College Basketball Betting Strategies, Betting Against the Public and Competitive Games (November 2008)
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Thoughts on College Basketball
College basketball is a unique sport for sports bettors and sportsbooks. What kinds of problems and opportunities does this present to sports bettors? Let’s take a look:
Betting System Ideas
Over the years, SportsInsights has shown that “Betting Against the Public” can help give you an edge. SportsInsights has also put together tools for its Members that track “Smart Money” as well as “Steam Moves.” With so many games concentrated in such a short amount of time (Saturday’s!), it is good to use all the tools at your disposal to narrow the number of potential sports investing values down.
College basketball has been underperforming slightly over the recent past — so we thought we would look at various methods that could help improve results. One thought we had was to take a look at a method that worked well for the NHL (hockey). In particular, we have learned that in the NHL, a filter that helps “fading the public” results is to take a narrower range of odds. Please visit our recap of academic studies on sports betting on the NHL and other sports as well as on football. Here are some other thoughts on betting system development:
Betting Against the Public — NCAA Basketball
“Betting Against the Public” has traditionally worked in college basketball. SportsInsights.com’s Square Plays had averaged about 55% up until the past two seasons. The past two seasons have been around 50%, bringing overall results since inception down to about 53%. The overall data set results in slightly sub-par results compared to SIs Square Plays. What is the difference between Square Plays and pure “betting against the public?”
Betting Against the Public — Competitive Games
In the NHL, we saw that we could improve results by fading the Public in games that are expected to be more competitive. The researchers at BettingCharts analyzed this factor — and interestingly found the same to be true on college basketball. More specifically, we found that in games where the “opening line” was -3.1 to -8.1 (small home favorites), “betting against the Public” resulted in a 56% winning percentage and +50 units over the past two seasons.
The interesting thing is that this point spread range is almost centered around the average point spread. (The average college basketball team favored by around -4 or -5 points). We’re pleased that a method that worked in one sport (hockey) works in another sport. We don’t “love” using an additional parameter in our approach to researching betting systems — but this approach seems to make sense and is another contrarian approach that can help investors identify “value.”
Table 1: NCAA BB and Betting Against the Public (-8.1 to -3.1 Pt Spread)
|Betting % on Home Team||Opening Pt Spread (Home Team Spread)||Play||Win % (2 Seasons, 2006-08)||Win %(4 Seasons, 2004-08)|
|< = 30%||-8.1 to -3.1 (Small Home Favorite)||Take Home favorite||59.8% (+18 units)||55.2% (+12 units)|
|> = 70%||-8.1 to -3.1 (Small Home Favorite)||Take Visiting dog||54% (+32 units)||52.5% (+24 units)|
We hope you will use this information and other SportsInsights tools to help you invest in the sports marketplace. Our Premium and Premium Pro Members can access even more tools to make the NHL, NBA, and College Basketball Seasons — as well as NFL and College Football Seasons — “profitable Sports Investing campaigns.”
We do not guarantee that the trends and biases we’ve found will continue to exist. It is impossible to predict the future. Any serious academic research in the field of “market efficiencies” recognizes that inefficiencies may disappear over time. Once inefficiencies are discovered, it is only a matter of time before the market corrects itself. We do not guarantee our data is error-free. However, we’ve tried our best to make sure every score and percentage is correct.