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2023 March Madness Betting Begins With First Four Play-In

2023 Houston Cougars basketball team

March Madness begins tonight with two First Four matchups that will claim two of the final four remaining sports in the 2023 tournament. Fans and casual observers around the country are obsessively filling out their brackets in hopes of being the first to ever achieve perfection.

Lines for betting on March Madness are on the boards for all known matchups, offering up same-day payouts that don’t require submitting a perfect bracket.

Who Will Win March Madness In 2023?

On the opening eve of the tourney, the Houston Cougars hold the highest moneyline odds to win the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

All four 1-seeds hold the top spots in the NCAAB futures, but the moneylines and associated payouts increase dramatically when moving down the ranks.

2023 College Basketball National Championship Odds

  • Houston (#1) +500
  • Alabama (#1) +750
  • Kansas (#1) +1000
  • Purdue (#1) +1200
  • UCLA (#2) +1400
  • Arizona (#2) +1500
  • Gonzaga (#3) +1500
  • Texas (#2) +1500
  • Baylor (#3) +2000

Even the Cougars are garnering 5-to-1 payouts for betting on the College Basketball National Championship, and that’s due to the difficulty in selecting the winner from a field of 64+ competitors.

Online sportsbooks are also offering futures that feature more of a scattershot, allowing for wagering on the following categories:

  • Odds of reaching the 2023 Finals
  • Betting on each region’s winner (Final Four odds)
  • Odds of reaching the Sweet 16
  • Betting on teams making it to the Elite 8

March Madness Prop Bets

Other than the Super Bowl, no other sporting event engages casual fans more than March Madness. People that normally don’t pay any attention to sports will fill out brackets in hopes of securing the grand prize.

With 64+ teams involved in college basketball’s postseason tournament, it can be difficult to gain an edge on a given matchup. Here are a few fun March Madness props that remove that element of difficulty and allow action on odds that require little to no skill.

Game-Winning Buzzer Beating Shot During First Four

  • Yes +1400
  • No -10000

A buzzer-beater shot for the win is one of the most exciting plays in sports. Now you can bet on whether there will be a buzzer beater during the First Four, and there are similar props for a given round or during the entire tournament.

Game-Winning Buzzer Beating Shot During The 2023 March Madness Tournament

  • Yes EVEN
  • No -130

In order for the game-winning shot to be considered a buzzer-beater by Bovada, it must occur as time expires. If the opposing team is able to inbound the ball prior to the game ending, the shot will not be considered a buzzer-beater.

There are also props for which conference will win the tournament and over/under lines for how many wins each conference will tally.

Conference To Win 2023 NCAA Tournament

  • SEC +350
  • Big 12 +350
  • AAC +450
  • Big Ten +600
  • Pac-12 +650
  • Big East +900
  • West Coast Conference +1200
  • ACC +1500
  • Mountain West +3500
  • Atlantic 10 +50000
  • Any Other Conference +6500

While these March Madness odds will remain on the boards until they reach conclusion, the overall futures will offer smaller payouts as the tournament continues.

Consider placing your bets sooner than later if you’ve got a strong feeling about which team or conference will cut down the nets on April 3rd.


March Madness Betting Odds Provided By Bovada Sportsbook – Bovada Review

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