The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams battled each other on Feb. 3 in Super Bowl 53. Every year, the Super Bowl provides pay per head agents a double-edged sword. On one side are the magnificent profits that sportsbook operators gain from all the dollars wagered against the spread, on the moneylines, over/under the total, and on the myriad of prop wagers.
No other sporting event in the world provides as much betting action on a single day as the Super Bowl. That’s the good edge of the double-edge sword. The bad edge? It’s difficult, almost impossible, to find betting action akin to Super Bowl wagering.
At least, that’s what many bookies believe. The truth is that there are plenty of other sports available to help bolster action right after the Super Bowl. One of those sports, the one that gets close to rivaling Super Bowl betting action, is college basketball.
Before getting into the risk that bookmakers must consider to really increase college basketball betting action, check out current NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship Odds.
College Hoops National Championship Odds
Duke Blue Devils +170
Michigan Wolverines +750
Tennessee Volunteers +750
Virginia Cavaliers +800
Gonzaga Bulldogs +1000
Kentucky Wildcats +1200
Michigan State Spartans +1200
Kansas Jayhawks +1600
Nevada Wolfpack +2000
North Carolina Tar Heels +2400
The odds imply that only a few teams, Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, and Virginia, can win the college basketball national championship. Duke, by far, is the huge favorite. The Blue Devils have lost only twice this season. They beat UVA and often cover as a double-digit dog.
Michigan has lost only twice this season as well. They don’t cover as much as Duke does, but the Wolverines play in, arguably, a deeper conference than the one the Blue Devils play in. Again, it’s up for debate, but Michigan battles Big Ten teams while the Blue Devils take on ACC teams.
Tennessee plays in the somewhat deep SEC. The Volunteers have lost only a single game this season, 81-87 to Kansas back on Nov. 23. Tennessee seems to be getting better each game. They might leapfrog Michigan and become the team that everyone feels can beat Duke for the National Championship.
Virginia almost upset Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, one of the toughest places to play in college basketball. Duke pulled out a 72-70 win, but the Blue Devils failed to cover because UVA went off as a +3.5 dog. Virginia boasts the very best defense in college basketball. The Cavaliers only allow 52.9 points per on average. That ranks first in college hoops. UVA also ranks first in 3-point percentage allowed. They rank fourth in field goal percentage allowed.
Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia have what it takes to win the college basketball national championship. That’s why all 4 teams offer odds below double-digits. That’s also why to encourage betting action on the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship, per head agents must take a major risk.
Agents should open wagering on Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia. In fact, any college hoops team choice that offers less than double-digit odds should garner plenty of betting action. Agents must promote action on Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, and Virginia, or anyone else that offers less than double-digit odds, because those are the teams that will get the most press.
Set max betting limits on all other college hoops choices. Allow wagering on less than double-digit odds favorites. Then, cross your fingers and hope one of those teams doesn’t win the title.
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