College Basketball Betting: How To Bet On College Basketball in North Carolina

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College basketball is one of the most popular sports in North Carolina. And soon it could be one of the most popular online North Carolina sports betting markets.

I dive into everything you need to know to get started with college basketball betting in NC.

How to Bet on College Basketball in North Carolina

Betting on college basketball will be easy once NC betting apps launch. Follow these steps:

  1. βœ… Sign up for or log into your account at your favorite sportsbook(s).
  2. βœ… Navigate to the Basketball menu under the A-Z list.
  3. βœ… Select College Basketball (M) for men's odds or College Basketball (W) for women's odds.
  4. βœ… Find the market you want to bet on. Options include game lines, parlays, props, and futures.
  5. βœ… Click on the side you want to bet on to add it to your betslip.
  6. βœ… Adjust your wager amount.
  7. βœ… Watch and wait to see if your college basketball bet wins!

Can I Bet on College Basketball in North Carolina?

Yes, you can bet on college basketball in North Carolina. Right now, you can only bet on college basketball odds at retail sportsbooks locations in the state. But soon, you'll be able to bet online as well.

Soon, NC sportsbook promos and will be live, just in time for conference tournaments and 2024 March Madness tips off.

Is it Legal to Bet on College Basketball Games?

Yes, it's legal to bet on college basketball games in North Carolina. Some states, such as Vermont, do not allow betting on in-state teams outside of major tournaments.

Can I Bet on Men's College Basketball in North Carolina?

Yes, you can bet on men's college basketball in North Carolina. The current odds-on favorite to win the National Championship is UConn at +500 odds on DraftKings North Carolina.

As of Jan. 29, 2024, Kentucky was BetMGM North Carolina's top public betting target with 14.3%. Kansas (9.9%) and Michigan State combine for about 20% of the overall market handle. Tennessee is the ninth-most popular championship bet with 3.4% of all tickets and 3.6% of all market handle.

Can I Bet on Women's College Basketball in North Carolina?

Yes, you can bet on women's college basketball in North Carolina. 

Betting on women's basketball odds is growing in popularity nationwide. During 2023's March Madness, betting on women's basketball spiked 30% at BetMGM, showing numbers nearly on the same level as NFL betting.

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Popular NCAA Basketball Teams to Bet on in North Carolina

There are 19 D1 men's and women's college basketball programs in North Carolina. Let's take a look at the top betting contenders for 2024.

University of North Carolina Tar Heels

The UNC Tar Heels men's team is one of the most successful programs in NCAAB history. They have won six National Championships and hold the record for most all-time March Madness wins with 102.

UNC odds for this season are among the shortest to win the National Championship this season.

The women's team won the National Championship in 1994 and has been to the Final Four three times total.

Both programs rank within the AP Top 25 and are among the contenders to win their respective March Madness tournaments.

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πŸ“ Location:Chapel Hill, NC
πŸ“ˆ Men's Team Ranking:No. 10
πŸ† Men's ACC Champ. Odds:-280
πŸ€ Men's Final Four Odds:+400
πŸ† Men's National Champ. Odds:+1800
πŸ“ˆ Women's Team Ranking:Not Ranked
πŸ† Women's National Champ. Odds:+30000
βœ… Last Verified:February 23, 2024

Duke Blue Devils

Duke is one of the other top men's basketball programs in NCAA history. In 119 seasons, they've made 17 Final Four appearances and have 5 National Championship titles. 

Duke odds have slipped this season, but still rank among the shortest in the NCAA.

The women's team has yet to win a national title, but has made four Final Fours. But, both the women's and men's teams have relatively short odds to win this year's March Madness tournaments.

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πŸ“ Location:Durham, NC
πŸ“ˆ Men's Team Ranking:No. 8
πŸ† Men's ACC Champ. Odds:+200
πŸ€ Men's Final Four Odds:+600
πŸ† Men's National Champ. Odds:+2500
πŸ“ˆ Women's Team Ranking:Not Ranked
πŸ† Women's National Champ. Odds:+20000
βœ… Last Verified:February 23, 2024

NC State Wolfpack

The NC State women's team is the fourth-ranked team in the country. They are 15-1 through 16 games and have the seventh-shortest odds to win the National Championship.

The men's program hasn't seen the same success, but they do have some National Championships in their record books. They won the tournament twice, in 1974 and 1983. This year's squad isn't ranked but is on the betting odds board. 

πŸ“ Location:Raleigh, NC
πŸ“ˆ Men's Team Ranking:N/A
πŸ† Men's ACC Champ. Odds:+25000
πŸ€ Men's Final Four Odds:+10000
πŸ† Men's National Champ. Odds:+50000
πŸ“ˆ Women's Team Ranking:No. 6
πŸ† Women's National Champ. Odds:+3000
βœ… Last Verified:February 23, 2024

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest has seen its odds shorten across the board throughout the first half of the season. They have the third-shortest odds to win the ACC, behind only UNC and Duke.

Wake Forest men's and women's basketball programs have only made one Final Four trip each. 

πŸ“ Location:Winston-Salem, NC
πŸ“ˆ Men's Team Ranking:N/A
πŸ† Men's ACC Champ. Odds:+25000
πŸ€ Men's Final Four Odds:+4000
πŸ† Men's National Champ. Odds:+16000
πŸ“ˆ Women's Team Ranking:N/A
πŸ† Women's National Champ. Odds:N/A
βœ… Last Verified:February 23, 2024

Davidson Wildcats

If small school Davidson sounds familiar, it's because NBA star Steph Curry, ranked one of the most famous people from North Carolina, went there. Despite the all-star alum, the men's team hasn't been to a Final Four, much less a National Championship.

It's been a few years since either the men's or women's teams have contended in the Atlantic 10 conference or the NCAA as a whole.

πŸ“ Location:Davidson, NC
πŸ“ˆ Men's Team Ranking:N/A
πŸ† Men's Atlantic 10 Champ. Odds+50000
πŸ€ Men's Final Four Odds:+20000
πŸ† Men's National Champ. Odds:+100000
πŸ“ˆ Women's Team Ranking:N/A
πŸ† Women's National Champ. Odds:N/A
βœ… Last Verified:February 23, 2024

Best Bets to Make on NC College Basketball Odds

While there are many types of wagers you can make on college basketball teams, these are the three easiest that I recommend:

  • Moneyline Positive moneyline odds indicate an underdog team, who will yield a bigger payout if they win.
  • Point Spread Bet on whether or not a team will win (or lose) by the expected total amount.
  • Live Betting Bet in game as lines shift to get higher payouts on more favorable odds that follow the action.

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Author

Shannon Lane is a commercial editor and fact-checker for BetCarolina. She's spent the last decade working in sports media, including at NFL Media and as a reporter/fact-checker at Sports Illustrated. She covers everything NFL football to give North Carolina sports betters the best information on the Panthers and other NFL teams.

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