Arizona State +6.5 is one of the most intriguing NCAA basketball betting odds that you will find. In case you’re unfamiliar, this combination of American and Irish horse racing terms simply means that the betting odds for this game are 6.5 against the spread.
To put it into perspective, let’s examine some of the other popular odds for NCAA Basketball (as of February 22, 2020):
Kansas is the perennial powerhouse of the Big 12, having won a record 11 conference titles. Its basketball program is also arguably the strongest in the country. These factors have helped make Kansas a popular pick to win the NCAA Tournament this year. Its 7-point favorite line makes sense, then, as there’s plenty of value in backing the defending national champions.
North Carolina +9
Another team that comes with massive support is North Carolina. The Tar Heels won the 2019 NCAA Tournament over Texas A&M and have already made a strong case for a repeat championship run this year. While its 9-point favorite line may not seem like much of a value, the fact that it is a favorite does make it more appealing. After all, who wouldn’t want to bet on the team with the best basketball tradition in the country?
Michigan is another favorite heading into this year’s NCAA tournament. The Wolverines have been one of the most successful programs in the country over the past few years and have a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament each year. The 10-point favorite line makes sense, too, considering the team is going into the tournament as a favorite.
Louisville is another team that has a wealth of talent, having hired David Pitcock to be its head coach in 2019. The Cardinals brought home the hardware in 2019 with a Final Four appearance under Pitcock. Though they lost in the semi-finals to eventual champion Virginia, they finished the year ranked third in the country. Since then, they’ve been one of the most talked-about teams in college basketball. Its 13.5-point favorite line makes sense, too, considering the team’s strong showing last year and its growing popularity each year.
Virginia is one of the most successful basketball programs in the country, having won the NCAA Tournament three years in a row. The Cavaliers have also won the ACC Championship six times in the last seven years. They’ve been ranked No. 1 or 2 in the country each year and boast arguably the best player in the country in Rui Hachimura. Its 15-point favorite line makes sense, too, as the over has racked up wins in each of the last three years with UVA returning to the big stage of the NCAA Tournament each season. Hachimura should make for an exciting player to root for this March.
Last but not least is Wisconsin. The Badgers were a team to watch in 2019, having made the leap from the Big Ten to the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin is led by NCAA Tournament participant Nigel Hayes, who was a force for the Badgers last year. They upset previously undefeated Kansas in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Its 17-point favorite line makes sense, too, as it is a team to back in the tournament.
As you can see, there are a variety of smart options for NCAA Basketball betting in February. Whether you’re a fan of one of the above teams or you just want to play it safe and earn some cash, these are the types of odds you should consider. It would be a shame to miss out on potentially lucrative winnings due to unfamiliarity with betting terminology, so if you have any interest in this game at all, then this article is for you.