NCAA Tournament Prop Bets

NCAA Tournament Prop Bets

Just like the Super Bowl, March Madness represents a sterling opportunity to get creative in the world of sports betting. Sure, filling out a slew of brackets in the office pool is great, but it’s not as entertaining as throwing a little cash on whether or not Kentucky will win college basketball’s top prize and if the Democrats will keep the White House. Yes, that’s an actual wager anyone can make before the games tip on Thursday afternoon. Here’s a look at a few other intriguing prop bets for the upcoming tournament.

Will Kentucky trail at halftime of any game?

YES     -260

NO      +200

The ‘Cats are pretty darn good, but they have played a few bad first-halves during their magical run. Maryland, Notre Dame, and Kansas are all capable of keeping the score tight, and even springing the upset.

Will a #16 seed beat a #1?

YES       +900

NO       -2000

It’s going to happen one year, but it will take a herculean effort from Cinderella to drop one of the four big boys. Despite Duke and Villanova’s early struggles in recent tourneys, they should both be on cruise control. Then again, you’ll look like a hero if you take Yes.

Will Villanova advance to the Sweet 16?

YES       -700

NO        +450

They haven’t since 2009, which was the last time they reached the Final Four. This bunch appears to be built for a deep run, but the winner of NC State-LSU will give the ‘Cats everything they can handle.

Will Georgetown advance to the Sweet 16?

The last time the Hoyas graced the Sweet 16 was 2007, which similar to ‘Nova, was the last year they reached the Final Four. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a potent scorer, but he will need lots of help from his supporting cast to make it past the first weekend. The winner of Stephen F. Austin-Utah could be the catalysts for another Georgetown disappointment.

Highest margin of victory in Round of 64?

OVER/UNDER 35½

That’s a big number, but it’s safe to assume there will be a couple of humiliating blowouts. Wisconsin drubbed American by 40 in 201, to go along with a pair of 29-point thrashings.

How many buzzer-beaters will there be in the Round of 64?

0       5/7

1       2/1

2       6/1

3       10/1

4       18/1

5       40/1

6+     50/1

The family of broadcast networks airing the games would love to see five or six thrillers, but it ain’t gonna happen. Expect one or two, though.

Which Canadian-born player will average more points per game?

Naz Long                -120

Trey Lyles               -120

Kenny Chery            -120

Kevin Pangos           -120

Geesh, our neighbors to the north have produced some quality ball players. Long has hit double-digits just once in his last ten games. Lyles is good, but there are way too many mouths to feed in Kentucky. Pangos is steady, but more of a distributor. That leaves Chery, who is prone to offensive outbursts, especially when he’s hitting from beyond the arc.

Will Kentucky win the 2015 title?

YES        +110

NO         -140

There’s a reason why no team has run the table since 1976. It’s a really hard feat to accomplish. That said, this Kentucky roster is more than equipped to get it done.