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2021 March Madness Prop Bets: NCAAB Prop Betting Guide

College basketball prop bets and March Madness prop bets are here!

It’s not called March Madness because everything happens the way it’s supposed to. If that were the case, the NCAA college basketball Division 1 men’s tournament would be known as ... March Ball?

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Let’s face it, following Selection Sunday, lots of brackets will get busted within the first day or two, and that’s where March Madness prop bets come in. College basketball prop bets can keep you in the mix until the final game of the tournament – as opposed to the first few hours, after that No. 4 seed you had a hunch about gets blown out in the first round. 

Check out our massive list of college basketball prop bets below. You can bet on as many as you like. Why not bet them all? It certainly makes watching March Madness games more fun. 

All 2021 March Madness odds courtesy of BovadaBetOnline Sportsbook and BetUS.

For more information on the various ways to bet on the NCAA Tournament, check out our How to Bet on March Madness page. For the latest odds to win the tournament, keep it locked on our NCAA title odds article.

Odds To Win Region 

One of the more popular props for any standard March Madness prop bettor is “Odds To Win Region,” as some teams can look like they have a cakewalk to the Final Four while others seem like they’ve been punished by the tournament organizers. For example, in the 2019 March Madness tournament, some analysts felt Duke (the No. 1 overall seed) was short-changed by having to share a region with Michigan State, another team that was deserving of a No. 1 seed.

Any bettor who backed Duke to win the region and make the Final Four may have felt hosed while Michigan State backers likely felt vindicated after the Spartans knocked off the Blue Devils in the Elite Eight.

It also has not been a wise decision to only bet on No. 1 seeds for this prop. In 2019, just a single 1 seed (Virginia) won its region; over the last five tournaments, only nine of 20 No. 1 seeds have won their region.

March Madness Seed Props

Seed props are a great opportunity for bettors to look at the tournament landscape and identify a key advantage. For example, if you feel bullish that one of the No. 1 seeds will eventually win March Madness, you can bet on the prop, “Will a No. 1 seed win the tournament?” and because you’re essentially getting the four best teams, the odds would typically hover around +150 to +250. Similar NCAA basketball prop bets that will be available would include, “Will a No. 2 seed win the tournament?” and “What seed will win the tournament?”

Another variation that a plugged-in NCAA basketball bettor could profit from would involve the probability of a lower seed upsetting a favorite, represented by a seed prop like “Will a No. 16 seed win a game in the 2021 NCAA Tournament?” While it’s only happened once in the tournament’s history (in 2018), it doesn’t seem as far-fetched, especially given how relatively weak the top half of the ranked teams have looked this season.

Conference Props

Certain conferences in NCAA basketball like the ACC or Big Ten have the prestige of having stacked competition from the top team to the basement-dweller. Betting props in this category can range from “How many Round of 64 games will ACC teams win?” to “How many Big Ten teams will make the Final Four?”

Shrewd bettors and followers of college basketball can look at the full bracket and identify the weak links, then either bank on a specific conference to do well during March Madness or fade a conference based on matchups.

One of the most popular betting props that also involves conferences deals with how many teams will win two games and advance to represent their conference in the Sweet 16 on the second weekend. For example, in 2019, the ACC led all conferences with five teams making it to the Sweet 16. The next-best conference in that regard, the Big Ten, only had three.

Game Props

One of the more exciting aspects of March Madness is that any given game can become an instant classic. Whether it goes to overtime or perhaps a 12 seed becomes the Cinderella of the tournament with a buzzer-beater, these are situational betting spots that the average bettor can have fun with.

Game props for March Madness can include “How many buzzer-beaters will occur during the Round of 64?” or “What will be the highest point total scored by one team during the Round of 64?” These college basketball prop bets are incredibly hard to handicap, so betting large amounts on them wouldn’t be recommended with so many variables in play.

Team Props

Team props for the NCAA Tournament are usually only found before the tourney begins. Once you see the seedings, you can bet on which team will go further than another before being eliminated.

For example, you see that both the Duke Blue Devils and Gonzaga Bulldogs got a No. 1 seed but you think Gonzaga will be eliminated before Duke. The odds vary depending on the matchup and the props usually involve teams that aren’t playing in the same region.

