Betting On NCAA Basketball
Licensed Michigan sportsbooks book everything from college basketball moneylines, point spreads, totals, futures, and parlays. They also run bracket contests for March Madness.
NCAAB futures are available year-round and single-game wagering is an option throughout the regular season, conference tournaments and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, otherwise known as March Madness.
Here’s a look at the best college basketball bets and the top sportsbooks willing to take them, plus live college basketball odds in Michigan.
Best College Basketball Betting Sites
Live NCAA basketball odds
Check the tabs below for real college basketball odds posted at legal MI online sportsbooks. To see the full lineup of odds for all NCAA basketball games, check our live Michigan sports betting odds page. Click on any odds below to go directly to the sportsbook, claim your bonus and open a new account.
College basketball betting apps
With Michigan’s online sports betting market, you can bet on NCAA basketball with one of many Michigan betting apps, provided you are 21 or over and inside state lines. No other method is more convenient for betting on college basketball lines because you can access these apps and place bets anywhere inside Michigan with internet access.
You will need to download an app, register for an account, and deposit before you can bet. However, the top Michigan sports betting apps on the market will make this an easy process.
Most apps are available for download to iPhone/iPad and Android devices through sports betting websites. Signing up for an account requires you to provide a minimal amount of personal and account information, including the following:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Social Security number, or the last four digits
Of course, you’re also going to want to sign up using our exclusive promo code, ensuring you receive the best sign-up bonus available.
Finally, you can deposit money in your sports betting account using one of several convenient methods of deposit. These include online bank transfers, cash at certain retail locations, credit cards, debit cards, and popular third-party e-wallets like PayPal.
After that, you will be ready to browse through the betting markets on the app and tap on any bets you wish to make.
Is it legal to bet on college basketball in Michigan?
Yes! As long as you are 21, inside the state, and betting with a licensed Michigan sports betting operator, you can bet on college basketball in Michigan.
In December 2019, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a package of gambling expansion bills legalizing online casinos in Michigan, online poker, and sports betting.
Since no restrictions were placed on NCAA betting inside the state, these laws effectively allow licensed online and retail sportsbooks to offer moneyline, spread, and totals bets on every Division I college basketball game. There are also multi-game NCAA basketball parlays, futures allowing you to wager on the eventual winner of the NCAA Tournament, and traditional March Madness bracket contests.
How college basketball betting works
Basic NCAA basketball betting is quite easy. Putting traditional March Madness bracket contests aside for a minute, here’s a list of the basic ways you can bet on college basketball:
Moneyline: A moneyline bet is a wager on which team will win the game. All other factors besides the final score are irrelevant to the bet. Moneylines are denoted by the three-digit number next to each team’s name. A negative number means that the team is the favorite, and the number listed is how much you’d have to bet in order to win $100. Conversely, a positive number denotes the underdog in the match, and the three-digit number is your payout for a successful $100 wager.
Spread: In this type of wager, you are betting on how accurately you believe the sportsbook has estimated the margin of victory. The book will set the spread before the game by assigning positive and negative versions of the same number to each team in a match. The team with the negative number is the favorite, and in order for your bet to win, the team must win the game by more points than the estimate. A positive-numbered team is the favorite, and a winning bet on this crew requires them to lose by fewer points than the spread.
Totals: A totals bet is better known as the “over-under” because you are wagering whether the combined point total in a game will be over or under the sportsbook’s estimate.
Parlays: In parlay betting, you fold multiple wagers into one single bet. Each constituent wager in a parlay is known as a leg. These bets are high-risk, high-reward situations because it is necessary for every single leg to be chosen correctly in order for the bet to pay out. The risk is so great that successful parlays with greater than 10 legs are often newsworthy, both for their unlikeliness and their resulting payout.
Live betting: Live betting, on in-play wagering, is a type of proposition wager on games that are already in progress. Thanks to the technology of the day, online sportsbooks in Michigan can offer bets on events as small as single plays. So, it’s not uncommon for a single NCAA game to have more than one hundred possible wagers.
