It’s the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball betting. March Madness is officially underway, with the opening round tipping off Thursday morning.

There’s a lot to keep track of this time of year in terms of the wagering action on betting sites. All the bracket pools, confidence picks, standard spread, total and prop betting, etc. But nonstop college hoops action from noon to the wee hours provides a great opportunity for March Madness parlays.

We’re going to mix in a few moneyline plays for a three-leg parlay in addition to our best bets for the day. Here’s our top NCAA Tournament parlay on betting apps for Thursday’s first-round action.


Top NCAA Tournament Parlay for Thursday

Bet Odds
UConn ML over New Mexico State -290
Indiana ML over St Mary's +120
Arkansas ML over Vermont -200
PARLAY ODDS +343 at DraftKings

College basketball odds accurate as of publication.


Leg 1: UConn Moneyline Over New Mexico State

New Mexico State is getting a lot of interest from bettors here, and we’re not exactly sure why. The -6.5 spread is intriguing and we like a moneyline play on the Huskies for parlay purposes. The Aggies don’t shoot it well from deep and they turn the ball over a lot. UConn might be in for a bit of a grind, but we fully expect the Huskies to pull off the win and advance to the second round.


Leg 2: Indiana Moneyline over Saint Mary’s

This is a tough turnaround for the Hoosiers, traveling from Dayton to Portland to play just 48 hours after Indiana’s First Four win over Wyoming. But we’ve seen teams deal with it and move on to deep runs – No. 11-seed UCLA took it all the way to the Final Four after an overtime First Four win over Michigan State just last year. We love how Indiana’s been playing lately and think they can carry their momentum into an upset win over the Gaels. We like Hoosiers moneyline at +120.


Leg 3: Arkansas Moneyline over Vermont

The Catamounts are getting a lot of respect here, with the line set at Arkansas -5. We like the Razorbacks to cover but will stick with moneyline for the parlay. Arkansas is a guard-oriented team with great senior leadership, tournament experience and a ton of impressive wins this year. We’re not sure why so many seem down on the Razorbacks, but we’re not concerned about an early exit. We like Arkansas moneyline odds at -200 to close out the parlay.


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