The NCAA Tournament: March Madness

College Basketball crowns the season's end with 64 teams competing to become the last contender standing. This NCAA college basketball tournament is known as madness unleashed by the frenzied fans of each university and the caliber of teams and games participating. March holds the key to who the best teams in the nation are and BetAmerica Sportsbook is here to help make sense of it all! Find information below on the March Madness tournament structure, expert betting tips, bracket predictions, and much more.




Final Four NCAAB Betting Guide 2019
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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2019
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After a flurry of games to complete the first four in, the first and second rounds of The Big Dance, teams will enter the coveted series of the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and Final Four.

Super Sixteen Series

The sweet taste of making the last sixteen teams along the college basketball tournament trail is just a stepping stone into the last weekend of the basketball season. The sixteen remaining teams play officially in the semi-finals for the region.

The Elite Series

The final eight teams alive in everyone's brackets take on one another, but the key maintaining poise on this game as the final four approaches. The eight remaining teams will play in the regional finals.

The Final Series

Both the final four and NCAA college basketball final are the most anticipated games of the year. The last four teams are officially competing in the national semi-finals as they head into the national championship game.


The 2019 College Basketball Championship Regions, Dates and Standings

  • Regions: South, East, West, Midwest
  • Inaugural Game: March 17, 1939
  • Current Number of Teams Participating: 68
  • 2019 Final Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2019 Final Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

March Madness Betting Tips, Bracket Predictions, & Other News





2019 NCAA College Basketball Standings

AP Poll (Through Games MAR. 10, 2019):

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Gonzaga (41)
29-2
1,572
1
2
Virginia (23)
28-2
1,559
2
3
North Carolina
26-5
1,474
3
4
Kentucky
26-5
1,373
6
5
Duke
26-5
1,298
4
6
Michigan State
25-6
1,226
9
7
Texas Tech
26-5
1,211
8
8
Tennessee
27-4
1,200
5
9
LSU
26-5
1,089
10
10
Michigan
26-5
1,041
7
  • Others receiving votes: UCF 62, VCU 53, Mississippi St. 37, Utah St. 34, New Mexico St. 16, Louisville 11, Murray St. 11, Iowa St. 8, Temple 4, Clemson 3, Liberty 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll (Through Games MAR. 3, 2019):

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Gonzaga (27)
29-2
795
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2
Virginia (5)
26-2
772
2
3
North Carolina
24-5
720
5
4
Duke
25-4
682
2
4
Tennessee
26-3
682
7
6
Kentucky
24-5
633
4
7
Michigan
26-4
576
10
8
Texas Tech
24-5
561
11
9
Purdue
22-7
533
12
10
LSU
24-5
486
14
  • Dropped out: No. 21 Iowa; No. 24 Louisville; No. 25 Washington.
  • Others receiving votes: Washington 22; UCF 22; Louisville 20; Mississippi State 14; Auburn 12; Baylor 11; Utah State 9; Arizona State 5; Hofstra 5; Florida 5; VCU 3; Iowa 2; Texas 1; Belmont 1.



A Brief History of March Madness and the College Basketball Championship

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament features 68 college basketball teams from the D-I level competing in a single-elimination tournament for the title of national champion.

The tournament (also referred to as NCAA March Madness) was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Ohio State head coach Harold Olsen spearheaded the effort to form an eight-team tournament as a counter to the National Invitation Tournament, established one year earlier.

Olsen’s Buckeyes appeared in the first national championship, where they lost to Oregon 46-33 in Evanston, Ill. Since then, the NCAA tournament has expanded from just an eight-team format to a field of 68.

As of 2011, the tournament opens with four “play-in” games, known as the First Four. These games determine four low-seeded teams who will go on to play in the round of 64, or the “first round” of the tournament.

The tournament is divided into the East, West, Midwest and South regions, each comprised of 16 teams seeded from Nos. 1-16 and announced on Selection Sunday. Of the 68 teams in the tournament, 32 receive automatic bids upon winning their respective conference tournaments. The other 36 are granted at-large bids, as determined by the NCAA selection committee.

The NCAA tournament is completed over the course of three weekends in the spring on neutral sites throughout United States. The Sweet Sixteen, or regional semifinal, and Elite Eight, or regional final, make up the second week of the tournament. The closing round, the Final Four, is typically held in April.

UCLA has won the most NCAA titles with 11. Kentucky comes in second with eight, followed by North Carolina at six and Indiana and Duke, each tied at five.

The tournament has been televised since 1969. Currently, the games are broadcast by TNT, TBS, CBS and truTV.



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NCAA Net Rankings

The Net Rankings system is a new NCAA evaluation tool, relying on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. This tool is intended to replace the old RPI index as the primary evaluation tool for sorting Division I men's basketball teams during the season. Use these ratings to make smarter March Madness bets this Spring.

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1
Virginia
ACC
29-3
10-1
4-1
15-1
0-0
2
2
Gonzaga
WCC
30-3
9-1
4-2
17-0
0-0
3
3
Duke
ACC
29-5
7-2
7-1
15-2
0-0
4
4
Houston
AAC
31-2
11-1
1-0
19-1
0-0
5
6
Tennessee
SEC
29-4
7-3
4-1
17-0
1-0
6
5
Kentucky
SEC
27-6
8-2
2-3
17-1
0-0
7
7
North Carolina
ACC
27-6
11-1
2-3
14-2
0-0
8
8
Michigan St.
Big Ten
27-6
8-4
4-1
15-1
0-0
9
9
Michigan
Big Ten
28-5
7-4
4-0
17-1
0-0
10
10
Texas Tech
Big 12
26-6
6-3
3-2
17-1
0-0