Player Props

The player props for March Madness can be quite enjoyable for the average bettor because, in basketball, one player can change everything. Betting on the number of points a player will score in a game or which player will lead the NCAA men’s tournament in total rebounds are just some of the college basketball prop bets you can wager on.

National Player of the Year candidates like Luka Garza of the Iowa Hawkeyes will likely be in the mix for each of these props. Another sneaky way to bet these props is to take a player on a team that you think will go far in March Madness, offering them more opportunity to rack up the stats.

College Basketball Prop Bets

Bovada Props

The following college basketball prop bets can be found at Bovada:

A school in what state will win the 2021 NCAA D1 Men’s Basketball Tournament?
StateOdds
TexasEVEN
Washington+215
Illinois+360
Any other state+550
Michigan+800
Ohio+1500
Florida+2200
Combined seed number for Final Four teams
OptionOdds
OVER 10.5EVEN
UNDER 10.5-130
How many #9-#16 seeds will advance past the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
OVER 9-120
UNDER 9-110
How many Round of 64 games will go to OT?
OptionOdds
OVER 2-120
UNDER 2-110
How many Round of 64 games will go to double OT?
OptionOdds
OVER 0.5+135
UNDER 0.5-180
How many games will go to triple OT?
OptionOdds
OVER 0.5+600
UNDER 0.5-1200
Most points by a single player in the Round of 64
OptionOdds
OVER 32.5-200
UNDER 32.5+150
What will be the highest margin of victory during the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
OVER 38.5-130
UNDER 38.5EVEN
What will be the highest point total scored by 1 team during the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
OVER 97.5-185
UNDER 97.5+140
Will any of the First Four teams make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+275
NO-400
Will an automatic bid team win the NCAA Tournament?
OptionOdds
YES-200
NO+150
Will a #1 seed win the NCAA Tournament?
OptionOdds
YES-200
NO+150
Will a #1 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES-2900
NO+900
Will a #10 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES+600
NO-1200
Will a #10 seed win a game in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-1200
NO+600
Will a #11 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES+1000
NO-4000
Will a #11 seed win a game in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-625
NO+385
Will a #12 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES+1200
NO-6600
Will a #12 seed win a game in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-340
NO+240
Will a #13 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES+1400
NO-10000
Will a #13 seed win a game in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-190
NO+145
Will a #14 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES+1600
NO-15000
Will a #14 seed win a game in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-130
NOEVEN
Will a #15 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES+2000
NO-15000
Will a #15 seed win a game in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES+285
NO-420
Will a #16 seed make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
YES+3000
NO-15000
Will a #16 seed win a game in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES+625
NO-1300
Will there be a perfect bracket in the 2021 NCAA’s Bracket Challenge?
OptionOdds
YES+3300
Will a Midwest region team win the NCAA Tournament?
OptionOdds
YES+350
NO-550
Will a South region team win the NCAA Tournament?
OptionOdds
YES+330
NO-500
Will a West region team win the NCAA Tournament?
OptionOdds
YES+140
NO-185
Will an East region team win the NCAA Tournament?
OptionOdds
YES+295
NO-440

BetUS Props

The following March Madness prop bets can be found at BetUS:

