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NCAAB March Madness Betting

February 2, 2011

The college basketball season is already two thirds of the way through which means it’s time to look at picks for March Madness.

The last four years have seen a top seed in one of the brackets prevailing with the Duke Blue Devils in 2010, the North Caolina Tar Heels in 2009, the Kansas Jayhawks in 2008 and the Florida Gators in 2007 all entering the tournaments as top seeds in their respective brackets.

If you want to make any money on March Madness odds in the futures market, you need to pick teams that are in a good position to finish in one of the top seeds. With the college basketball betting season already two thirds of the way done, we’re in a good position to look at the March Madness futures for teams that are likely to finish as top teams. In particular, we look for teams that are in position now to qualify as a top team and teams in position to make a late charge and take top spot.

Top Teams Right Now

The Duke Blue Devils may not be the top team in the League, but at +320 they have the best odds. While the Blue Devils are the defending champions, it is hard to justify taking them at this number. The ACC is down this year and they really haven’t proven that much. They do have a win over a number two team Kansas State, but Kansas State has since fallen hard.

They don’t have any big tests on the horizon, so don’t be surprised to see them enter the tournament as one of the top seeded teams which means you can almost book them in the Elite Eight which is a big advantage, but their odds are just too low to justify spending any money in an event as unpredictable as March Madness.

The number one team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes, comes in next at +420. A good case can be made for the top team in the nation. They have overcome a number of tests including overcoming an 18-point deficit against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They have a number of big tests left, so don’t be surprised to see them lose a game or two, but the competition will be good for them once the spring tournament starts.

The Kansas Jayhawks look tempting at +1000 because of their one-loss record and strong play annually, but they haven’t faced a lot of tests and seem like the best candidate for falling off with three more games against ranked teams.

A better bet is the lone team to beat the Jayhawks, the Texas Longhorns at +2000. The Longhorns have faced more ranked teams and, in most cases, prevailed. They also don’t have any ranked teams left on their schedule which puts them in a pretty good position to take the Big 12.

Teams Making a Late Charge

The Pittsburgh Panthers +2000 are the strong bet to take a top seed from one of the four aforementioned teams. The Panthers have a win over Texas and have played well despite a fairly strong schedule. The biggest challenge for the Panthers will be the Villanova Wildcats who were one of the top teams for most of the season before falling off badly last week. If they get their game back together, they will be a big threat as these two teams have two meetings left.

A strong alternative to the Panthers, depending on how worried you are about Villanova, is the UConn Huskies at +2000 who have already proven themselves against a number of ranked teams, but their remaining schedule is full of pitfalls starting tomorrow with another team that has dropped precipitously, the Syracuse Orange.

Conclusion

Texas is by far the best college basketball bet based on risk and reward. Their path from here to the Elite Eight is the easiest and they have enough wins over quality opposition to believe they have a chance to go all the way once they get there.

UConn and Pittsburgh both pay the same as Texas, but Texas has a much easier path from here forward and represents a better value.

Duke and Ohio State are solid choices, but not worth the investment in my opinion while Kansas still has a lot to prove.

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First Round Preview: NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2010

If you are looking for a great 1st round basketball tournament game to watch then the match up of the #2 Ohio State against the #15 University of California Santa Barbara will be the match that you will want to watch. This two teams should make up for an awesome game and have already proven what they can do in their divisions and overall.

With a convincing win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, the won the Ohio State BuckeyesBig 10 Championship. Ohio State making this trip will be their 22nd trip to the tournaments that is very impressive for such a young squad that is lead by Junior Evan Turner and comes in this game with an impressive 27-7 overall record. Turner was also recently announced as the Basketball Writer’s All American Basketball Player.

The #15 ranked University of California Santa Barbara have a great group of guys that work together as a team and should fair well against their opponent and is a surprise by some individuals to making it to the top to play in the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament.

On Friday March 19, 2010 at 6:30, be sure to have your channel tuned to this game to see an exciting game.

College Basketball – Big East, March Madness

March 1, 2010

There is no doubt that The Big East is “the” conference this year in men’s college basketball. Top to bottom, the conference may be the strongest it’s ever been.

Eash of the top four teams are looking at having high seeds and playing somewhere close to home during March Madness. That is a big advantage, and one that will be appreciated coming off a murderous conference schedule.

The Syracuse Orange are well-coached and loaded with talent, and the Pittsburgh Panthers can throw a scare into anyone. The West Virginia Mountaineers under Bob Huggins could go deep in the tournament, and the Georgetown Hoyas already have beaten some giants this season and are looking for more.

What separates The Big East from all the other major conferences is the next group of teams, all of whom are NCAA Tournament worthy so don’t forget to check out the NCAAB Odds.

This group includes the Villanova Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Cincinnati Bearcats, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Chances are at least one of these teams may not be in the field of 65.

