Here are eight March madness betting Sweet 16 facts that fans who bet on March madness should keep in mind.
The Michigan Wolverines have won their last seven games in a row (last regular season game, four Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament games, and two NCAA tourney games) and have gone 6-1 against the spread in those seven SU wins. The beginning of this streak more or less coincided with an incident in which Michigan’s Big Ten tournament-bound plane slid off the runway. Not exactly ‘Alive’-type stuff, but the Wolverines do seem to be playing like they got a new lease on life.
The total has gone over in eight of the Oregon Ducks last nine games. The Ducks average nearly 80 points per game, but have struggled on defense without senior forward Chris Boucher, who was averaging 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game – helping Universitas Oregonensis to rank second in the country in blocks per game – before a torn ACL ended his season.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are8-2 SU in their last 10 games but 2-7-1 ATS in that same period. sure, the ‘Neers players and coaching staff probably only care about winning – a win is a win as they say – but what about people who bet on march madness? Will somebody please think of them? After all, money does not grow on trees. Or maybe it does, what with it being made of paper, but you get the idea.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs at 23-10-1 against the spread are the hottest thing going on in March madness betting entering the Sweet 16. The Zags were a covering machine for most of the regular season but they did have a lenient schedule and little national TV exposure. With more eyes on them, Gonzaga has gone 2-4-1 against the spread in the last seven games.
To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, the Purdue Boilermakers playing a favoured team is is like an underdogs walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all. Purdue has been a dog only three times this season – against Villanova, Louisville, and Michigan – g and they not only lost but failed to cover on all three occasions. Does not fill fans who bet on March madness with confidence in the B-Makers as they prepare to face favorites Kansas Jayhawks.
And speaking of the J-Hawks, the Kansas over/under in March madness games dating back to the 1996 NCAA tournament is 9-21. The first two Jayhawks games went over, but the 62 points Kansas allowed UC Davis was the fewest they have allowed since December 22nd.
Xavier is no slouch, either; the Musketeers are 19-4-1 against the March madness betting spread in the NCAA tourney dating back to 1996.
The Wildcats (the Arizona ones of course; couldn’t possibly be the ones from Villanova, could it?) are 30-0 SU in their past 30 games as a favourite. Like Gonzaga – and Oregon and UCLA – Arizona had a pretty relaxed schedule.