There’s a lot of excitement surrounding UMass basketball with new head coach Frank Martin, who led South Carolina to the Final Four in 2017. If and when Massachusetts legalizes sports betting, residents may be able to put money down on their favorite college basketball teams, including the UMass Minutemen.
When that occurs, you’ll need to be prepared to wager smartly, which means you’ll also need to know UMass basketball odds ahead of time. Let’s look at a detailed breakdown of UMass basketball odds.
UMass Basketball 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Odds at the Best Sportsbooks
|Sportsbook||Odds To Win 2022-2023 NCAA Tournament|
|DraftKings Massachusetts||None currently listed|
|FanDuel Massachusetts||None currently listed|
Where Can You Bet on UMass Basketball in Massachusetts?
Because Massachusetts hasn’t yet legalized sports wagering, you can’t bet on UMass or other college basketball games in this state. Instead, you’ll have to hop the border to another nearby state like New Jersey to place your bets.
However, this could change some time in the near future. The Massachusetts legislature is working on sports betting bills that could legalize the activity for both in-person and online wagering. However, we still don’t know if college sports betting would be allowed, even if overall sports betting is legal.
If college sports betting is allowed, you could be able to bet on UMass basketball using:
- Mobile sports betting apps such as DraftKings
- In-person sports betting locations, which may be added to Massachusetts’ retail casinos or constructed at sporting arenas or stadiums or sports bars
UMass Basketball Schedule 2022-23
The UMass basketball team’s 2022-23 schedule has not yet been released.
How UMass Basketball Betting Odds Are Calculated
The betting odds for UMass basketball are calculated in the same way as other sports wagering odds are calculated across the country: via dedicated statisticians called oddsmakers.
In a nutshell, oddsmakers are professional statisticians who use official league data and other statistical analysis methods to come up with popular wagering lines for sportsbooks. Wagering lines are usually created to offer a solid opportunity for profit whether you like to bet on the underdog or the favorite.
Although all major sportsbooks (both online and in-person) employ professional statisticians or oddsmaking algorithms, different books will come up with different wagering odds for specific events. Because of this, sports bettors may choose to “line shop” by checking the betting odds for a specific game across multiple sports betting platforms.
UMass Basketball Moneyline Odds
UMass basketball moneyline odds are straightforward and easy to understand. In short, moneyline odds displayed in the American format look like this:
- + symbol for underdog teams. The number next to the + symbol indicates how much money you may win from wagering $100
- – symbol for favored teams. The number next to the – symbol tells you how much money you have to wager in order to win $100
Here’s an example of UMass basketball moneyline odds in action:
- UMass Minutemen +110
- St. Louis Bilikens -110
In the above example, the UMass is considered the underdog team, so if you wager $100 and it wins, you’ll receive another $110 in profit. On the other hand, St. Louis is expected to win, so you have to wager $110 in order to make a $100 profit.
UMass Basketball Point Spread
Point spread bets and odds revolve around the points scored by either team. As with moneyline odds, the betting line is separated between the favored team to win and the underdog team. They usually look something like this:
- UMass Minutemen +9 +110
- St. Louis -9.5 -110
In the above example, the Minutemen are once again the underdogs. The +9 you see first indicates that the Minutemen need to win outright or lose by less than nine points in order for their bettors to win.
In contrast, the -9.5 next to St. Louis means that the team is the favored side to win. St. Louis has to win by more than 9.5 points for their bettors to succeed.
In this way, you could still theoretically win a point spread even if your team loses, provided that they lose by fewer than the points assigned to the spread bet odds.
UMass Basketball Futures Odds
Futures odds are also popular for UMass basketball and other major college sporting events. As their name suggests, futures odds provide betting opportunities surrounding the outcomes of future events, especially championships.
These odds usually feature quite high numbers but follow the same positive or negative sign rules associated with moneyline odds. For example, a team with +3000 odds to win the NCAA Tournament is considered an underdog, and wagering just $100 on them could result in a $3,000 payout.
Odds for futures bets usually fluctuate throughout the season. In general, the earlier you put your money down, the greater the potential payout you could see since you presumably bet with less information.
UMass Basketball Prop Bets
Then there are prop bets: simplistic wagers that focus on the outcome of a single event within a given game or season. For example, you might find prop bets for:
- Whether a player scores a 3-pointer
- Whether a player is injured
- Which player will receive the MVP award
Prop bets are fun for many sports wagerers since they don’t necessarily focus on who wins a game overall. In this way, they’re accessible bets for newcomers to sports betting as well.
How To Bet on UMass Basketball in Massachusetts
Currently, there’s no way to bet on UMass basketball in Massachusetts. But when a sports betting bill is eventually passed, and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, which is all but inevitable, you’ll be able to put money down on UMass basketball events in two ways:
- Using online sports betting apps, such as DraftKings
- Visiting retail sportsbooks, which could be tethered to retail casinos or sporting arenas
In either of these cases, you could be able to place a wide range of college basketball bets on UMass or other teams.
Live Betting on UMass Basketball in Massachusetts
Any licensed mobile sportsbook apps in Massachusetts will have live sports betting. Live or in-play sports betting means you get to put your money down on special wagering opportunities that fluctuate during a given game.
These are usually prop bets and are excellent ways to enjoy your favorite college basketball games with an added dose of adrenaline. Live betting may also be available at certain retail sportsbook locations.
How To Bet on the NCAA Tournament in Massachusetts
Massachusetts residents weren’t able to bet on the NCAA Tournament, or March Madness, this year. There’s a chance they’ll be able to next year, though. In that case, here’s all you’d need to do:
- Download and register for the sportsbook app of your choice
- Fund your account using credit or debit cards or other methods
- Visit the “futures” tab of the sportsbook
- Find the college basketball market and put your money down
UMass Basketball Partnerships
The UMass Minutemen haven’t partnered with any sports wagering organizations (likely because sports betting still isn’t legal in Massachusetts). However, this may change if and when sports wagering is legalized.
When this occurs, a sports betting operator, such as DraftKings, may try to partner with the Minutemen for special promotional opportunities, advertising bonuses, and more, although it is rarer for college athletic departments to partner with sportsbooks.
UMass Basketball Arena
The UMass Minutemen play in the Mullins Center (200 Commonwealth Ave, Amherst, MA 01003).
This nearly 9500-seat, multi-purpose arena is located right on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst. It’s also the home stadium for UMass’s women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey teams. On top of that, it regularly hosts concerts, theater shows, and commencement ceremonies for graduating classes.
UMass Basketball Odds FAQs
UMass basketball betting is practically nonexistent. There might be a few diehard fans who wager on this team from out-of-state. However, if sports betting is ever legalized in Massachusetts, you can bet that UMass basketball betting will become popular.
Not yet, but this could change if sports wagering is ever legalized in this state.
You can only bet on the NCAA Tournament out of state. Sports betting isn’t yet legal in Massachusetts.
There isn’t one sportsbook that will consistently have the best odds for a team. Bettors are encouraged to look at multiple sportsbooks to find the line most favorable to them.
Yes, but it’s only allowed to offer daily fantasy sports competitions. Sports betting is still illegal in the state.
Similar to DraftKings, FanDuel offers DFS to Massachusetts residents but not sports wagering.