How to Bet the First Round of March MadnessWhether you are a veteran with exhaustive knowledge about March Madness, or you are one of the many new faces that are expected to break the duck of betting in the NCAAB lines for heck of it, there’s no doubt that you’ll need a bit (or a lot) of help to bet your way successfully into the NCAA Tournament. And fortunately for you, our March Madness Betting Bible, specially prepared for you below, offers more than enough help to make the right wagers in the first round of this media-frenzied Tourney.
Best Customers for Upset PicksTypically, the first round of the Tournament is known for its reputation to deliver the most upsets. The following are some of the teams you should consider on your priority list of potential upsets this week.
- First-timers: Experience counts a lot in the March, a key reason why perennial March Madness contestants tend to have more success. You should thus be careful about teams that are making their first appearance in the Big Dance, as the lack of experience to handle the nerves and pressure of the Tourney often works against them.
- Teams Coming off Long NCAA Tournament Droughts: Like the first-timers, teams coming off extended droughts (like Yale who are making their first appearance since 1962) have a strong potential to become letdowns. For this category of teams, reaching the Tourney is already a big deal, so they are likely to feel accomplished whether or not they win in the first round.
- Bubble Teams: The same story of laying an egg in the first round goes for mid-majors and small conference teams that sneaked their way into the Tournament as Cinderellas, probably on the basis of some upset in the Conference Championship games or some late-season run that came courtesy of some opponent’s mistakes down the stretch of the regular season. Yes, I am talking about those teams that weren’t sure of what would happen on Selection Sunday and had to gather at the center of their court or in the locker room and to know if they made the Tournament or not, and probably celebrated wildly when they heard that they made the cut.