With the March Madness betting tournament just around the corner, fans and handicappers of other sports leagues, are beginning to acquaint themselves with the different wagering methods used in college hoops. Whether you are new or more experienced, refreshing your memory on college basketball betting totals, can go a long way in helping you turn a profit. Totals, comparable to the major sports leagues, takes into account how many points the two teams in a game will combine to score. If you think the teams will combine for less points then the sportsbooks number, you will take the under and vice versa for the over.
For all intents and purposes, the sportsbooks spend much less time focusing on college basketball lines, then they do on the NBA. Not as much value is taken into account for college referees in comparison to NBA referees. While most handicappers take the role of the referee into account in order to determine how a game will fair against the spread or total, in college basketball that simply isn’t the case. The best way to alternatively handicap the college basketball games is by looking at how the teams carry the pace of the game. Two lesser teams are more likely to play at a slow pace, as the plays take time to develop, and there are plenty of missed shots. At the same time, two powerhouse teams are such, because they can increase the tempo and overwhelm their opponents.
For instance, in the Syracuse v St. John’s game a few weeks back, the game featured a quick team in Syracuse taking on a slower team in St. John’s. Since Syracuse received a few players back from injury, the game quickly became a blowout and went over the total. All five starters for Syracuse scored in double digits as well. Thus they were able to over take St. John’s defense without much issue.