UMass has a storied NCAA men’s basketball history, dating back over 100 years and including legendary names like Julius Erving and Rick Pitino. And while the Minutemen haven’t had the same success lately as they did in the ’90s, sports bettors in Massachusetts will undoubtedly welcome the chance to bet on them.
Sports betting isn’t yet legal in Massachusetts, but there has been traction and optimism that could change by the end of this year. Many neighboring states have already gone live with online betting, so here’s hoping it’s only a matter of time for the Bay State.
Here are some of the sportsbooks and UMass basketball betting odds you can expect to see when that happens.
Today’s UMass basketball odds
When Massachusetts online sportsbooks go live, you’ll see the latest UMass basketball odds right here.
Best sports betting apps for UMass betting
When Massachusetts finally legalizes online sports betting, you can expect all the major sportsbooks to join the fray. Here are a few of the big names and the types of bets they offer on college basketball odds.
BetMGM Sportsbook app
BetMGM is a big name in online sports betting, and it’s a site where you’ll find a lot of great college basketball betting lines. The BetMGM betting app offers a user-friendly interface and loads of options.
DraftKings Sportsbook app
DraftKings made its name in daily fantasy sports and now has a robust sportsbook. Along with regular betting options, you’ll also find a large selection of player props on the DraftKings betting app.
- Player points props
- Player 3s props
- Team futures
- First half/second half bets
- Live betting
- Halftime score
FanDuel Sportsbook app
FanDuel Sportsbook is another DFS site turned sportsbook, so expect a lot of great prop bets here. The FanDuel betting app has a massive user base and offers competitive odds on sports across the board.
- Team futures
- Rebounds by player
- Assists by player
- 3s by player
- Team props
- NCAA one-game parlay
How to set up an online betting account in MA
With so much competition out there, it’s no surprise that MA sports betting apps want to make it as easy as possible for you to register and get started. They usually offer some intriguing sign-up bonuses as well. Every app will have subtle differences, but the sign-up process is generally the same. Here is a quick breakdown of the process you can expect.
- Head to your sportsbook of choice (DraftKings, FanDuel, etc.);
- If you notice a promo for new users, click on the link;
- From there, click on the “Play Now” or “Register” option;
- Enter your email address and create a password;
- Fill in your details (name, address, DOB);
- Answer a few security questions;
- Check your preferences and click “Play Now” or “Bet Now.”
From there, you should be ready to deposit and place your first bet. The entire process should take only a few minutes. It’s a good idea to shop around the different apps and scope out the best sign-up bonuses for upwards of $1000.
How to bet on UMass basketball
There is a wide variety of betting options when it comes to college basketball on most of the popular sportsbooks. They can include game prop bets, live betting, futures and player props. The three most popular types of bets are moneylines, spreads and totals. Here is an example of a typical betting line:
|UMass||-4.5 (-110)||+115||Over 155.5 (-110)|
|Rhode Island||+4.5 (-110)||+225||Under 155.5 (-110)|
The above line shows the spread, moneyline and total odds. Here’s a look at how those bets work.
A point spread is when the sportsbook calculates a handicap and assigns it to a favorite. It’s a way of evening the playing field for more exciting betting options. In the above example, UMass would have to win by 4.5 points to cover, with payout odds of -110.
A moneyline bet is when you pick your anticipated winner. The results include potential overtime. There is no point spread involved in these bets. Here, UMass has +115 moneyline odds to win the game.
A totals bet means that you choose whether the total combined points in the game will be over or under the amount set by the sportsbook. You will decide if the game will go over or under 155.5 total points for this bet. Your payout is -110 odds.
A player prop is a game within the game. You can bet on specific totals of a particular player, like whether a UMass player’s total points for the game will go over 10.5 or under. The odds for both options sit at -110.
Live betting on UMass games
One of the beautiful things about in game betting online is that it allows you to follow a game and ride the momentum shifts. Every sports fan knows there will be ebbs and flows to every game. Downloading a sportsbook app is the best way to harness and keep up with the live sports betting odds.
Here’s an example:
Say UMass was playing Dayton and started the game with +115 moneyline odds. If UMass struggled from the tip-off and quickly trailed 8-0 in the game, the live odds would increase.
If you still believe that UMass will win the game, this would be an excellent time to get in on those longer odds. There are always some significant scoring runs in college basketball, which makes live betting fun.
What conference does UMass play in?
The UMass Minutemen currently play in the NCAA Division 1 Atlantic 10 Conference. Despite its name, there are 14 members in the conference—mainly teams from the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest.
UMass has a few rivals across Massachusetts in non-conference play. They frequently play Boston College (an ACC school) in a game known as the “Commonwealth Classic.” UMass also includes Harvard (an Ivy League stalwart) on its non-conference schedule. Check here for the latest Harvard basketball odds.
UMass in A10 Tourney/March Madness
The A10 Tournament is a one-and-done competition consisting of teams seeded based on regular-season records. The tourney winner is declared the conference champion and is invited to the big dance—March Madness.
March Madness is a 68-team sudden death tournament for the National Championship. The 32 conference champions receive entry into the tourney, and a selection committee picks the other 36.
Online sportsbooks tend to open up a more extensive selection of bets during these tournaments, as they are some of the nation’s most prominent sports betting events. You can expect to see more March Madness live odds and online prop bets available. You can also find quite a few March Madness bracket contests.
Where is the UMass basketball arena?
The Minutemen play their home games at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
- Address: 200 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
- Capacity: 9,493
- Opened: Feb. 4, 1993
- Sports: Basketball, hockey
- Construction Cost: $51.4 millon
- Notable Concerts: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jay-Z
How to watch UMass basketball games
Aside from attending a game live, UMass fans can cheer on their team through live streaming options like NBC Live Stream, Sling and FuboTV. There are also select games broadcasted on ESPN and CBS each season.
UMass grads in NBA
Here are the most notable players from UMass who have played in the NBA.
- Marcus Camby
- Julius Erving
- Gary Forbes
- Tony Gaffney
- Lari Ketner
- Stephane Lasme
- Lou Roe
- Al Skinner
All-time UMass basketball points leaders
Here are UMass’ top 10 all-time scoring leaders.
- Jim McCoy – 2,374
- Monty Mack – 2,183
- Ricky Harris – 1,960
- Lou Roe – 1,905
- Rashaun Freeman – 1,744
- Lorenzo Sutton – 1,731
- Chaz Williams – 1,653
- Tony Barbee – 1,643
- Donald Russell – 1,558
- Harper Williams – 1,534
Best basketball bars near UMass campus
According to reviews from Yelp, here are the top three places to watch a UMass game near campus. Hopefully, sports fans will soon place bets at these venues when they take in a game.
- Stackers Pub
- The O’s
- Toasted Owl Tavern
UMass basketball history and traditions
Before settling on the Minutemen, UMass athletic teams went by the name Aggies and then Redmen. In 1972, the Student Senate decided to abolish the name Redmen due to its racial connotations and polled the student body for a new name. The result was the Minutemen, and the name has been used since the 1972-73 season.
What are the UMass Instagram/Twitter handles?
- UMass men’s basketball Instagram: @umassbasketball
- UMass men’s basketball Twitter: @UMassBasketball
How many national titles does UMass have?
The Minutemen have appeared in the NCAA tournament nine times but have yet to win a championship. Their record in the tourney is officially 7-8 after the NCAA vacated their 1996 victories.