NCAA Hoops Takes Over Sports World


It’s the first Thursday of March Madness and that means NCAA hoops all day long! The first round of the NCAA tournament begins today with the very first game tipping off at 12:15 p.m. ET. That game pits No. 8 Mississippi State and No. Michigan State in a West Regional matchup. In all, fans will be able to take in 16 NCAA hoops games today. If you’re a college basketball fan and/or bettor, it doesn’t get much better than this.

NCAA Hoops Takes Over Sports World
Michigan State and Mississippi State kick off the NCAA tournament today.

It all started with the very first NCAA hoops tournament in 1938. That was the National Invitation Tournament, or NIT, which we talked about yesterday. At one point, the NIT was much more prestigious than the NCAA tournament, which started in 1939. The first year of the NCAA hoops tournament, there were only eight teams. The event expanded over the years and reached its current number of 68 teams in 2011. 

Betting NCAA Hoops Today

Since it’s the first day of the NCAA tournament, fans and bettors will have 16 games available to bet on. That offers bettors many different betting options. There are the standard moneyline, point spread, and totals bets, but there are also first half and second half bets, team props, player props and more. 

With all of the options out there, it may seem overwhelming to the novice bettor. Whether you’re new to betting on NCAA hoops or you’re a veteran, the experts at Sports Hub are always here to help. Our handicappers provide outstanding, relevant, and useful content. Articles like How to Bet on Basketball and our capsules on each of the 362 Division I college basketball teams provide bettors with the information they need to be successful at the ticket window or on the online sportsbook.

NCAA Hoops Takes Over Sports World
Sports Hub has your best March Madness picks

If you’re a Sports Hub member, you can log into your account and visit the picks database and you’ll see about 50 picks for today’s games in the system. That number will rise throughout the day as our experts add their picks. If you’re not a Sports Hub member, that’s okay. It’s easy and free to become one. Click that bright orange button at the top of this page to get started. A SportsHub membership will give you the advantage you need heading into the NCAA hoops postseason tournament.

Sports Hub Cappers Prep for Tournament

With two First Four games and some NIT action on last night’s college basketball schedule, a number of Sports Hub exclusive handicappers got some prep work in before today’s NCAA hoops extravaganza. Sas Insider was our top capper yesterday with $985 in profits. That’s a solid day for any bettor!

Yesterday’s entire Top 5 on the leaderboard was all Sports Hub exclusive cappers. You want the best? They’re right here and they are primed and ready for today’s NCAA hoops action. Check out the members’ area and see which of our best and brightest have picks available.

NCAA Hoops Takes Over Sports World
Sports Hub’s Top 5 CBB Handicappers over the past 14 days.

First, let’s take a look at yesterday’s results.

  • Landslide win: As mentioned, Sas Insider was our top handicapper yesterday. The Insider put 30 picks into the system and won 20 of them. The $985 in profits was the most yesterday by over $500!
  • Sports Hub expert double: Robert Ferguson and Tonny Ricci each went 4-0 and cashed in $400. Robert hit all four of his NCAA hoops picks. Tonny hit his lone CBB pick and he’s been super consistent with all of his basketball picks. He’s our No. 1 basketball capper over the last seven days with $970 in winnings.
  • Killin’ NHL picks: Sean Kuchman has been tearing it up on the ice as of late. He went 4-1 yesterday and took home $315. Sean is our No. 3 hockey capper over the last seven days.
  • All NBA, all wins: Randall Dickelman went 3-0 on three NBA picks last night. He rounded out yesterday’s Top 5 with $283 added to his bankroll. 
  • NCAA hoops picks: Just so you know SWJ Sports and Bill Blatt are our top two college basketball handicappers over the past 14 days. Both have winning percentages of 57 percent or higher and both have winnings of over $800! Check their NCAA hoops picks today in the members’ area.

NCAA Hoops Dominates Today’s Schedule

It’s the first round of the tournament today and work productivity is going to go way down. Games tip-off just after noon today and betting boards are full of great college basketball bets. The NIT takes a couple days off before resuming with its second round games on Saturday and Sunday. 

It’s not all basketball today, though the NBA does have seven games on the schedule tonight. The PGA Tour is back in Florida kicking off another event today and the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours are in the Sunshine State as well. If you’re looking for a strong sports betting niche, either of these two sports give bettors tons of advantages. Sports Hub’s experts can assist as well.

Here’s what you can bet on today.

  1. NCAA tournament: If you don’t know by now, the first round of the NCAA hoops tournament starts today. The first game tips off at 12:15 p.m. ET and the last game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET. It’s a long day, but there are plenty of betting opportunities to take advantage of.
  1. NBA overshadowed: Today’s NCAA hoops will surely be the main spotlight today. There are still seven NBA games on the schedule as the regular season winds down. NBATV will carry New Orleans at Orlando and Atlanta at Phoenix as its Thursday night doubleheader.
  2. World soccer: There are World Cup qualifying matches all around the globe today. Matches in Asia are already in progress and several are already complete. There are a number of international friendlies today and there is also UEFA European Championship Qualifying. 
  3. Thursday Night Ice: There are 11 NHL games on tonight’s schedule. The Predators will play the Panthers in Florida tonight in a game broadcast by Hulu. ESPN will carry Seattle at Vegas starting at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  4. Valspar Championship: The PGA Tour is back in Florida at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor for the start of the Valspar Championship. 
  5. Miami Open: The ATP and WTA Tours join the PGA in Florida at the Miami Open. The women begin Round 2 today while the men finish up Round 1.

Trending – NCAA Hoops, What Else?

C’mon man! What’s trending today is NCAA hoops. It’s the first Thursday of the Big Dance. Workers everywhere either took today and tomorrow off or they’ll be consumed by their smartphones trying to stream games while on the job. 

Here at Sports Hub, we can’t blame you. For us though, watching all of today’s NCAA hoops action comes with the job!

Here’s a look at the top trends.

  • Ohtani’s interpreter fired: It looks like Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter was stealing money from him. Dumb ass. Should have just asked. Ohtani’s got plenty of coin. 
  • Speaking of Japanese MLB players: Yoshinobu Yamamoto, signed in the offseason by the Dodgers, got smoked in his first MLB start. After nine pitches, he was down 2-0. He threw 43 pitches to get three outs in the first inning. LA trailed 5-1 after one inning. Yamamoto exited after the inning with an ERA of 45.00.
  • 1st NCAA hoops tourney win: Grambling State played its first ever NCAA tournament game last night. The Tigers had to go to overtime, but they beat Montana State 88-81. It’s also the first tournament win for the Tigers.
  • Mountain West futility: Double-digit seeds in the NCAA tournament from the Mountain West Conference don’t do very well. After Colorado State won on Tuesday, the MWC’s double-digit seeds moved to 2-26 SU all-time. Boise State lost to Colorado last night to drop that record to 2-27 SU.

That’s it for today. Enjoy today’s NCAA hoops fest. There will surely be some surprises today. Get on the right side of the action with Sports Hub’s capper picks. Our top NCAA hoops handicappers all have winning percentages of 60 percent or higher over the last 14 days. Ride them and win!