Basketball bettors can add a little extra mayhem to the NCAA Tournament with March Madness props.
While prop bets for March Madness aren’t the biggest draw in action, these markets are gaining popularity at sportsbooks and add a fun wrinkle to your NCAA Tournament wagers.
So, while you’re licking your wounds from a busted bracket — or celebrating still being in contention following the first three rounds — we're breaking the growing list of Big Dance prop bets that are available in 2023.
March Madness prop odds
Prop odds for March Madness began hitting the board once the bracket was set following Selection Sunday on March 13 and the days leading up to the first games. Check back for updated prop odds throughout the NCAA Tournament.
Seed prop odds for this year's NCAA Tournament began appearing on sportsbooks throughout North America once the bracket was revealed on Selection Sunday. Check back for updated prop odds throughout March Madness.
March Madness tournament props focus on events or happenings during the NCAA Tournament. These props can be based on certain teams, regions, seeds, or conferences and most often are graded upon the conclusion of the National Championship Game. Examples include:
- What will the sum of the Final Four seed numbers be?
- Which bracket region will win the National Championship?
- Which conference will win the National Championship?
Will there be a buzzer beater in the NCAA Tournament?
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook on March 27, 2023.
Along with our March Madness best betting sites, check out the best bonuses available for the tournament.
March Madness MVP
The March Madness MVP (also known as the tournament's most outstanding player) is a fun market that can provide value, providing you have a good take on which team will win the national title. After all, the MVP has come from the tournament winner every year since 1983.
March Madness prop bets explained
Prop bets – also known as proposition bets – aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when talking about March Madness odds. However, there are more and more of these fun alternative markets each year and they're a great attraction for those learning how to bet on March Madness.
March Madness props focus on individual team or player performances and particular events or happenings during a game, round, or tournament. Some prop bets can unfold in a matter of minutes, while others are graded on the Final Four and National Championship results.
Where can I bet on March Madness props?
March Madness is one of the most popular times of the year for sports bettors, making it one of the busiest times of the year for online sportsbooks. Every betting site will offer March Madness scores and matchups and 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.
Tips for betting on March Madness props
March Madness prop bets can vary in terms of focus and scope. Some props are longer-running markets, graded after a certain round, or at the end of the NCAA Tournament. Other props for March Madness are game-based and limited to a particular matchup.
Build your bracket
For betting on tournament or round props, you’ll want to build out your March Madness bracket and lay your path to the Final Four. Weigh each matchup and then base those prop bets on how you see the Big Dance playing out.
Singling out a Cinderella team that could provide an upset or two is vital to getting value from the March Madness props. Finding a live lower seed or an unknown mid-major giant killer can score some big plus-money prop payouts.
Make sure your March Madness prop picks are in line with your single-game wagers. You don’t want to play the Over on the number of ACC schools making it out of the Round of 64 and then fade Florida State to cover as a favorite in the first round.
Set a narrative
When it comes to game props, such as team and player prop bets, set a narrative for how you see the matchup playing out. If you think a talented big man will have his way with a smaller opponent, then look to the Over on props for points and rebounds. If you like a small-conference Cinderella to shoot their way to an upset win, look to back up that opinion with an Over wager on the team’s total number of 3-point buckets made.
The excitement of March Madness can get the best of basketball bettors, so have a money management system in place. If you plan on playing some NCAA Tournament props, designate a certain amount of your bankroll to just those types of wagers. This will help you be more selective about your prop bets and narrow down which types of bets you are winning and losing throughout the Big Dance.
Instant Replay: March Madness prop bets
- March Madness prop bets can range in focus, from round to seeds to the overall tournament as well as individual matchups.
- March Madness game props are gaining popularity and sportsbooks will have more of these than ever in 2021.
- The “First to 15” prop is one of the most exciting and entertaining bets you can make during the NCAA Tournament.
- Set a narrative for your March Madness props, whether that’s building out your bracket or setting a game script for player and team props.
March Madness prop bets FAQs
March Madness props get released after Selection Sunday when the NCAA Tournament field is set.
Depending on the focus, March Madness props could pay out in a matter of minutes, after each round, or at the end of the NCAA Tournament.
You can bet on a number of March Madness props, from tournament and round-by-round props to team and player props for individual games.