College Basketball Odds at NC Sportsbooks

College basketball is everything in North Carolina, with 19 different teams responsible for 13 National Championships, including the North Carolina Tar Heels (6), Duke Blue Devils (5) and NC State Wolfpack (2).

If North Carolina online sports betting gets the one extra vote it needs to pass through the state legislature this year, college basketball betting will explode here. You’ll be able to bet on point spreads, moneylines and over/unders for every college basketball game across the country.

Below, check out today’s college basketball lines from top NC online sportsbooks.

This week’s college basketball betting lines

These are current college basketball betting lines from the best online sportsbooks in the US. Once North Carolina lawmakers approve online sports betting, click on any game line to visit the sportsbook that posted it, claim the available welcome betting bonus and bet.

Sportsbooks with the best college basketball lines

DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook has more NCAA basketball lines than most, including the most live lines available. NCAAB game lines, futures and props at DraftKings Sportsbook include:

  • Spreads/Moneylines/Totals
  • First Half Lines
  • Player/Team Props
  • National Championship/Final Four Futures

Lines are always competitive, although the vig at DraftKings Sportsbook may be higher than elsewhere. DraftKings NC Sportsbook has also run college basketball promos in the past offering up to 40-1 odds and always hosts a big free-entry March Madness bracket contest.

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook NC has the most competitive college basketball futures odds. That means all kinds of March Madness lines, conference winner lines and more. The game lines should be equally as competitive and include:

  • Point Spread/Moneyline/Over-Under
  • First Half/Second Half
  • Props

FanDuel also runs a massive free March Madness contest. If there is a drawback, it’s that FanDuel seems to run more odds boosts and promos for other sports and leaves college basketball a bit behind.

BetMGM Sportsbook

BetMGM Sportsbook NC has very competitive college basketball game lines and futures odds. Standard college basketball lines include spreads, moneylines, and totals. Plus, there are:

BetMGM runs a $10 Million Perfect Bracket Challenge contest that gives $100,000 to the best bracket. Plus, it runs more college basketball promos than most sportsbooks. These include odds boosts and One Game College Basketball Parlay boosts.

If there is a drawback, it’s that shopping for lines will show BetMGM very rarely has the absolute best college basketball odds available.

Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars Sportsbook is likely to bring the best college basketball lines to North Carolina. Compared to those of its competitors, the lines at Caesars are very often a half-point better for college basketball spreads. Plus, its moneylines pay a little better.

NCAA basketball lines and futures include:

  • Game Spreads, Moneylines and Totals
  • Team and Player Props
  • NCAA Tournament Winner
  • Team Regular Season Wins
  • Conference Winners

March Madness promos at Caesars usually include a Bet $20, Get $200 offer with some serious value even without a traditional March Madness bracket contest. If there’s a drawback, that’s it; bracket contests are available most everywhere else across the sports betting world.

How to bet on college basketball game lines in NC

It’ll be easy to bet on college basketball online once North Carolina approves the state’s first online sportsbooks. You’ll need to sign up for an account with one of the new licensed NC online sportsbooks. That requires you to:

  • Click on a link found on this page to visit a North Carolina-licensed online sportsbook.
  • Click on the tab on the sportsbook’s website that reads ‘Sign Up‘ or ‘Register.’
  • Fill out the sign-up forms with all the required info, including the NC sportsbook promo or bonus code on this page.
  • Accept all sportsbook’s terms and conditions.

Once you’re done with the registration process, make a deposit using the most convenient method for you. Then, browse through all the college basketball betting lines available.

Pick winners on the college basketball moneyline or spread. Pick a team to win the NCAA tournament in the futures market, or bet the over/under on how many points the Tar Heels’ leading scorer will put up in tonight’s game.

