From 64 to 32 to 16. Since when has math been so much fun? The NCAA Tournament is an annual event that draws the attention of people who aren’t normally even basketball fans. That’s because there’s something about the one-and-done elimination format of the hoops tournament that’s held every March.
This weekend, the eight Sweet 16 games will take place, and with new betting markets open across the country, gamblers have a chance to place their bets on exciting NCAA action.
Here’s your betting guide for each state that still has a team in the tournament.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Alabama
How To Bet The Games: Online betting is not currently legal in Alabama. Alabama also doesn’t have retail sports betting. The closest online option would be in Tennessee.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Arkansas
How To Bet The Games: You cannot be online in Arkansas, but you can place wagers on sporting events on-site at one of the state’s licensed casinos.
Home Teams In The Sweet 16: UCLA, USC
How To Bet The Games: You cannot bet online or at retail sportsbooks in California. The next best option is to bet online in nearby Nevada.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Florida State
How To Bet the Games: While online horse race betting, greyhound betting, and daily fantasy sports are all permitted in Florida, other forms of online wagering such as mobile sportsbooks are prohibited in the Sunshine State.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Loyola
How To Bet The Games: Illinois launched online sports betting in 2020, and there are several options for bettors in the state. Unfortunately, Illinois restricts bettors from wagering on in-state teams. The next best option would be to bet on Loyola from Indiana, Iowa, or Michigan. Illinois bettors can bet on other March Madness games, just not on Loyola.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Michigan
How To Bet The Games: Michigan finally launched online sportsbooks and casinos early in 2021, after passing laws making it legal in 2019. Bettors in Michigan can choose from a number of licensed sportsbooks to place bets on the Wolverines in the Sweet 16 round. There are retail sportsbook locations, including a few in Detroit, as well as a dozen legal online sports betting apps in the state. See the list here.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Syracuse
How To Bet The Games: Although there’s been recent movement and the chance of legalizing online sports betting in New York as early as April 1, there is no online betting yet. New Yorkers can place bets at retail sportsbooks in Upstate New York, or cross the border into New Jersey or Pennsylvania to place a bet.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Creighton
How To Bet The Games: Online betting is not legal in Nebraska. There are no legal retail sportsbooks either.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Oral Roberts
How To Bet The Games: There doesn’t appear to be any efforts to legalize online gambling (casinos or sportsbooks) in Oklahoma as of yet.
Home Teams In The Sweet 16: Oregon, Oregon State
How To Bet The Games: Two teams from the Beaver State are still alive in the NCAA Tournament. Currently, the only way to place a bet on sports online in Oregon is by using the Scoreboard sports mobile betting app, which is run by the State of Oregon.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Villanova
How To Bet The Games: You can place bets online on sports in Pennsylvania, which was one of the first US states to legalize online sportsbooks.
Home Teams In The Sweet 16: Baylor, Houston
Both Baylor (located in Waco), and the University of Houston are still playing in the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament.
How To Bet The Games: There is no option for legal sports betting in Texas.
Home Team In The Sweet 16: Gonzaga
How To Bet The Games: The Zags from Gonzaga are the current favorites to win the NCAA tourney, as they are the #1 overall seed. Unfortunately, Washington state offers no legal sports betting options at this time.