With less than a month until the start of the NCAA college basketball tournament known as March Madness. With March Madness odds the way that they are now, it’s a great time to bet on who will become the 2020 NCAA Basketball National Champion.
WHERE TO BET ON MARCH MADNESS 2020
The physical (and digital) state through which players can place their sports bets has expanded a lot in the past few years. While this change is generally positive, as states are being added to the roster of those allowing legal betting, it can sometimes be confusing. After all, online and retail gambling legality is still heavily specified throughout the United States.
Here is a list of the best March Madness sports betting apps in NJ, so you can place your NCAA bracket futures bets, and take advantage of the top NJ sports betting bonuses and promotions:
MARCH MADNESS ODDS – 2020 NCAA Futures
Who’s the favorite to win the 2020 March Madness bracket?
March Madness displays futures odds for approximately the top fifty teams, with a shot of winning the National Championship. This is based on current stats, players, and current performance.
In addition to futures, you can enjoy these other types of March Madness odds during this time as well:
- NCAA Basketball Odds, Betting Lines & Moneylines
- College Basketball Point-spreads
- March Madness Prediction Props
- NCAA Teasers & Parlays
- NCAA Live Betting
However, you can watch and bet on all the March Madness games at eight NJ sportsbooks in Atlantic City.
DraftKings has also announced its DraftKings Brackets contest, in which users can fill out brackets and earn cash for correct picks.
2020 MARCH MADNESS RANKINGS
Top 25 NCAA BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS LIST
1.Kansas (24-3, 13-1)
Kansas took down the top team in the country, adding to their 12-game win streak, and putting them at the top spot in the power rankings. The Jayhawks sit pretty, ranking high in odds for the National Championship.
2. Baylor (24-2, 13-1)
The Bears are doing extremely well this year, but a three point loss dropped Baylor to #2 in power rankings. Baylor has played valiantly throughout the season but as a consistent contender for this years’ power ranking, they still have miles to go. Nevertheless, their rank this week is held firm by their longstanding schedule strength (37), record, and a current winning record.
3. Gonzaga (27-2, 13-1)
Although Gonzaga took an L to BYU last week, there’s no reason to count them out just yet. Gonzaga still is +700 odds to win it all which is only number 2 to Kansas with +600 .
4. Dayton (25-2, 14-0)
Dayton continues to win in the A10, with little resistance from the rest of the conference. They are a solid team, but still +1500 to win the NCAA tournament.
5. Louisville (23-5, 14-3)
Louisville is hanging on by the skin of their fingernails, as they had to claw their way through their most notable games. With three losses on the books for this season, specifically to Kentucky, Florida State, the Cardinals are hard-pressed to keep their current standing. However, they have managed to keep the
ir ACC standing thus far and with their most difficult games behind them, they have an opportunity to come out on top.
6. Duke (23-4, 13-3)
Duke has suffered a pair of devastating losses has made the iconic Blue Devils a darker shade of blue than normal. Yet, that has not kept them down as they have contested the merit of their losses with a couple of big-league wins against Kansas and Michigan State. Although, the actions of the team, including passing up points to average offenses still make the possibility of Duke taking the title risky. However, as any team on this list, the Blue Devils could have some magic left for this season that no one sees coming.
7. San Diego State (26-1, 15-1)
It is surprising that The Aztecs are so far down on this list, as they are currently 24-0. Yet, their regular season luck is somehow tainted by what is perceived as a lack of an ability to keep the longevity of their wins. Still, San Diego State is currently undefeated, and they have dominated most of their opposing teams. Thus, it is truly anyone’s game.
8. Florida State (23-4, 13-3)
The Florida State Seminoles should be having a much better year, as they have proven their ability to put up some major points, even though they cannot surpass the 90th mark in points per game, among other issues. Yet, their true downfall is their disappearing act. have shown the ability to put up tons of points, but also the tendency to disappear at random. It appears when Florida State is good, they’re great but when they’re not, they easily get left behind on the court. The Seminoles have made it this far but their lack of respectable ranks in total rebounds, field goal attempts, or 3-point percentages allowed is crippling their chances at surmounting the pressures of the tournament.
9. Maryland (22-5, 12-4)
The Maryland Terrapins started off to a good, steady start, with a strong offense. They lost to a #25 Ohio State, but are 4-0 against teams ranked in the top 10.
10. Kentucky (22-5, 12-2)
Kentucky jumped Auburn in the rankings with a couple of big wins against LSU and Florida. This is an awfully weird ranking for Kentucky if you look at their dueling positions in rank currently. However, historically, the Wildcats have only started their claws in March. Since 2013, Kentucky has consistently finished the season with 10 losses or more but still managed to be a notable contender in the tournament.