How to bet on the NCAA Basketball Tournament
There are three ways to bet on conference tournaments and the NCAA’s March Madness, including:
- Single game betting
For the most part, bracket contests are how most people wager on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. You fill out a 63-game bracket prior to the start tournament, then submit it either into a paid pool or a free NCAA Tournament bracket contest. Many Michigan sportsbooks will run both.
Pick winners, enter one of the top brackets in the contest or pool, and you’ll pick up a share of the prize pool.
Michigan sportsbooks host futures markets which allow you to wager on teams to win a conference tournament or the National Championship. Futures markets are open year-round with odds that are adjusted throughout the season.
Michigan sportsbooks allow you to bet on every single NCAA basketball game throughout the regular season, conference tournaments, and March Madness.
Betting on each game allows you the freedom to pick or choose your bets, whereas using a tournament bracket requires you to make picks for every game in the tournament.
See the latest March Madness game odds right here.
Where can you go to bet on College Basketball in Michigan?
Since you can now bet on College Hoops here in Michigan without issue, why not make a night of it? Here are some of the top retail outlets where you can watch and wager on NCAAB while browsing all of the latest odds and lines.
MGM Grand Detroit
- Name: BetMGM Sports Lounge
- Address: 1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
- Phone: (877) 888-2121
- Sportsbook hours: 7 days – 9 a.m – 11 p.m
- Lounge hours: 7 days – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Online sportsbook: BetMGM in Michigan
You won’t miss a second of the action with 60 HDTVs on site. There are plenty of different seating options, six betting windows, 14 self-serve kiosks throughout the casino, as well as a full service bar for visitors to relax and enjoy.
Turtle Creek Casino
- Name: Onyx Sportsbook by Caesars Sportsbook
- Address: 7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690
- Phone: (231) 534-8870
- Sportsbook hours: M-Th: Noon – 12 a.m. Fr/Sa: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Su: 10 a.m. – Midnight.
- Online sportsbook: Caesars Sportsbook in Michigan
Betting windows and kiosks are there for your wagering needs at Onyx Sportsbook by Caesars, but that’s not all by a longshot. You’ll find a full-service bar, games, and an outdoor patio among the amenities that are awaiting your visit.
Gun Lake Casino
- Name: Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge
- Address: 1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI 49348
- Phone: (269) 792-7629
- Sportsbook hours: M-Th: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. F: 12 p.m. – Midnight. S/S: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Online sportsbook: Play Gun Lake
One of the newest additions to the retail sports betting scene in Michigan is the Stage 131 Sportsbook & Lounge. Featuring a full-service bar and and a range of seating options, you can even call ahead and reserve your spot with special packages available.
This is just a handful of places to go to wager on college hoops in person. Among the other spots that you’ll want to check out are the River Rock Sportsbook & Grill at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, and the Four Winds Casino Sportsbook in New Buffalo.
Tips for betting on NCAA Basketball
NCAA basketball is fun to watch and even more fun to bet on. Of course, college basketball betting is infinitely more enjoyable when you’re winning.
These beginner betting tips should help:
- Focus: There are more than 350 DI basketball programs across the country. So, it’s almost impossible to closely follow everything happening in the world of NCAA basketball. It’s best to pick a team or two, possibly local schools. Follow and bet on them exclusively. Focusing your research can lead to improved win rates.
- Watch games: Observe as many NCAA basketball games as you can in order to turn your picks from random guesses into educated conjectures. Form betting opinions based on the data you uncover by watching teams play.
- Do some research: The internet is filled with college hoops information and you can use it to inform your picks. Check out CBS Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports, and/or local sports affiliates where you can study game summaries and statistics. Plus, use local resources, area newspapers, and local TV/radio stations to give yourself an edge.
- Make situational picks: Look for rivalry games, scheduling conflicts, and teams ripe for an upset because of the situation the schedule has put them in. You may find yourself a step ahead of oddsmakers by paying attention to more than just the current matchup.
- Look for movement: If a line moves significantly prior to game time, there is an opportunity to make money by “fading” the public. Stick to oddsmakers original predictions and take advantage of movements in the line forced by public money.
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball consists of 351 schools in 32 conferences. Teams play between 25 and 35 regular-season games between November and March. Each Division I conference then hosts its own seeded tournament.
