Bet on College Basketball in New Jersey

Except for games involving NJ schools and other games held inside the state, you can bet on every single game in the NCAA men’s basketball season at online sportsbooks and sportsbook apps in New Jersey. You’ll also find similar odds posted for every aspect of NCAA basketball games at retail sportsbooks inside Atlantic City casinos and New Jersey racetracks.

Most NJ sportsbooks, online and off, will post lines for every college basketball game across all 351 teams and 32 conferences. The sportsbooks will also have NCAA futures markets available where you can bet on:

  • The National Championship winner.
  • The conference to produce the champion.
  • Teams to make the Final Four.
  • Which teams will get a No. 1 seed in the tournament.
  • The team to post the best regular-season record in their conference.

Check our full guide to betting on college basketball in New Jersey below.

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Live College Basketball Odds

See below for a sample of current moneyline, spread and totals odds for college basketball games at NJ online sportsbooks. To see the full NCAA college basketball feed, head to our sports betting odds page and select “NCAAB” from the drop-down menu. Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook and claim your bonus/register a new account.

Check the second tab for real-time odds at NJ online sportsbooks on the next NCAA Basketball National Champion. Use the drop-down menu to see more futures odds including odds to make the Final Four, win the conference and more.

2020/21 NCAA Basketball preseason AP Top 25 poll

Both the Associated Press and USA Today polls rank the top 2020-21 NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball teams prior to the start of and every week throughout the season. Check the current AP Top 25, updated every Monday.

You won’t be able to bet on Seton Hall games or Seton Hall futures in NJ. The school is based in South Orange, NJ, and therefore subject to the state’s sports betting restrictions that prohibit gambling on local college basketball teams.

That means if Seton Hall goes on to make the NCAA Tournament, the team’s games won’t be on any NCAA tourney brackets in New Jersey and there won’t be any lines posted on its games.

Here’s how the AP Top 25 look at first release:

1GonzagaBulldogsWest Coast
2BaylorBearsBig 12
Big East
4VirginiaCavaliersAtlantic Coast
5IowaHawkeyesBig Ten
JayhawksBig 12
7WisconsinBadgersBig Ten
8IllinoisFighting Illini
Big Ten
Blue Devils
Atlantic Coast
11CreightonBluejaysBig East
13Michigan State
SpartansBig Ten
14Texas Tech
Red Raiders
Big 12
15West Virginia
MountaineersBig 12
16North Carolina
Tar Heels
Atlantic Coast
17HoustonCougarsAmerican Athletic
18Arizona State
Sun Devils
Pacific 12
LonghornsBig 12
20OregonDucksPacific 12
21Florida State
SeminolesAtlantic Coast
22UCLABruinsPacific 12
23Ohio State
BuckeyesBig Ten
24RutgersScarlet Knights
Big Ten
25MichiganWolverinesBig Ten

NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament (March Madness)

Note: Due to Covid restrictions, the entire NCAA Tournament will be held in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. 

The 2021 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, will begin on March 16. It will finish with the championship game on April 5 in Indianapolis.

On March 14, the NCAA will announce the names and seeding of the 68 teams set to play in the tournament. This process includes the automatic bids given to each of 32 conference tournament champions and 36 at-large bids picked by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The committee also seeds the field and places the teams into four 16-team regions: East, Midwest, West and South.

Plus, the four lowest-seeded conference tournament winners and four lowest-seeded at-large teams are asked to play in the First Four to get in the 64-team, first-round field.

Here are the dates and sites for the 2021 NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament:

First Four

March 16/17, 2021
Indianapolis, Indiana

First and Second Rounds

March 18 and 20, 2021

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 19 and 21, 2020

Indianapolis, Indiana

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet 16 and Elite Eight)

March 25 and 27, 2021

Midwest Regional: Indianapolis, Indiana
West Regional: Indianapolis, Indiana

March 27 and 29, 2020

South Regional: Indianapolis, Indiana
East Regional: Indianapolis, Indiana

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and NCAA Championship)

April 3 and 5, 2020

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

March Madness bracket challenges

Come tourney time, expect NJ sportsbooks to offer free bracket contests with hundreds of thousands in prizes available to anyone in the US.

