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What is College Basketball and College Basketball Betting Guide

While all American sports fans know about March Madness, the NCAA runs throughout the year and provides exceptional sports betting opportunities.

Here, we look at how you can bet on college basketball games throughout the regular season and introduce some top tips that will help you as you place bets on college basketball at Stake Sportsbook .

Leagues, Teams & Major Tournaments

College basketball in the United States is governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). D1 Basketball is the biggest draw, but you can also watch D2 and D3 basketball fixtures throughout the regular season, depending on the school that you follow.

One of the biggest draws of NCAA basketball is the number of teams that compete throughout the United States. For instance, the 2023 men’s tournament had 68 D1 teams split into various conferences and divisions, seeking to be crowned the champions.

Right now, Purdue is ranked as the number one collegiate basketball team in the US, closely followed by Kansas, Houston, Arizona, and UConn. Like in pro basketball, the rankings change throughout the season, depending on a team’s record and the number of points they accumulate.

Historically, UCLA is the best collegiate basketball team, with 11 championships. However, they last won a title in 1995. Kentucky is the second most successful school with eight titles, while North Carolina (6) makes the top three. Current champions Connecticut secured their fifth NCAA D1 title when they won the championship in 2023.

How to Bet on NCAAB & Types of Bets is the best online sportsbook for basketball betting. We have a vast selection of NCAA basketball markets, including options for the College Basketball Invitational , the Division 1 Championship , and the NCAA Women’s Leagues . Once you have decided which competitions to bet on, here are some of the basketball bets that you can place at

  • Point Spread (Spread): A super popular basketball wager, a point spread is a bet on the margin of victory in an NCAA match. Your selection must win by a specific number of points to win.

  • Moneyline: A moneyline NCAA bet is a straight up wager on the team that you think will win a specific fixture.

  • Total (Over/Under): Another popular basketball bet is a totals wager. Here, you can bet on whether you think over or under a specific number of points will be scored in a basketball match.

  • Parlay: A parlay bet on the NCAA is a wager you place on numerous selections. Rather than just backing one team, you might back three or four teams to win their respective matches. All of your selections need to win for your parlay to be successful.

  • Proposition Bets (Props): Basketball player props are also prevalent at You can bet on the first player to score and the player you think will have the most rebounds in a match.

  • Live Betting (In-Play): Another option is to place live bets on basketball rather than making pre-match selections. The best way to do this is to watch the action live so you can respond to the action in real-time when making your selections.

How to Live Stream College Basketball & Live Betting Options

The Stake Sportsbook is the perfect place to watch upcoming NCAA basketball fixtures for free. Simply log in to your account and live stream sports for free directly from your account. This is the best way to keep up to date with all the latest D1 NCAA action.

Then, when you’re watching a game, you can place various live bets as the action unfolds. You can even use our same-game multi-bet builder to create your own wagers at brilliant odds. Watching live NCAA basketball action is a brilliant way to elevate your online betting experience and is extremely popular at

College Basketball Betting Tips & Strategies to Win

No matter which NCAA fixtures you bet on, developing a sports betting strategy to help you pick more winners than losers makes sense. Here are some handy tips to bear in mind before making your selections:

  • Refer to our guide that explains how to bet on basketball for some industry insight and expert tips to get started. You can also refer to our general sports betting guide for even more betting tips.

  • Make sure you gamble responsibly when you bet on NCAA basketball, and always bet within your means. You can refer to our Stake Smart guidelines for some handy responsible gambling tips to consider before placing your bets.

  • The best way to boost your bankroll while betting on basketball at is to access our current promotions and monthly bonuses . You can also learn more about the exclusive rewards available as part of the Stake VIP Club to add to your balance further.

  • More generally speaking, make sure you do your research. Check each team’s form and injuries, and refer to head-to-heads to see which teams will likely win. You can use statistics and previous match data to help inform your selections.

Betting Odds & Payouts

We offer competitive odds for all basketball markets at our sportsbook. You can easily adjust how our NCAA odds are presented, choosing from fractions, decimals, or the American format. Simply adjust the settings in your account before placing a bet.

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Interesting Facts About College Basketball

Here are some interesting facts about NCAA College basketball to whet your appetite:

  • Since its inception in 1939, the UCLA Bruins has been the most successful team in NCAA history, winning 11 titles.

  • The 2008 tournament was the only time in history when all four number-one seeds won their regionals and progressed to the final four. The Kansas Jayhawks went on to win the championship.

  • Between 1967 and 1976, the slam dunk was banned in collegiate basketball.