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March Madness is one of the biggest betting events on the North American sporting calendar.

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The bracket is set and NCAA Tournament action begins this week. Get everything you need to know for your March Madness betting right here.

March Madness details

Round(s) Date(s)
Selection Sunday March 13
First Four March 15-16
First Round March 17-18
Second Round March 19-20
Sweet 16 March 24-25
Elite Eight March 26-27
Final Four April 2
NCAA Championship game April 4

March Madness odds

One of the most popular ways to bet on March Madness is simply picking which team will win it all. Last year's runner-up Gonzaga opened as title favorites immediately following last year's tournament and have held the top spot through the season.

All things bracket

March Madness revolves around the bracket and we've got you covered from all angles:

March Madness props

Prop betting is becoming more and more popular by the day as regulated sports betting expands throughout the US. We're excited for the variety of March Madness props that will be offered — and we can't wait to cash in on the First to 15 prop! 

Tournament MVP

Betting on the most outstanding player of the NCAA Tournament is a relatively new futures market that is gaining popularity each year due to the big plus-money odds available on pretty much every player. The key here is to pick someone from the winning team as the March Madness MVP has come from the national champion every year since 1983.

March Madness picks

With so many games and so many betting markets available, there are always value picks to be found. March Madness features 67 games and Covers’ betting analysts will deliver 67 picks articles full of smart betting options for you to consider.

Best Bonuses

Along with our March Madness best betting sites, check out the best bonuses available for the tournament.

March Madness trends

You're going to hear about a ton of trends as you build your bracket and handicap tournament games. Some of these are legit; others should be dismissed. Jason Logan breaks down some of the March Madness trends with three you can trust and three you should avoid.

March Madness upsets

A big upset in the early rounds is a staple of March Madness. And there is no better feeling than holding a ticket on a massive underdog and then watching as it cashes in. That's why we've put together a dedicated March Madness upsets page, with the Top 10 betting upsets this century and tips on how to spot an upset before it happens. 

March Madness for beginners

New to March Madness betting? We've got you covered. Learn how to bet on March Madness with our beginner's guide and then dig deeper with intermediate and advanced strategies so that you're making the smartest bets possible.

March Madness betting sites

March Madness is one of the most popular times of the year for sports bettors, which of course makes it one of the busiest times of the year for online sportsbooks. Every betting site will offer March Madness odds but the top sites are safe and secure, offer a wide range of banking options, and give you a ton of markets for each game. Check out the best March Madness betting sites in your region.

Past March Madness winners

Season National Champion Odds Prior to Round 1 of March Madness
2020-21 Baylor Bears +500
2019-20 Tournament cancelled N/A
2018-19 Virginia Cavaliers +675
2017-18 Villanova Wildcats +570
2016-17 North Carolina Tar Heels +535
2015-16 Villanova Wildcats +1,500
2014-15 Duke Blue Devils +1,000
2013-14 Connecticut Huskies +9,500
2012-13 Louisville Cardinals +450
2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats +185
2010-11 Connecticut Huskies +2,500
2009-10 Duke Blue Devils +650
2008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels +400
2007-08 Kansas Jayhawks +700
2006-07 Florida Gators +400
2005-06 Florida Gators +2,000
2004-05 North Carolina Tar Heels +350
2003-04 Connecticut Huskies +450
2002-03 Syracuse Orange +1,800
2001-02 Maryland Terrapins +350
2000-01 Duke Blue Devils +250

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