Brackets are a fun way to get in on all the March Madness action. All you have to do is pick a winner for every single March Madness game and hope you’re better at it than everyone else.

College basketball betting beginners’ guide

There are several simple ways you can bet on college basketball games at retail and online sportsbooks in NJ, including:

NCAA Basketball Moneylines

NJ sportsbooks will most likely set moneylines for every college basketball game on the schedule this season. The lone exception, again, is wagering on games in New Jersey or those involving in-state schools.

Betting moneylines is as easy as it gets. Pick the team you think will win and lock in the bet at either positive or negative odds that are posted for each team. These odds tell you how much you’ll get paid if your bet wins.

The favorite is the negative number, representing how much you’ll need to bet to win $100, plus your bet back. The underdog is the positive number, representing how much you’ll win for every $100 you bet.

NCAA Basketball Spreads

College basketball spreads are much like point spreads in NFL games. NJ sportsbooks come up with a line displaying the number of points they believe the favorite will win by. In order to determine a betting winner, that line must be factored into the final score.

NJ sportsbooks will post spread lines on most college basketball games. You must pick a side and either deduct the number from the favorite’s final score or add it to the underdog’s before determining if you’ve selected the winner. In other words, you need to pick the winner with the posted spread at the time you placed the bet.

NCAA Basketball Totals

College basketball totals are just the same as the over/under in NFL games. NJ sportsbooks set a line on the total number of points both teams will combine to score. You bet whether the final score will be over or under that number.

NCAA Basketball Parlays

NJ sportsbooks offer players the opportunity for bigger college basketball paydays if they’re willing to combine two or more college basketball bets into a parlay.

Parlays pay better than individual game bets. The catch is you must win every single wager that is part of the parlay to win anything at all.

NCAA basketball live betting

Most NJ sportsbooks offer in play college basketball betting. Live wagering allows you to place basic bets during a game in real-time at odds that are continuously adjusting.

Live NCAA basketball betting also includes a few prop bets, like winning the half or whether the total score will end up even or odd.


Which team has won the most NCAA Championship wins?

UCLA last won the NCAA Men’s Division 1 basketball championship in 1995 but with 11 national titles it still holds the record for the most NCAA Championship wins.

Which team has the most Final Four appearances?

The North Carolina Tar Heels have made the Final Four 20 times, the most of any team in NCAA history. From those 20 appearances, the Tar Heels have won seven championships, the last time in 2017.

What’s the best strategy for betting on college basketball?

There’s no tried and true secret for betting on college basketball. However, the best strategies for wagering on college hoops are supported by facts. The difference between those who win and lose betting college basketball is information.

If you want to be a college basketball betting winner, you develop your strategy by watching games and devouring as much information as you can. Scour the injury reports, study how sportsbooks are setting lines, and look for edges you can exploit.

Make informed bets and put the knowledge you have gained by studying college basketball to work for you.

What’s the difference between Vegas NCAA lines and other lines?

There isn’t any, really. In fact, most of the lines in Vegas and NJ sportsbooks are similar.

The thing is that local betting markets move local lines. So, there may be heavy betting on Villanova locally, and it may be enough to move the lines at local sportsbooks.

But Vegas still won’t budge, and that’s the big difference between local lines and those from Sin City sportsbooks.

What are second-half NCAA lines?

Second half NCAA lines are new lines that are set at halftime, allowing you to bet on the performance of the teams in the second half of a game.

Why can I not bet on New Jersey NCAA teams?

New Jersey lawmakers prohibit betting on local college teams and local college games to prevent corruption. It’s a bit of a toothless regulation, considering it’s just as easy to bet on NJ schools across state lines. Plus, keeping all the betting action open and upfront would probably do more to prevent corruption and protect the integrity of local college sports than a betting ban.

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