An oft-overlooked part of the college basketball schedule is the preseason tournament slate. Outside of hardcore NCAA hoops bettors and sharp players, many bettors let a golden opportunity pass them by in the name of keeping up with the NFL and college football.
Miss out at your own peril. First off, the best oddsmakers are so busy with the NFL and college football, that there is the occasional soft line on the preseason NCAA basketball tournament game.
Value is there if you know for what to look, and besides, preseason tournaments are a perfect time to get a leg up on the season ahead – both in terms of conference play and the NCAA Tournament.
Betting preseason tournament odds are a good chance to see where teams are at in relation to the preseason hype and expectations. In addition, preseason tournaments often serve up some juicy games between elite programs from different conferences, giving you something on which to lean at Tourney time. [ College basketball odds on every game every day ]
In order to bet succesfully on preseason tournaments, there are a few things to keep in mind. Start with the head coach. New head coaches – especially ones taking over a downtrodden program – are looking to hit the ground running and make an impression with their players and the teams’ fans. Betting these teams can pay dividends in preseason tournaments.
At the same time, schools with a returning core tend to perform well in preseason tournaments, if only because of the familiarity element. We understand experience isn’t what it used to be in the college basketball ranks, but if you have the chance to take a senior-laden team in a preseason affair, it’s likely worth it.
Finally, remember that public programs are always overvalued. Regardless of where Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and Kentucky and the like sit in terms of actual talent, they’ll always be backed by an army of supporters, which drives up the price.
Winning more NCAA basketball bets can start with solid betting strategies in November and December. And it takes training to avoid the pitfalls that can damage your bankroll.