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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.


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.

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.

Bettors backing Penn State in Big Ten showdown

October 21, 2008

NCAA Football Bettors like the No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions to remain undefeated when they visit the No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes in a battle of Big Ten Conference rivals Saturday night (8 pm ET, ABC).

Undefeated Penn State is a 2½-point favorite at Sportsbooks, and Public Betting information indicates 64 per cent of bettors are backing Penn State.

The Buckeyes have the edge head-to-head, as they have gone 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS over the past 10 meetings. The teams last squared off on Oct. 27 last season, when Ohio State blew away Penn State 37-17 as 3-point favorites. The score went well over the over/under total of 40.

Both teams have been red-hot, with Penn State winning eight straight to remain unbeaten and Ohio State winning the past five straight.

In their last action, the Nittany Lions (8-0 SU, 5-1-1 ATS, 4-0 Big Ten) beat the Michigan Wolverines 46-17 on Saturday. Penn State failed to cover the 2-point spread and the score went over the total of 48.

The Buckeyes (7-1 SU, 2-5 ATS, 4-0 Big Ten) bombed the Michigan State Spartans 45-7. The Buckeyes covered the 3-point spread while the score went over the total of 42.5.

WR Brett Brackett (head), RB Brent Carter (knee) and T Ako Poti (knee) are listed as questionable for Penn State. DE Lawrence Wilson (knee), RB Daniel Herron (concussion), and WR Dane Sanzenbache (concussion) are also questionable for Ohio State.

Penn State is 0-5 SU and ATS in the past five meetings at Ohio State. Penn State is 1-5 SU in the past six meetings and 4-9 ATS in its past 13 meetings. The total has gone under in four of the past six meetings.

NCAA College Football Picks: Ohio State at USC

September 9, 2008

Two top five NCAA Football teams collide this weekend when the No. 5-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes visit the No. 1 USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on On Saturday night (8 pm ET, ABC).

The Trojans are a 10-point favorite at, a recommended sports betting website.

Ohio State (2-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) beat state-rival Ohio Bobcats 26-14 last week, failing to cover the 34.5-point spread. The score went under the total of 47.

The unimpressive win over the unranked Bobcats dropped Ohio State from third to fifth in the polls.

SoCal (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) had a bye last week. In Week 1, the Trojans hammered Virginia 52-7, easily covering the 20.5-point spread.

On the injury front, Buckeyes’ running back Chris Wells (right foot), safety Jamario O’Neal (served two-game suspension) and defensive back Donald Washington (served two-game suspension) are all listed as probable for Saturday’s game. Guard Kyle Mitchum (sprained left foot) is out indefinitely.

For the Trojans, linebacker Luthur Brown (sore back) is probable for Saturday’s game, while wide receiver Vidal Hazelton (ankle) and linebacker Michael Morgan (shoulder) are both questionable. Linebacker Chris Galippo (back) is expected to miss the game, and center Michael Reardon (right hip) is out indefinitely.

Pick: USC

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