Which seed will win the NCAA Tournament?
OptionOdds
#1 seed-400
#2 seed+350
#3 seed+800
#4 seed+1000
#5 seed+1500
#6 seed+1400
#7 seed+1700
#8 seed+1500
#9 seed+2500
#10 seed+4500
#11 seed+2800
#12 seed+8000
#13 seed+25000
#14 seed+30000
#15 seed+40000
#16 seed+50000
Which #1 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Michigan+140
Baylor+190
Illinois+285
Gonzaga+485
How many #1 seeds will make the Final Four?
OptionOdds
OVER 1.5-400
UNDER 1.5+250
Largest margin of victory in the Round of 64
OptionOdds
OVER 37.5-115
UNDER 37.5-115
Will Jim Boeheim pick his nose on camera during the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-140
NOEVEN
Will any team forfeit an NCAA Tournament game due to COVID-19?
OptionOdds
YES+120
NO-160
Which seed will Joe Biden pick to win?
OptionOdds
#1 seed-250
#2 seed+225
Any other seed+275
Cade Cunningham points per game average
OptionOdds
OVER 20.5-130
UNDER 20.5EVEN
Combined total of seeds for Final Four teams
OptionOdds
OVER 10.5-115
UNDER 10.5-115
Luka Garza points per game average
OptionOdds
OVER 23.5-115
UNDER 23.5-115
Total round of 64 games won by ACC teams
OptionOdds
OVER 3.5-165
UNDER 3.5+135
Total round of 64 games won by Big 12 teams
OptionOdds
OVER 5.5-150
UNDER 5.5+120
Total round of 64 games won by Big East teams
OptionOdds
OVER 2.5-130
UNDER 2.5EVEN
Total round of 64 games won by Big Ten teams
OptionOdds
OVER 6.5-130
UNDER 6.5EVEN
Total round of 64 games won by SEC teams
OptionOdds
OVER 3.5-165
UNDER 3.5+135
Which #1 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Michigan-300
Gonzaga+220
Which #1 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Baylor-225
Gonzaga+185
Which #1 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Illinois-210
Gonzaga+170
Which #1 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Michigan-140
Baylor+110
Which #1 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Michigan-170
Illinois+140
Which #1 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Baylor-130
IllinoisEVEN
Which #2 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Iowa-130
Ohio StateEVEN
Which #2 seed will be eliminated first?
OptionOdds
Iowa-115
Houston-115
Will a 14-16 seed beat a 1-3 seed in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-210
NO+170
Will a 12 seed beat a 5 seed in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-350
NO+225
Will a 13 seed beat a 4 seed in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
YES-210
NO+170

BetOnline Props

The following college basketball prop bets can be found at BetOnline Sportsbook:

How many game-winning buzzer-beaters will be in the Round of 64?
OptionOdds
0-110
1+175
2+500
3+1000
4+2200
5+4000
6 or more+2500
Highest combined points scored by 2 teams in the Round of 64
OptionOdds
OVER 185.5+100
UNDER 185.5-140
Highest margin of victory in one game in the Round of 64
OptionOdds
OVER 37.5-130
UNDER 37.5-110
Highest point total scored by one team in the Round of 64
OptionOdds
OVER 100.5-150
UNDER 100.5+110
Lowest combined points scored by 2 teams in the Round of 64
OptionOdds
OVER 102.5-120
UNDER 102.5-120
Will Alabama make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-175
NO+135
Will Baylor make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-350
NO+225
Will BYU make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+225
NO-350
Will Clemson make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+600
NO-1500
Will Colorado make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+160
NO-225
Will Creighton make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+120
NO-160
Will Florida make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+350
NO-600
Will Florida State make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-135
NO-105
Will Gonzaga make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-1500
NO+600
Will Houston make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-350
NO+225
Will Illinois make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-400
NO+250
Will Iowa make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-280
NO+185
Will Kansas make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-120
NO-120
Will Ohio State make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-225
NO+160
Will Oklahoma State make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+135
NO-175
Will Oregon make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+275
NO-475
Will San Diego State make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+170
NO-250
Will Tennessee make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+110
NO-150
Will Texas make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-140
NO+100
Will Texas Tech make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+300
NO-180
Will UConn make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+300
NO-500
Will USC make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+140
NO-180
Will Villanova make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+135
NO-175
Will Virginia make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+100
NO-140
Will West Virginia make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-110
NO-130
Will Ohio make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+900
NO-3000
Will Arkansas make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES+110
NO-150
Will Michigan make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-300
NO+200
Will Purdue make the Sweet 16?
OptionOdds
YES-120
NO-120

How to Make a Prop Bet on March Madness

Props are any bets that may or may not directly correlate to the outcome of a single game. Any of the bets we list above are props because you’re not betting on college basketball point spreads or totals, you’re wagering on things like which conference will have a better showing. 

Let’s say you want to bet on wins. Prop odds at the sportsbook would look something like this:

Which team will have more wins in the 2021 college basketball tournament?

Duke -200

Louisville +160

If you believe the Blue Devils will have more wins and you lay down $100, you’d get a payout of $150 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $50. 

That same $100 on the Cardinals would give you $260 – you get your $100 back, coupled with your prize of $160. 

Our Odds Calculator will tell you what you’d win based on the March Madness prop odds and amount you bet.