Underdogs that May Surprise Bettors this March Madness

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on February 19, 2016 in

With the NCAA Tournament upcoming, it’s time to look ahead and the teams that may be playing in it. We have all read about the best teams in the country, and the favorites to win the tournament. This time, let’s look at some underdogs that may surprise bettors on this March Madness online spread.

Underdogs that May Surprise Bettors this March Madness




We do not hear much about the Longhorns, but they are a legitimate threat to win some games in March. The Longhorns are 17-9 on the season and 8-5 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns are going to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 – which is one of the best conferences in all of college basketball. Texas is coming off a great win over West Virginia, and has games against Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas remaining. While it’s not a guarantee Shaka Smart’s team will get in the tournament, they should, and when they do – look out. They are an underdog that may surprise bettors this March Madness!

Miami Hurricanes

Why are we not hearing much about the Miami Hurricanes? As winners of five straight games, the Hurricanes from South Beach are 21-4 overall and 10-3 in conference play. The Hurricanes have the offense that can win games, and their defense has been fantastic. Miami has a tough remainder to their Atlantic Coast Conference season, but they are a lock to get into the tournament. With strong play, the Hurricanes could be a top seed, or a 2. Many will count them out, but they could surprise.

Dayton Flyers

Archie Miller and his Dayton Flyers are coming off a loss to St. Joseph, but with just four losses on the season, they could be a major threat. The Atlantic Ten is good, folks. St. Joseph, Dayton and VCU are all scary teams to run into during the tournament. The athleticism of the Dayton Flyers makes them an underdog team that could surprise bettors in March Madness.

Illinois State Redbirds

Now this team comes with a clause. The Illinois State Redbirds HAVE to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Redbirds are 17-11 and 11-4 in conference play. Even if they win their final 3 games, they still will fall short for a tournament bid. This team has already downed Wichita State, and boy they can really play. If the Redbirds get to the big dance, they will be a team to reckon with!

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Valparaiso Crusaders

Bryce Drew, the best NCAA Tournament player in program history is the head coach. Alec Peters is having a monster season, and will be tough to defend come March Madness. Valparaiso is 22-5 on the season, and leads the Horizon Conference.

There are five underdogs that may surprise bettors this March Madness season!