Last Updated Nov 30, 2022, 6:12 AM

2023 NCAA TOURNAMENT MARCH MADNESS PICKS

Our 2023 NCAA Tourney Picks & Predictions are updated throughout the college basketball regular season as we focus on the NCAA Tournament landscape, which includes Futures Odds, Betting Reports, Insights and much more as we approach March Madness.

2023 NCAA Tourney Picks

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2023 NCAAB ODDS REPORT

March Madness odds have been on the board for months, and with the season almost here, interest is starting to pick up. The NCAA Tournament's ever-expanding popularity makes college basketball national championship odds attractive to bettors of all stripes.

There's a logjam atop WynnBet's board, with Gonzaga, Houston and North Carolina the +1000 co-favorites in odds to win the NCAA Tournament. Defending national champion Kansas is lurking. But plenty more teams are in the mix and certainly worth a look.

March Madness Opening Odds Report

NCAA TOURNAMENT BETTING INSIGHTS

Our friends at BetMGM provide weekly betting updates that shows you where the bets and money are going.

Futures Odds Movements
Houston +1000 to +750
Texas +2500 to +1200
Illinois +5000 to +2500

Highest Ticket %
Kansas 10.2%
North Carolina 9.1%
Kentucky 7.6%

Highest Handle %
Houston 12.4%
Kansas 12.0%
Kentucky 11.1%

Top 25 Contenders to Watch

Insights Subject to Change

Odds to Win 2023 NCAA Tournament

The best thing about the NCAA Tournament is that over 300 schools have a chance to earn a bid to the event and bettors can wager on all of them to cut down the nets in 2023. Listed below are the top contenders at BetMGM.

COLLEGE HOOPS TOURNAMENT RESOURCES

2023 NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT DATES

The 2023 NCAA College Basketball Championship is scheduled to take place on Monday, Apr. 3, 2023 from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the Final Four semifinal matchups will occur before on Saturday Apr. 1, 2023 with CBS providing national coverage on all three games.

Selection Sunday

Mar. 12, 2023 (6:00 p.m. ET)

First Four

Tuesday, Mar. 14 & Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2023
UD Arena from Dayton, Ohio

First & Second Rounds

Thursday, Mar. 16 & Friday, Mar. 18, 2023
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

Friday, Mar. 17 & Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023
MVP Arena, Albany, New York
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado

Sweet 16 & Elite Eight

Thursday, Mar. 23 & Saturday, Mar. 25, 2023
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Friday, Mar. 24 & Sunday, Mar. 26, 2023
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Final Four & National Championship

Sat Apr. 1 & Mon Apr. 3, 2023
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

WIN YOUR MARCH MADNESS BRACKET

Betting in the 2023 NCAA Tournament office pool? Dominate your friends using our VI Expert March Madness picks.

With our seasoned handicappers, get key insights for all your NCAA bracket betting odds.

From Final Four picks on who will win the NCAA, to this year’s underdog, make sure you’re ready for any March Madness upsets!

MARCH MADNESS BETTING

First, make sure to check out how to bet on March Madness. Now then, it’s important that you’re in a state that has legalized sports betting. Even better, bet on March Madness online in New YorkNew JerseyPennsylvaniaIndiana, and West Virginia!

So, which sportsbook should you bet with? While there’s always an element of personal preference, certain online sportsbooks offer better welcome bonuses than others.

In our experience, BetMGMFanDuel, and bet365 are the top 3 contenders for online basketball betting. Check out our full reviews for the lowdown on why you should bet with these excellent sportsbooks.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING TYPES

  • Money-line: This is an easy one. Simply pick which team will win outright. Say Notre Dame is up against San Diego State in a Final Four matchup – pick one team over the other to bring home the win. New bettors especially bet on the money-line as it's the simplest way to bet on a game.
  • Point Spread: Like money-line, here you choose a team to win or lose outright. However, the difference lies in guessing how much they win/lose by. This number is a specific points total set by the sportsbooks. Our advice? Check out the team’s average points per game over the season.
  • Totals: Also called over/under, this bet determines whether the final score will – combined – will be over or under what the sportsbook thinks.
  • Props: Oftentimes these are in-play bets. They can relate to brackets and player stats, or even fun things like a halftime show or what the mascot will do.
  • Futures: Feeling the itch to bet already? Futures can be placed weeks or sometimes months ahead of the game. For example, maybe you think Ole Miss will bring it home this year. Place a bet now ahead of Selection Sunday to get in on the ground floor. Just pay attention as the odds can change, and your choice can even be knocked out!
  • Parlays: Called accumulator bets in the UK, parlays are a series of bets. March Madness is the perfect time for parlays, where you can lay down a small bet of say $10 across five games. Win all five and you could be looking at a hefty return.

