Diversify Your Portfolio with NCAAB – November 21


It’s the time of year when the NCAAB season overlaps with college and NFL football. With the NBA and NHL seasons going strong, the addition of NCAAB makes for one of the best times of year for sports fans. Betting boards are packed full of opportunity. The new basketball season means tons of early season games. Those games mean hundreds and even thousands of additional NCAAB bets are available on a daily basis.

The trick, of course, is finding value among the dozens of NCAAB games on a given day. Today, for example, there are 52 college basketball games today. With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching on Thursday, it’s the time of year when there are several early-season tournaments. For example, three of the top-15 teams in the nation played last night in the Saatva Empire Classic in New York City.

Early Season NCAAB Tournaments

The Empire Classic isn’t the only college basketball tournament going on right now. Yesterday, the Maui Invitational started in Hawaii. No. 1 Kansas beat Chaminade while No. 2 Purdue and No. 4 Marquette also picked up wins. Many of these games were among the picks offered by our expert handicappers yesterday. We’ll see how those cappers did momentarily.

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Here’s a sample of the NCAAB tournaments this season

There are 24 different early season NCAAB tournaments in the 2023-24 season. All of these tournaments take place in the first two months – November and December – of the new season. In addition to the ones mentioned already, some of the nation’s top teams will play in tournaments such as the Preseason NIT (No. 13 Baylor), the Battle for Atlantis (No. 14 North Carolina), and the Hall of Fame Classic (No. 8 Creighton). These tournaments are a great way for teams to get ready for their coming conference seasons in January.

Betting Early Season College Basketball

Depending upon which type of bettor you are, early season NCAAB has tons of value or it’s simply too hard to bet on. For those that don’t like to bet on college basketball this early, the reasoning starts with a lack of data. Some handicappers feel there just isn’t enough in the form of statistics this early in a season.

There is also less coverage of NCAAB at this point in the season. College football and the NFL are still going strong and most bettors and handicappers are still focused on those sports. Cappers also feel the motivation for many teams is unclear. Are they trying to break in new players? Check out a new lineup? Is winning really the goal? This makes it hard to bet on NCAAB games this early in a season.

On the other hand, you have handicappers and bettors that understand there may be some softer lines because of the lack of attention. There are some clear advantages that can be found in early season games and these early season NCAAB games are a great way to make sure your betting strategy is on point for the meat of the season. In fact, that’s exactly what some of our Sports Hub handicappers are doing right now.

NCAAB Cappers Gearing Up for the Season

Our friends at Madjack Sports topped yesterday’s leaderboard and a few Sports Hub experts were near the top of last night’s action. It’s also worth mentioning that our top NCAAB handicappers are crushing the early season. Four Sports Hub experts make up college basketball’s top-4 right now. All four cappers have won at least 67 percent of their early-season picks. It seems they are finding value and you should be following their lead.

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Here’s our top-4 NCAAB cappers so far this season

The Bookie tops the early-season NCAAB board with a 77.8 percent winning percentage and $1450 in winnings so far. Logan Wilson, Diego Garcia and Jimmy Liu all have double-digit wins and at least $600 in their NCAAB bankroll just two weeks into the new season. If you have not been a big college basketball bettor, this may be the year to diversify your portfolio and start betting on more NCAAB games.

Let’s take a look at yesterday’s leaderboard.

  • Welcome to the top: Madjack Sports made the most of its first time on the leaderboard. Madjack went 3-0 and, by hitting the Tampa Bay Lightning to upset the Boston Bruins as a +120 underdog, ended up with $320 to the good. 
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Welcome to the top, Madjack Sports!
  • He’s back: Randall Dickelman loves hockey and last night he loved the NFL and the NBA too. Randall went 6-3 on nine picks and won $270 total. 
  • All it takes is one: Our friends at Info Plays put just one pick in the system yesterday. That’s all they needed to win $260. They hit an international soccer moneyline pick and that added to their 30-day total which is now up to $1433.
  • Who doesn’t like free picks?: If for no other reason, Sports Hub Free Picks is why you should sign up for a free SportsHub account. Yesterday, our Free Picks went 2-0 and won $200. One of those picks was an NCAAB total. We’ve got Free Picks on all sports. You just need a membership to access them everyday.
  • Ryan Davis: Rounding out yesterday’s top-5 was this Sports Hub expert. Ryan went 2-0 and won $200. He’s had a solid couple of days. Over the last three, Ryan is 10-3 on 13 picks and has earned $615. 

