The Madness is coming.
March arrives on Sunday. Soon after that, it will be Championship Week. Then, the teams will be seeded, the brackets will be built, and the NCAA basketball tournament – March Madness! – will begin.
Rather than wait until the last minute to learn about all those teams, it’s best to start watching now. And this weekend’s college basketball calendar has some games worth watching.
No. 12 Villanova hosts Providence at noon on Saturday. Penn State‘s much improved team takes on No. 18 Iowa at the same time. Then, Oklahoma faces No. 20 West Virginia at 4 p.m.
And just in case the local connections aren’t enough, there are plenty of other games and betting lines available at your favorite PA sports betting app. Beyond that, FOX Bet has a “Lock It In” show that offers a boosted parlay every Friday. So there’s plenty of action this weekend to tide you over until the Madness arrives.
Here at Penn Sportsbooks we’ll get you ready for it all with a rundown of the best games and a look at some of the odds from our region’s sportsbooks.
FOX’s “Lock It In” show promises boosted parlay
With the odds not up yet for most of Saturday’s college basketball action, it makes sense to start building your bets elsewhere.
One good place to start is with FOX Bet’s “Lock It In” promotion. Fox’s “Lock It In” show airs every weekday at 4:30 p.m. on FS1. And on Friday, the show offers up the day’s best parlay, which gets boosted odds at their online sportsbook.
Final Four odds at a number of PA sports betting sites
Some other wagers worth looking into this weekend are the NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four odds, which are available on numerous sites. The odds will certainly change once the brackets are released, but for now, some of Pennsylvania’s teams offer tempting returns.
Penn State is +650 at DraftKings and BetRivers and +600 at FanDuel. And finally, West Virginia is +725 (DraftKings, BetRivers) and +750 (FanDuel).
Outside of those bets, you have a number of other options this weekend, with a healthy offering of hockey, hoops, and even XFL football. Here’s a sampling of some of our regional teams, with some odds provided by PlaySugarHouse.
- Rangers (+138) at Flyers (-167): 2/28 at 7 p.m.
- Penguins (-190) at Ducks (+155): 2/28 at 10 p.m.
- Providence at No. 12 Villanova: 2/29 at 12 p.m.
- No. 16 Penn State at No. 18 Iowa: 2/29 at 12 p.m.
- Oklahoma at No. 20 West Virginia: 2/29 at 4 p.m.
- 76ers at Clippers: 3/1 at 3:30 p.m.
If you were hoping for even more action this weekend, be patient. It’s almost March.
The Madness will arrive soon enough.