March Madness: It's Almost Tournament Time

March Madness: It's Almost Tournament Time

With Selection Sunday approaching we get ready to examine the college basketball landscape. On March 17, 2019 the selection committee will designate the 68 teams that will make the cut as the bracket is created. It is a favorite time for sports fans to get together, watch games, and enjoy one of the best times of the year in sports, March Madness!


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Dangerous Teams


One of the driving factors that make the tournament so interesting is the fact that it is very unpredictable, but one of the teams that everyone expects to make a run at this year’s NCAA college basketball tournament is Duke…


Duke is a perennial powerhouse in college basketball, but this year’s team is something special. Just last week they survived a 23-point second half deficit to come back and beat Louisville as they continue to surprise basketball fans everywhere. Mike Krzyzewski did a phenomenal job recruiting over the offseason getting players like Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish to commit to Duke University’s basketball program. The power forward Zion Williamson stands out to say the least. He is a 6’7” 285 lb. freshman complete with speed, power, and an unbelievable jumping ability. He is truly a man playing amongst boys, and he will most likely be the first overall NBA draft pick in this upcoming NBA draft.


Gonzaga is currently sitting in the number 2 spot as they quietly continue to once again dominate the West Coast Conference. It seems that every year Gonzaga seems to remain under the radar during the regular season, and then they become one of the favorites in the bracket come tournament time. Last year they ended March Madness with a loss to #9 Florida State in the sweet sixteen, and in 2017 they disappointingly lost to North Carolina in the National Championship Game to finish the season as the runner up in the tournament. Look for Gonzaga led by head coach Mark Few to make some noise this March.


Other Contenders


#4 Kentucky and #5 Tennessee are two other heavyweights in the current NCAA men’s basketball forum. These two teams faced off against each other this past Saturday in Rupp Arena. Kentucky led by guards Jordan Bone, Admiral Schofield, and forward Grant Williams (who all scored just under 20 points) handily beat Tennessee over the weekend. Look forward to these two SEC rivals to be powerful opponents during the upcoming college basketball playoffs.


Other notable squads, we should pay attention to come March include:



  • Virginia

  • Nevada

  • Michigan

  • North Carolina

  • Houston

  • Michigan State

  • Marquette

  • Kansas

  • LSU

  • Texas Tech

  • Purdue

  • Florida State

  • Villanova

  • Louisville


Odds to Win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship


As of February 18, 2019, the NCAA Men’s Tournament odds according to Sportsbetting.ag are as follows:












































































































































































































































































































1 Duke  +200
7 Gonzaga +700
8 Virginia +700
4 Kentucky +800
16 Tennessee  +1000
9 Michigan +1200
6 Michigan State +1400
19 Nevada +1600
5 North Carolina +1800
2 Villanova +2000
3 Kansas +2500
46 Marquette +2500
60 Iowa State +3300
15 Purdue +3300
41 Virginia Tech +3300
49 Wisconsin +3300
50 Houston +4000
52 Iowa +4000
32 Louisville +4000
31 LSU +4000
50 Buffalo +5000
47 Kansas State +5000
23 Maryland +5000
36 St. John's +5000
17 Texas Tech +5000
48 Washington +5000
28 Baylor +6600
21 Cincinnati +6600
30 Florida State +6600
43 Arizona +10000
20 Arizona State +10000
11 Auburn +10000
54 Davidson +10000
64 Georgetown +10000
44 Indiana +10000
59 Minnesota +10000
33 Mississippi State +10000
35 NC State +10000
38 Syracuse +10000
61 Temple +10000
22 Clemson +15000
14 Florida +15000
45 Loyola Chicago +15000
26 Ohio State +15000
55 Oklahoma +15000
10 Oregon +15000
37 TCU +15000
39 Texas +15000
12 UCLA +15000
63 VA Commonwealth +15000
18 Wichita State +15000
29 Butler +25000
57 Mississippi +25000
62 Nebraska +25000
65 Oregon State +25000
35 Seton Hall +25000
13 West Virginia +25000
42 Xavier +25000
58 San Francisco +50000


 



 



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