Game on…! By far, this year’s college basketball regular season has been the wildest and craziest one in recent NCAAB history, but that is probably nothing compared to the volatility that is expected in the soon-to-start March Madness. Around this time last year, we were talking about Kentucky’s unbeaten season and its chance of going unbeaten for the rest of the season. This year, no team has come close to the infinitesimal shot at a perfect record like Kentucky; schools in both top and low conferences are peppered with blemishes in their records, including yours truly, the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks.
Maximizing Your Profits Betting on March Madness FuturesEssentially, this means that placing winning bets in the college basketball odds will be far from easy than ever before (has it ever been easy, by the way?) and bettors will need the best of strategies to ensure profitability in the NCAAB lines. Needless to say, there is no universal cheatbook to use in your NCAA Tournament wagers, but you can use the following college basketball betting tips to maximize your profits when betting on March Madness futures.
Avoid Skidding and Out-of-form TeamsMomentum plays an important role in the Tournament, especially in regards to motivating players about their abilities. This is the reason why most skidding teams tend to enter the Tourney with a lack of confidence, which often leads to misery in March Madness. Teams to watch in this category include Iowa and Maryland, who finished the regular-season struggling after a bright start to the season. The same fate often goes for recognized name-brands that are having a down year. Examples of big-name schools that are having a down year this season include defending National Champs Duke, Butler, Arizona, UCLA, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Gonzaga and UNLV. Be very cautious when betting on such teams, as they could easily ruin your brackets. And while you are at it, don’t forget that teams like North Carolina and Utah are also ticking time bombs, so unless you are looking to get blown apart in the craziness, stay the hell away from them, especially when the livewire Madness of March starts catching up to teams in the second round.
Avoid Low-Seeded and Overrated TeamsYes, your so-called Bracketology experts are preaching the gospel of big upsets, owing to the manner of surprising wins and defeats we’ve seen in the regular season. In part, we agree with them that this March will not be devoid of its Madness, but that does not mean you should rout for a #15 and #16 to go it deep in the Tournament, as they never win that much and won’t do it just because pundits are saying that it’s a wide-open market.To understand what we’re talking about, here is a look at the last 10 Final Four teams with their respective seeds:
- 2015—#1 Kentucky, #1 Wisconsin, #7 Michigan State, #1 Duke
- 2014—#1 Florida, #7 Connecticut, #2 Wisconsin, #8 Kentucky
- 2013—#1 Louisville, #4 Syracuse, #4 Michigan, #9 Wichita State
- 2012—#1 Kentucky, #2 Kansas, #2 Ohio State, #4 Louisville
- 2011—#3Connecticut, #4 Kentucky, #8 Butler, #11 VCU
- 2010—#1 Duke, #2 West Virginia, #5 Butler, #5 Michigan State
- 2009—#1 North Carolina, #1 Connecticut, #2 Michigan State, #3 Villanova
- 2008—#1 Kansas, #1 Memphis, #1 North Carolina, #1 UCLA
- 2007—#1 Florida, #1 Ohio State, #2 Georgetown, #2 UCLA
- 2006—#2 UCLA, #3 Florida, #4 LSU, #11 George Mason