March Madness Betting Trends Never End!
With the start of the 2018 NCAA Men’s National Championship tournament just days away, college hoops bettors across the globe are looking for as much expert betting and statistical analysis as possible. Thankfully, that’s where I come in with some March Madness betting trends that apparently, never end. The 10 tantalizing March Madness trends that you’re about to get will give you some ‘trendy’ insight that could help you cash in over the entirety of the 2018 NCAA championship tournament.
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Love Those 76ers
While I do hail, from Philadelphia and I definitely yearn for those days when Julius ‘Dr. J.’ Erving was routinely making ‘house calls’ on Philadelphia 76ers opponents, I’m not talking about those 76ers.
No, what I’m talking about is the fact that 76 percent of all NCAA Tournament upsets have been pulled off by 10, 11 or 12 seeds. At least two double-digit seeds have reached the Sweet Sixteen in 16 of the last 20 years while 7 teams seeded 7th or lower have reached the Final Four since 2011. Of course, here’s the fact that lower seeds bring back a sweet return as underdogs.
Stop…Please, Just Stop!
If you’re one of the March Madness bettors that keep thinking this will be the year when a No. 1 seed fall in its opening contest, stop…please, just stop! No. 1 seeds are 128-0 against No. 16 seeds are 0-128 all-time against No. 1s.
And the Last Shall Be First!
Like every sports betting enthusiast, we’re all looking for value and we’d all love to find it with an underdog. While that’s not always possible, you should know that First Four underdogs offer way more value that might be expected from a team that barely got into the NCAA Tournament. A First Four team has reached the round of 32 in all six years since the current format was created and at least one been to the Sweet 16 in three of the last six years. Amazing!
Double-Edged Swords Rule!
What’s better than a team that plays great offense like Villanova? Sure, you’re probably thinking…’Ha, a team that plays great defense like Virginia.’ While mastering one end of the floor certainly isn’t a bad thing, the fact of the matter is that there’s nothing better than a team that is elite at both ends of the floor! Did you know that 13 of the last 14 national champions have ranked inside the top 20 in both, offensive and defensive efficiency? The only school that didn’t be Kevin Ollie’s 2014 UConn team that ranked 39th in defensive efficiency that year. This season, four teams in the NCAA Tournament are ranked inside the top 20 at both ends of the floor. Villanova, Wichita State, Gonzaga, and Kentucky. Who knew, right?
The Dean’s List!
Oh, the legendary Dean Smith would be oh, so, proud of his younger coaching brethren. Coaches that have been to the Final Four before have won an astounding15 of the last 17 national championships and 24 of the last 29 March Madness title overall.
My Favorite Child!
Parents say they love all their children equally, but the fact of the matter is that we all probably have a ‘secret’ favorite – and speaking of favorites, you should know that one of the top four overall seeds has won seven of the last 10 national championships and 12 of the last 18. While these elite, No. 1 seeds may not be offering a big return because of their status, they’re a virtual lock to reach the Final Four with at least one No. 1 reaching the Final Four every year except on three occasions (1980, 2006 and 2011).
Just the Facts!
If you’re old enough to remember ‘Dragnet’ then you know, it’s ‘Just the facts’ ma’am! If a team loses its opening game in its conference championship tournament, then you can count them out from winning the national championship. Not a single team that has ever lost in the first round of its conference tournament has ever gone on to bounce back and win the national championship!
As the late, great Jim Neighbors once routinely said, ‘Well…Golly!’ At least one of those dreaded No. 12 seeds have managed to beat their No. 5 seed counterparts in 25 of the past 28 years. No. 12 seeds have won half of the 20 matchups that have taken place against No. 5 seeds in the last five years alone! Again, well, golly!
See…What Happened Was…
See…what happened was….Can you believe it’s been a whopping 18 years since a team hailing from the Big Ten has won the national title since 2000 (Michigan State)? The Pac-12 hasn’t won a title since Arizona won it all for Lute Olson back in 1997.
No wonder everyone loves McDonald’s. An astounding 35 of the last 37 national champions have had at least one McDonald’s high school All-American on their roster. Maryland (2002) and UConn (2014) were the only two teams in the span that didn’t!