Conference vs Non-Conference Game Betting

College basketball betting is really about three seasons: The non-conference schedule, conference play, and the postseason including the NCAA Tournament.

In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the differences between wagering the first two stints on the college hoops slate: non-conference games and conference play.

As a general rule of thumb, home court advantage is huge in college basketball, and that’s true whether it’s an in-conference or non-conference matchup that we’re talking about. That said, homecourt advantage is also overvalued in certain spots, so do your homework.

Tournament hopefuls use the non-conference schedule to pad their resume and build some confidence and cohesion heading into league action. Lack of history between the schools and/or roster turnover from the previous season makes handicapping these games difficult. Early in the year, bettors are often forced to rely on what they know about a team from last season in handicapping non-conference games. [ Bonus player props and fat college hoop bonuses - check out Bovada today ]

Beware of the mid major with something to prove in non-conference games. Teams from the power conferences might be looking to coast, but mid-majors know a win over a big program can be all they need to book a ticket to the Big Dance.

A common theory in college hoops betting is that home underdogs are always good wagers. Not in non-conference matchups. In fact, small road favorites tend to be better bets than home pups in these types of games.

The conference schedule, of course, presents a different beast. The teams and the coaches are familiar with each other and their respective styles, and rivalries, motivation, and the revenge factor can play into which team wins ATS. Don’t forget about the hard statistics, either, but remember that conference games bring out the best in a feisty underdog – especially when on their home court against a hated rival.

Winning more college basketball bets depends on understanding the difference between handicapping college basketball conference vs non-conference games. Check out the latest NCAA basketball odds here at for stats, trends and matchup reports on every game every day.