With 354 teams that play as part of 32 different conferences, Division I college basketball is a massive enterprise. For sports bettors, that means endless opportunities day in and day out to find great NCAAB odds and bets during the season.
A typical college basketball regular season runs from early Nov. through early March. The NCAA Tournament then tips off mid-March and runs through the national championship the first weekend of April. Other postseason tournaments include the NIT and the College Basketball Invitational.
All these events provide ample opportunity to place college basketball bets online in Indiana on sportsbooks apps or in retail sportsbooks.
See below for a sample of current live odds for NCAA basketball betting in Indiana when the season begins. Click on any odds to go straight to the sportsbook and claim your free bets/bonus. To see the full NCAA basketball odds board, check our full sports betting odds feed.
Check the second tab for real-time odds on the 2021 NCAA basketball champion at Indiana online sportsbooks. Click on any odds to jump straight to any online sportsbook, register your account and claim your free bets/bonuses. Use the drop-down menu to see other NCAAB futures boards including to odds to make the Final Four.
Yes, you can bet in Indiana. The easiest way is by downloading an online betting app to place bets anywhere within the state’s borders. Apps include DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers. In-person betting is allowed in casinos with sportsbooks that are also run by big names like DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars Sport, and William Hill.
There are no restrictions on betting for Division I college basketball in Indiana. That stands in contrast to other states, like New Jersey, where fans are prohibited from betting on New Jersey teams.
When it comes to picking a betting app, there are several things to consider. You want to pick one that offers the sports you like betting on. Additionally, you’ll want to pick a sports betting app that offer the best lines and a good welcome bonus. Really, though, picking an app or apps to bet on is a matter of personal preference. Three of the best include:
When it comes to betting on college basketball, there are plenty of things to wager on besides just the outcome of the game. Here are some of the most popular types of college basketball bets:
With NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana is arguably the heart of all college sports. Moreover, anyone who has seen Hoosiers knows that the state of Indiana has a longstanding tradition as a breeding ground for some of the best college basketball teams in history.
Between Indiana and surrounding states, the number of accomplished programs with fervent fan bases is pretty daunting:
|8||Illinois||Fighting Illini||Big Ten
|9||Duke||Blue Devils||Atlantic Coast
|13||Michigan State||Spartans||Big Ten
|14||Texas Tech||Red Raiders||Big 12
|15||West Virginia||Mountaineers||Big 12
|16||North Carolina||Tar Heels||Atlantic Coast
|18||Arizona State||Sun Devils||Pacific 12
|21||Florida State||Seminoles||Atlantic Coast
|23||Ohio State||Buckeyes||Big Ten
|24||Rutgers||Scarlet Knights||Big Ten
Get the latest rankings at AP’s Top 25 Poll
The lead-up to March Madness is a series of smaller tournaments that determine the champions of each conference. For many schools, this tournament is the entirety of the postseason. If the team does not win the tournament and secure an automatic bid into the NCAA March Madness tournament, they are done for the year.
In 2021, the conference tournaments get underway on March 3rd. Here is a look at some important conference tournament dates:
Selection Sunday, the day the NCAA Selection Committee finalizes the 68-team March Madness field, will take place on Sunday, March 14.
Note: Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, all March Madness tournament games will be played in the Indianapolis area.
The field of 68 teams will be announced on Sunday, March 14. The bracket will break down into four regions with 16 teams each. These regions are:
The last eight teams selected will play in the First Four in Indianapolis. The round acts as a play-in for the main bracket. Unlike past years, where these teams were playing for a 16 seed, the seeding for this is variable.
The best college basketball teams to bet are not the best-known teams. They’re the teams that have put together quality seasons without the notoriety of a blue blood program. If the line looks favorable, take a chance on a Dayton or San Diego State. They may seem like no-brainers, but many people will be turned off by their smaller brands.
Start by doing research, then do more research, and finally, research before you make your bets. There is great value to be found outside of the major conferences, and especially when those teams play against the top teams in March. If you keep tabs on the mid-major conferences throughout the season, you’ll have familiarity with tomorrow’s dark horse today.
The NCAA tournament selection committee is comprised of select athletic directors and conference commissioners from around the country. They gather during the conference tournaments to evaluate and choose each team based on factors including strength of schedule, records, opportunities, and quality wins.
The committee finalizes its decisions following the conclusion of conference tournaments. The bracket is revealed on the Selection Sunday show.
NCAA basketball lines are set by individual sportsbooks and casinos. The line will be set with information gathered on both teams, with the goal of limiting the losses of the gambling provider. Large amounts of bets in one direction or the other can make the line larger or smaller.
While sportsbooks and casinos may look to Las Vegas lines for guidance, each sportsbook has its own regulations and responsibility for its losses. They’ll make independent decisions based on information available. The betting habits of people in different parts of the country will also play a role in influencing the lines in other locales. When fans of a local team choose to bet on their team in a region like Indiana, it could alter the odds in an Indiana book in a way that wouldn’t occur in Las Vegas.
Second-half NCAA basketball lines provide an opportunity to place a bet for the second half of the game. The odds may change from the pre-game line because of actual game action that occurred in the first half. Take a look at new probabilities and make a decision for the final 20 minutes of play.