Which Underdogs Could Make a Run at March Madness? Which Favorites have Best Odds?
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Who are you going to pick in your March Madness bracket this year?
Will you take a flyer on Siena (if the team gets through the MAAC Tournament) in the First Round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament?
Now, I cannot advise you to take the Saints all the way through to the Final Four, although you would most certainly get astronomical odds with any of the Empire State sportsbooks if you did. But I might be able to point you in the right direction with some of the other teams that are locks to be high seeds when the bracket is announced during the Selection Sunday program on March 14.
Of course, all the attention is on the top lines of the bracket, where Gonzaga and Baylor, along with Michigan, look set to be locked in as top seeds. The three teams have combined to lose one game so far in the 2020-21 season, and are the three teams right now with odds under 10/1 (+1000) to win the national championship.
Baylor and Gonzaga both have odds around +275 at BetMGM Sports Book, while the Wolverines’ betting odds are between +500 and +700 (not a bad bet right there.
But who will be the other top seed? Will the committee reward the Big Ten, which has four teams in the top 10 of the rankings (and three in the top five)? Could Florida State or Villanova get there with wins in their respective tournaments?
Those last two teams are interesting plays in the future betting right now. The Wildcats, who won the 2016 and 2018 titles, have odds around +1500, while the Seminoles are +2500 and falling quickly.
Looking for a couple of under the radar teams right now? How about the Boise State Broncos, who came into the week at 18-4 and leading the Mountain West Conference. Belmont (24-1) and Winthrop (18-1) have two losses combined, and could prove to be serious trouble for the teams that draw them in the First Round of the tournament.
All three of those teams could be double digit seeds that might have some decent odds in their first games, and should be teams you should try to find right away before the lines move.
With two and a half weeks of the season left before the seeds are announced, there will be movement up and down the bracket every day on the Bracketology.
But one thing is for sure: after the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus, this edition might be the most watched, and certainly the most wagered on, tournament in history.
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