Conference tournament champions are usually granted entry into the annual NCAA Tournament. The NCAA then picks 34 other teams for March Madness in order to seed the rest of the field.
Some lower-seeded teams may then have to play their way into the NCAA Tournament’s first round through First Four games.
Once it’s down to 64 teams, the first weekend of NCAA Tournament begins, and each team plays up to two games between Thursday and Sunday. The following weekend narrows the field through the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. The four teams that survive the second weekend – the Final Four – play for the National Championship the following weekend.
How you can watch NCAA Basketball in Michigan
Television networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN2, FS1, and FOX air NCAA basketball games throughout the year.
For Michigan fans, Big Ten Tournament games air on the Big Ten Network from the opening round through the quarterfinal. CBS airs the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and championship game. Regular-season games also air on the Big Ten Network, ESPN, and FOX Sports.
March Madness games broadcast live on CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. The tournament also hosts a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Games also stream live on CBSSports.com.
Michigan NCAAB teams
The Wolverines represent the Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. The Wolverines have played in 29 NCAA Tournaments. From those 29 appearances, Michigan has made it to the Final Four eight times, the Elite Eight 14 times, and the Sweet 16 an impressive 15 times.
Michigan won the 1989 National Championship behind the play of the tournament’s most outstanding player Glen Rice and coaching from Steve Fisher. Michigan beat Seton Hall, 80–79, in overtime in the championship game.
The Wolverines’ latest Final Four appearance came in 2018 when the team beat Loyola-Chicago in the semifinals and lost to Villanova in the championship game, 79–62.
The Wolverines are now coached by Juwan Howard, an alumnus who played on the school’s famed Fab Five teams in the 1990s. Howard, who played 19 seasons in the NBA, took over the Wolverines in May 2019 after the surprising resignation of John Beilein.
Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans represent East Lansing’s Michigan State University in the NCAA’s Big Ten Conference.
The Spartans have appeared in 33 NCAA Tournaments, including 22 straight, with two National Championships and 10 Final Four appearances. The Spartans 1977 National Championship team was led by basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The 2000 National Championship team was led by seniors Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson and coached by Tom Izzo.
The Spartans beat the Florida Gators, 89–76, in the 2000 title game.
Izzo is already a Hall of Fame coach and has long sought his elusive second national title. The school received a noteworthy commitment in June 2020 from local prep star Emoni Bates that has MSU fans excited for the future.
More Michigan NCAA Division I Basketball
Other Michigan-based NCAA Division I Basketball programs include:
- Detroit Mercy Titans (Horizon League)
- Oakland Golden Grizzlies (Horizon League)
- Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference)
- Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference)
- Western Michigan Broncos (Mid-American Conference)
NCAA Basketball AP Top 25 poll
Get current team rankings at AP’s Top 25 Poll
College Basketball FAQ
There are 351 schools in 32 different Division I conferences.
The NCAA regular season runs between November and March. Most teams play 25 to 35 games during their seasons, then play conference tournaments at the beginning of March. The best of the best will then enter March Madness in mid-March and play through early April.
- 2021: Baylor
- 2019: Virginia
- 2018: Villanova
- 2017: North Carolina
- 2016: Villanova
- 2015: Duke
- 2014: Connecticut
- 2013: Louisville
- 2012: Kentucky
- 2011: Connecticut
UCLA has won 11 National Championships, making it the winningest program in NCAA Tournament history. However, UCLA has not won a title since 1995.
With 20, the North Carolina Tar Heels have made more Final Four appearances than any other NCAA basketball team.
The Tar Heels have won seven National Championships with the last one coming in 2017.
Not much. Most opening lines for college basketball games in Las Vegas and Michigan sportsbooks are going to be the same.
Differences are found when the lines move because of heavy betting on one side or the other. Since Vegas is a more mature betting market with more money, there’s more line movement.
Yes. Michigan law does not prohibit betting on college sports.
The NCAA has come out against betting on college basketball, citing concerns over corruption of the spirit of the game and the athletes themselves. However, there is no evidence that sports betting negatively affects the games themselves, so don’t sweat it too much.