MARCH MADNESS EXPERT PICKS, PREDICTIONS & TIPS

The VegasInsider College Basketball stable of experts will be ready to fire up selections for the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

EVERYONE LOVES AN UNDERDOG

A good comeback story is nothing to shake a tail at. Undoubtedly, these “Cinderella" teams make the college basketball season extremely popular. Since underdogs show up each year, consider placing a bet on some underdogs.

A SURE THING IS NEVER CERTAIN

Down and out now that your Final Four choice lost in round one? Don’t sweat it, upsets happen all the time – remember this year’s Super Bowl? As long as all your picks don’t turn into an upset, there is always a chance to make it to the finals.

TOP TEAMS BLEED BLUE

Across the US, the top NCAA College Basketball teams are called “Blue Bloods". Usually, they can be a safe bet during March Madness. That said, Blue Bloods don’t always win, so watch out! However, they usually stay in the tournament until the final rounds.

NCAA TOURNAMENT MEMBERSHIPS

VegasInsider is offering great opportunities to see a variety of NCAA Tournament predictions from all of our college basketball experts.

MARCH MADNESS BETTING FAQ

Below, our team at VegasInsider has collected some common questions about the 2023 NCAA Men's Tournament.

WHICH TEAMS ARE IN MARCH MADNESS THIS YEAR?

Until Selection Sunday, the final 68 teams are still up in the air. Make sure to tune in March 12th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. ET to find out!

WHERE CAN I BET ON MARCH MADNESS?

Without a doubt, the top online sportsbooks for college basketball betting are DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet. As you know, DraftKings and FanDuel paved the way for DFS and fantasy basketball in the US, and have used that experience to offer top-tier sportsbooks to US bettors. Likewise, newcomer PointsBet has a unique points betting system and close ties to pro basketball players that makes betting on March Madness with them a no-brainer. Plus, every top sportsbook offers an excellent mobile app for sports betting. So, make sure to download the app after signing up for a welcome offer!

COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

All of your NCAA Tournament betting wagers can be followed throughout March Madness on the VegasInsider College Basketball Scores. The Scores are easily followed once you understand how they’re displayed and the role of each betting feature. All College Basketball Scores start with the Matchup, which has a designated home and away team.

All Games are listed in order of Rotation that are set by the sportsbooks. The Rotation numbers are assigned to each team and it identifies the bet that is being placed at an online sportsbook or in a casino. Those numbers eliminate any confusion between the bettor and the sportsbook. Along with rotation numbers, games are also listed by time and the VegasInsider College Basketball Scores show the Game Time in Eastern Standard Time Zone (ET).

Next to the rotations are the Teams that are playing, followed by the Betting Odds. The College Basketball Scores uses a consensus line that is created by multiple Las Vegas and Global sportsbooks. The Betting Odds display which team is the favorite in the matchup and that can be determined with a minus (-) sign followed by a number.

The March Madness scoreboard is updated as the games tip and you'll be able to track all your winning wagers for the 67 upcoming NCAA Tournament games.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL MATCHUPS

If you love action and want plenty of it, then College Basketball is the sport for you and the College Basketball Matchups page should be your starting point for placing educated and informed wagers. With over 350 College Basketball teams, bookmakers have their hands full on a daily basis.

The Matchups page lists all the College Basketball Games in order of Rotation, which is controlled the sportsbooks. Every matchup has a designated Home and Away team and both are given a rotation number. The games are listed in order of time, which is Eastern Standard Time Zone (ET) on this matchup page. When you find games and odds that interest you, check out our online sportsbook directory to find the best and most secure places to make NCAA basketball bets, as well as exclusive sportsbook offers.

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