11. Auburn (23-4, 10-4)
Except for a 2-game hiccup, the Auburn Tigers have been on the prowl this season. In fact, despite their rank, they are considered one of the best teams in the nation. This is mostly due to the schedule they have kept this season is tough, but they have pulled it off. (Auburn currently has a strength of schedule rank of 9.) Hopefully, this and their obvious dedication will help propel them through the tournament with success.
12. Villanova (21-6, 10-4)
After a 3-game losing streak, Villanova has won 3-straight to put them at #12. They have been through the wringer, being acknowledged as one of the most trial-by-fire teams in the country. Even though Villanova is sporting odds of +2000 at DraftKings, it could still surprise fans by coming out of their apparent slump, into a prolific victory.
13. Oregon (21-7, 10-5)
Oregon can be one hot team when they are feeling those positive vibes. However, after if their focus is not there, they are unlikely to succeed. Still, even with more losses than they might want to admit, The Ducks are still primed for a positive revival during the tournament. Still, if the Ducks plan to make any headway in March, they are going to have to make sure they don’t quack under the pressure of the tournament.
14. Seton Hall (20-7, 12-3)
The Seton Hall Pirates don’t seem to have many surprises this season. Despite some standout wins against Maryland, Villanova, and Butler both fans and players have done little to improve their game. They have won some, lost some, but have flatlined when it comes to potential. Fortunately for them, if they are saving their commandeering for the tournament, they could turn it all around as an interesting lower seed pick.
15. Colorado (21-7, 10-5)
Colorado looked good on offense recently and have moved up to #15 on the list. As long as they can clean up the remaining games (none against ranked opponents), Colorado will be in a good position.
16. Creighton (22-6, 11-4)
Creighton’s big moment may have already peaked with the team’s wins over Villanova and Texas Tech. However, there is a chance that the BlueJays’ star forward, Ty-Shon Alexander, will be able to score enough points to gain Creighton some essential victories in the tournament. Alexander has a 39% 3-point and an 86% free throw. Wow!
17. Penn State 20-7 (10-6)
Penn State needs some help. The poor Natty Lions are still licking their wounds after being disemboweled by Ohio State in a game that ended with a score of 106-74. Ouch! Fortunately, Penn State was a kitty scorned, as they went home to accumulate wins over Michigan State, Michigan, and get vengeance on Ohio State. These wins were pivotal to helping Penn State stay in the running as a tournament lower seed.
18: BYU (23-7, 12-3)
BYU is the hottest team that nobody is talking about, knocking out 8 straight wins, including the upset against the #2 Gonzaga.
19. Virginia (19-7, 11-5)
Virginia scored a season-high 78 in a win against Boston College earlier this week as they pushed their win streak to four games. The Cavaliers play #6 Duke this coming week, a vital game for the defending champs.
20. Arizona (19-8, 9-5)
Arizona is not doing too much to improve its image this year. Across the board, mediocrity has become their mantra, with a rank of 15-4 against unranked teams and a rank of 1-3 against the AP Top 25. The only good thing, though, is that Arizona consistently beats teams that they are not supposed to overtake. Yet, whether that exciting characteristic will be enough to win them a spot in the finals remains to be seen.
21. Cincinnati (18-9, 11-4)
The Bearcats continued their stretch of nailbiters with a 67-64 win against Wichita State. UCF stunned Cincinnati in double overtime midweek, but Cincy is still in a great spot to take the American.
22. Houston (21-7, 11-4)
Houston needs to get their cat-like reflexes back or the Cougars will soon be referred to as the kittens. Granted, they have managed not to be annihilated by most of their more powerful adversaries. However, a loss, no matter how close is still not a win and since Houston has only actually won against lesser opponents, they might need to rework their offensive strategy.
23. West Virginia (19-8, 7-7)
The Mountaineers have dropped 10 spots over their 1-3 stretch last week. They do rank in the top 20 in 11 defensive categories. However, the defense is not the end-all-be-all. So, West Virginia is going to have to amp up their offense going forward if they want a fighting chance in the tournament.
24. Arizona State (19-8, 10-4)
If it weren’t for the fact that Texas Tech has not lost a ranked game by more than nine points, it could be said that Tech should stick to IT. However, between their dogged survival instincts and the major win over Louisville, there is a possibility that the Red Raiders could manage a few surprises come tournament time.