There will be dozens of college basketball bets available. Just choose one by clicking on the posted NCAAB odds. A bet slip will be instantly created where you can:

  • Add more bets
  • Combine multiple bets into a parlay or keep them as individual bets
  • Enter the amount you wish to wager on each bet or parlay
  • Look at the potential payout of each bet or parlay
  • Confirm all the info and place your bet(s)

Bet on NCAAB teams at NC online sportsbooks

For the latest betting lines on North Carolina’s top basketball teams, visit our dedicated odds pages:

Who sets college basketball game lines?

Most college basketball lines are set by Las Vegas oddsmakers, who are experts in college basketball and college basketball betting. Most of the sports betting world subsequently copies these lines.

Vegas oddsmakers employ computer modeling and various algorithms that account for team records, injuries, home and away splits, historical info and various stats. The college basketball lines Vegas sets are quite accurate, and you can lean into their accuracy by betting against any movement a line endures due to increased betting at one sportsbook or another.

When is the best day or time to bet on college basketball game lines?

College basketball injury reports can be found all over the internet. Most are updated daily around noon, giving you plenty of time to adjust your bets before evening tip-offs.

Wait for all the reports to come out, and be patient. Let sportsbooks move a line, give the public time to bet on the new line, and then pounce.

That means the best time to bet a college basketball line is probably right before the game tips off, allowing any movement that may occur to happen first.

Can you live bet college basketball games?

When online college basketball betting comes to North Carolina, you’ll likely be able to bet on NCAA basketball games in the middle of the action, depending on official legislation.

The sports betting lines change based on various in-game factors like time and score. There may even be more lines available that allow you to bet possession by possession.

These odds change quickly, so sportsbook apps are typically the most convenient way to live bet college basketball lines.

Are college basketball game lines the same at every sportsbook?

Most college basketball lines are set by Vegas and copied elsewhere. That means they’re largely the same until a sportsbook decides to make a change.

The most common reason a sportsbook will change or move a line is that there’s increased betting on one side of it. The sportsbook will then move its line, trying to entice equal betting on the other side.

That way the sportsbook can realize a profit from the vig rather than sweating the outcome. Just remember, only the book that saw this increased betting will move the line. The others should stay the same.

What are the key numbers for college basketball game lines?

In college basketball, scoring occurs one, two and three points at a time, and many games are decided by just one instance of the ball going through the hoop. Thus, one, two and three are the key numbers in college basketball betting.

That said, as lower numbers, these inform your betting on or against a line much less than they do in football where scoring mostly happens three and seven points at a time.

What is betting ‘against’ or ‘with’ the spread?

You bet “against the spread” when you wager on the favorite and lay the points. You bet “with the spread” when you bet on the underdog and take the point cushion.

What are ‘consensus’ college basketball betting lines?

You have a consensus when a majority of people seem to agree on something. In college basketball betting, consensus can lead to increased betting on one side of the line and force a sportsbook to move that line or change the odds.

Of course, when that happens, you can take advantage of it by betting against the consensus at better-than-normal odds or an improved line.

College basketball same game parlays

These days, you can bet on “one game” or “same game” parlays in most college basketball games, combining different bets from a single matchup into one bet.

You’ll get better NCAA basketball odds than you would when betting these different lines individually. However, because the plays are often connected, the odds won’t be as good as you’d get putting together a parlay involving bets from different college basketball games.

Just be careful not to put together same game parlays with contradicting legs.

About the Author

Martin Derbyshire

Martin Derbyshire is Content Contributor with NC Sharp. He’s been writing online casino and sports betting content since 2007, making him a true industry veteran. Derbyshire has travelled to and written about casino, sports betting, and gambling culture all over the world, from the Las Vegas Strip and High Street Bookmakers in the UK to the casino resorts in the Special Administrative Region of Macau. Before immersing himself in the casino and gaming industry, Derbyshire earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Journalism from Langara College in Vancouver, BC, and was a crime reporter in the Greater Toronto Area. Some of his top stories appeared in the Toronto Star. Derbyshire now lives with his family in Buriram, Thailand.