Notre Dame currently has a losing record in the conference and is on the bubble. Marquette could be on the bubble as well, or possibly the last team in, but as long as they maintain a winning record in The Big East and don’t have any bad losses, they should be in.

Teams needing help fast include the UConn Huskies and the Seton Hall Pirates.

NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Villanova-Louisville

January 11, 2010

The No. 6 Villanova Wildcats take on the unranked Louisville Cardinal in a Big East conference battle Monday (7 pm ET, ESPN).

Louisville is a 3-point favorite and the over/under is 156.

The matchup pits two teams with undefeated conference records (both are 3-0 SU in the Big East) against each other.

Villanova, 14-1 SU overall, is led by the nearly 18 points per game that senior Scottie Reynolds is scoring. Junior Antonio Pena leads them with just over 8 rebounds a game, while Corey Fisher’s 4.5 assists leads the Wildcats.

Louisville, 12-4 SU overall, is led by sophomore Samardo Samuels leads them with 15.5 points and 8 rebounds a game. Senior Edgar Sosa leads the Cardinals with just over 4 assists per game.

Villanova prefers a more up-tempo game while Louisville prefers to play it a bit slower. Villanova’s guard-heavy lineup causes matchup problems with their quickness. Louisville, on the other hand, is a more balanced squad and wears teams down with their 11-man rotation.

The Wildcats are 10-4 ATS this season, one of the best cover teams in the Top 25. Louisville, on the other hand, is 5-6 ATS so far. However, over the past three years or so, the Cards have been great in conference play, going 42-13-2 ATS in their last 57 conference games.

For the ’09-’10 season, the two teams are a combined 17-7 on Over bets, yet the last four in this series have all been Under the total.

HOT TRENDS:

Villanova is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as underdog of <6.5.
Villanova is 4-0 ATS last 4 Monday games.
Louisville 7-2-1 ATS in last 10 Monday games.
Louisville 20-8-1 ATS last 29 games as favorite of <6.5.
Over is 8-1 in Wildcats’ last 9 overall.
Over is 8-1 in Cardinals’ last 9 as favorite.

HEAD-TO-HEAD TRENDS:

Under is 4-0 last 4 meetings.
Wildcats 0-5 ATS last 5 meetings.

NCAA Basketball Conference Championship Odds

October 23, 2009

NCAA Basketball season is almost upon us and the conference championship odds out now.

This season’s favorite pick to win it all is the Kansas Jayhawks so it’s no surprise that they’re also the heavy favorites to win the SEC East at -875. Jayhawks fans are already clearing their schedule for the Final Four, but the Tennessee Volunteers at +400 might prove to be more than a road-bump along the way.

The ACC features last year’s championship team, the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels have another strong team and are the favorites to take the ACC at +122 while the Duke Blue Devils (+150) and Georgia Tech (+400) have the best chances for an upset.

The Big 10 and the Big East promise to have the closest battles for top spot.

In the Big 10 Michigan State (+125) and the Purdue Boilermakers (+150) are both strong teams with a legitimate chance to take the division.

The real dog-fight is in the Big East. The Villanova Wildcats (+205) are favored to take the conference, but the Connecticut Huskies, Louisville Cardinals, and West Virginia Mountaineers are all pegged at +250 to win the conference.

The Pac-10 looks to be a fight between the UCLA Bruins at +175, the California Golden Bears at +200, and the Washington Huskies at +225.

Bet the Final Four “Live” at Sportingbet

April 3, 2008

Sportingbet, the publicly traded UK-based sportsbook, is offering College Basketball Betting fans In-Game “Live” betting for the Final Four and the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game.

A feature not offered by most sportsbooks – particularly for major events like the Final Four – Sportingbet’s Live betting allows bettors to ‘watch and wager’ as the game progresses. Sportingbet is available for non-U.S. clients only.

The Final Four, the biggest betting event after the Super Bowl, gets going Saturday with the Memphis Tigers, winners of the South Region, taking on the West Region champion UCLA Bruins in the first matchup at the Alamodome in San Antonio (6:05 pm ET, CBS).

Memphis is a 2-point favorite at Sportingbet.com.

Sportingbet.com is also offering Game Total (Odd or Even) betting for the Memphis-UCLA tilt (Odd -100, Even -110).

The other Final Four game has the Midwest Champion Kansas Jayhawks taking on East Region winner North Carolina Tar Heels (8:45 pm ET, CBS).

The Tar Heels are a 3-point favorite at Sportingbet.com.

An interesting side note to this Final Four matchup is the unique NCAA Tournament history the teams share. North Carolina and Kansas faced each other in the NCAA Tournament title game 51 years ago. North Carolina won the 1957 championship 54-53 in triple overtime, and future NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, playing for Kansas, was named tournament MVP.

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