulldogs +125
- Kansas Jayhawks +140
- Baylor Bears +140
- Michigan State Spartans +150
(Odds correct 2020-01-21)
March Madness is usually a favourite of casual bettors who get involved with the hype of the tournament. Betting behaviour around the tournament is often dictated by fandom rather than statistics and analytics. ‘Cinderella’ teams play a central role in March Madness and are often backed heavily by the casual fan as the tournament continues.
There are 67 matches in the March Madness tournament. You will be able to bet on each game with CanPlay Sports. There are several markets available on each game. You can place your bets on the moneyline, spreads, over/unders, winning margins and total team points.
Basketball Spreads Explained
Point spread betting is the most common form of basketball bet, for both college and professional basketball. With this in mind, here’s an overview of how to place your bet on March Madness spreads.
- The points spread is a handicap placed on the favoured team to make the betting equal.
- The points will be taken away from the favourites e.g. -5.5 points.
- The underdogs will have the points added to their total e.g. +5.5 points.
- The odds in the spread will be more or less equal for both teams.
- The favourite may have odds of -200 and the underdog +150 in the moneyline but with the spread applied they will both be listed at -110.
Betting on Basketball
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in Canada and it’s popular with Canadian bettors too. As a result, we have given you an NBA betting guide and weekly NBA previews to keep you informed on all things basketball.
Placing your March Madness bets in Canada
You can place your March Madness bets with an online bookmaker in Canada.
Firstly, is the bookmaker available in Canada?
Secondly, the online bookmaker you use needs to be licensed. CanPlay Sports is regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
Thirdly, do they have a Customer Support team?
Lastly, do they take problem gambling seriously? Each bookmaker is required to promote responsible gambling. You can get more information about CanPlay’s Responsible Gambling Policy here.
March Madness 2020 in Atlanta
While it is still some time away, it’s important to keep an eye on the betting markets for March Madness. Whether you are a casual fan or an experienced bettor, you will get caught up in the tournament hype.
To conclude, it’s important to keep an eye on the odds as they change before we reach the Final Four in Atlanta next year.