NCAAB Fills Up Tuesday Sports Schedule

With all of the early-season basketball tournaments on the schedule today, bettors will find tons of wagers available. I mentioned there were 52 NCAAB games today. Fans and bettors can watch games pretty much all day long with the first one tipping off at 11:00 a.m. and the last one getting underway at 11:15 p.m.

NCAAB is not the only thing on today’s schedule though. 

  1. NBA on TNT: It’s a Tuesday doubleheader on TNT. Game 1 features Cleveland at Philadelphia. Utah is in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers in the nightcap. These are two of the five matchups tonight.
  2. No ice time: If you’re wanting to bet on hockey tonight, it won’t be on NHL games. The league is taking a night off. The NHL is also off on Thursday, which is Thanksgiving.
  3. NCAAB: It’s another big night of college basketball tonight. A number of early season NCAAB tournaments are underway. Remember, there are 52 games on the schedule tonight. There’s value somewhere.
  1. Soccer: It’s a big day in international soccer. There are six CONCACAF Nations League matches on the schedule. There are World Cup qualifying matches all over the world – CONMEBOL, AFC, and CAF. Several of the lower-tier English leagues are also on today’s schedule.
  2. Last MAC-tion hero: It’s the final Tuesday of MAC-tion this college football season. Bowling Green is at Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan plays at Buffalo. 
  3. Tennis: Second round play continues in the MundoTenis Open on the WTA Tour. American Emma Navarro is the No. 1 seed.

Eagles Take Control, NFL Teams Make Moves

The Philadelphia Eagles won last night’s Super Bowl rematch, 21-17 on Monday Night Football. That gives the Eagles a 9-1 record this season, the best in the NFL. Kansas City drops to 7-3, which is just a half-game behind 8-3 Baltimore in the AFC. That places the Chiefs in the No. 2 seed in the conference playoff race. A number of other NFL teams made some interesting moves. 

Those moves lead today’s trending news.

  • Jets make QB change: Since Robert Saleh took over as head coach of the New York Jets in 2021, only two NFL teams have thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. The Jets, of course, are one of them. With another awful performance, former No. 1 pick Zach Wilson was benched in favor of Tim Boyle, who will start this Friday against the Dolphins. Wilson fell so low, he’ll be the No. 3 guy behind newly signed Trevor Siemian.
  • Chargers lose volts: Edge rusher Joey Bosa is probably headed to injured reserve after suffering a foot injury. This comes after WR Mike Williams was lost for the season with a torn ACL at the end of October. Head coach Brandon Staley is on the brink of a breakdown and now the Chargers have to play Baltimore on Sunday night. Yikes!
  • You’re fired: One day after we brought you trending news about Pittsburgh Steelers OC Matt Canada, the Black & Gold had enough. Oh Canada is now Oh fired! Canada was the OC for 45 Steelers games. Pittsburgh scored more than 20 points just five times.
  • Rivalry week: The Old Oaken Bucket. The Apple Cup. The Iron Bowl. Ohio State versus the Team Up North. It’s rivalry week in college football and fans can sit back and enjoy the final full weekend of the regular season. The final CFP poll is looming on the horizon.

That’s going to do it for today. If you’re stumped on where to find value in today’s NCAAB games or any others, remember our Sports Hub handicappers are here to help. Follow their picks and increase your betting success. Stop back tomorrow and we’ll see how everyone did today.