25. Ohio State (18-9, 8-8)
The Buckeyes seem to win against top teams like #12 Villanova, #10 Kentucky, #7 Maryland, and a 32-point drubbing of #9 Penn State. However, Ohio State has also dropped games against teams they should easily beat.
Dropped out of top 25: Butler, LSU
MARCH MADNESS DATES (2020)
|March 15||Selection Sunday||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 17-18||First Four||Dayton, OH||University of Dayton||UD Arena|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||Albany, NY||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Times Union Center|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||Spokane, WA||University of Idaho||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||St. Louis, MO||Missouri Valley Conference||Enterprise Center|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||Tampa, FL||University of South Florida||Amalie Arena|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Greensboro, NC||Atlantic Coast Conference||Greensboro Coliseum|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Omaha, NE||Creighton University||CenturyLink Center Omaha|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Sacramento, CA||Sacramento State University||Golden 1 Center|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Cleveland, OH||Mid-American Conference/Cleveland State||Quicken Loans Arena|
|March 26/28||Midwest Regional||Indianapolis, IN||Horizon League/IUPUI||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|March 26/28||West Regional||Los Angeles, CA||Pepperdine University||STAPLES Center|
|March 27/29||South Regional||Houston, TX||University of Houston||Toyota Center|
|March 27/29||East Regional||New York, NY||St. John’s University/Big East Conference||Madison Square Garden|
|April 4/6||Final Four||Atlanta, GA||Georgia Institute of Technology||Mercedes-Benz Stadium|
HOW THE NCAA TOURNAMENT WORKS
The NCAA Tournament is made up of the 32 teams that win their respective conferences. After that, the 36 slots that remain are filled by teams that are labeled as “at-large”.
To determine the “at-large” teams for the year, a 10-member selection committee, made up of athletic directors and conference commissioners work arduously to pick the right teams.
These teams did not win but they are not likely to get completely shut out by the upper echelon teams, already chosen by their winning performance.
This year will be the first time the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) is being used in this process. This new tool is will replace the RPI (Rating Percentage Index), that has been in use since 1981.
The NET utilizes the following metrics to make its decisions:
- Game results
- Strength of schedule
- Game location
- Scoring margin
- Offensive and defensive efficiency
- Quality of wins and losses
While this is a new system, it is not too much different than the older RPI system in exactly what data it uses to form its evaluation. However, it does encourage a more unbiased decision, as the selection committee will rely on the machine to purely run the numbers.
NCAA BRACKET BETTING HISTORY
The NCAA started hosting a basketball tournament in 1939. Since that first prolific year throughout college basketball, with the breakout tournament taking place in Evanston, Illinois, 36 unique teams have won and five teams have won the tournament at least five times.
These teams, Indiana, Duke, UNC, Kentucky, and UCLA continue to be the most well-known and well-renowned teams in the NCAA (for obvious reasons). Yet, that does not mean that any of the other teams are at a disadvantage because of the last year’s or last decade’s winners. Each year, the college teams start fresh, with an equal opportunity to become the champion.
Yet, when it comes to betting, March Madness odds and numbers can be your friends. The popular and now industry-standard in deciding matchups is called seeding. This practice started in 1979. Seeding matches brackets up within March Madness based on a team’s overall strength per season.
To that end, it is important to know that number-one seeds have won the tournament 24 times. Number-one seeds have also made nearly 49% of all championship appearances.
It is no surprise that after this method of choosing matchups took off, it didn’t take long for betting lines to be released for NCAA tournament games. The first tournament where betting lines were incorporated took place in 1985.
From that point on, betting lines have progressed throughout the NCAA and have become a fixture of the games, as it adds a key component of excitement.
Over the past few years, especially, betting has taken on a life of its own, with the introduction and legalization of online betting. This advancement has only helped to increase the interest fans have in the NCAA games and tournaments.
MARCH MADNESS BRACKET 2020 STRATEGY
There are many strategies when it comes to tournament betting and March Madness odds.
Some of those strategies range from the practical and logical to the…obscure. Yet, whatever works for you is part of what makes the tournaments fun. However, aside from your favorite game-day socks, or seating arrangements, here are some wide-spread strategies for betting on games:
- Historical data is a go-to strategy for many bettors. Although, use this information with caution, as one season into the next brings new players, forms of experience, and determination on the court.
- A team’s late-season performance can be a good indication of how they are going to play during the tournament.
- Injuries always play a big part in the perceived outcome of the game or tournament.
- A good defense is always good when it comes to March Madness odds and the indication a team has a chance of making their way to the top. Many times, looking at a team’s defense is more of an accurate indicator than looking at a team’s offense.