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March Madness 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview
2017 March Madness Betting
One of the best times of the year is March Madness and now we get to the Final Four, followed by the NCAA Championship game. Odds will be on the board for every game and not only are the individual game odds available at BetDSI, but you can also bet futures, moneylines, halftime lines, props and more. It truly is March Madness when it comes to college basketball betting on the NCAA Tournament.
Odds to Win 2017 NCAA Tournament
- North Carolina 7-5
- Gonzaga 8-5
- Oregon 5-1
- South Carolina 7-1
2017 March Madness Schedule
Final Four & Championship
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
Saturday, April 1
#7 South Carolina vs. #1 Gonzaga – 6:09 pm Eastern (CBS)
#3 Oregon vs. #1 North Carolina – 8:49 pm Eastern (CBS)
Final Four Preview
The first game on Saturday is a battle between Final Four newcomers, as South Carolina takes on Gonzaga. No one had the Gamecocks making it this far but they have played great defense and gotten strong play from Sindarius Thornwell who had 26 points in the win over Florida.
Gonzaga is a number one seed, so they are no surprise in the Final Four, although many people thought they would blow it again. The Bulldogs have had the easiest road to the Final Four but they did finally play well in their win over Xavier. Gonzaga has a good inside-outside combination in Nigel Williams-Goss and Przemek Karnoski so they do have the edge in offense over the Gamecocks.
Gonzaga is listed as a 6.5-point favorite in this game with the total at 138.5
The late game on Saturday has the Tar Heels favored against the Ducks. The Ducks made the Final Four back in 1939 although it really wasn’t a Final Four as only eight teams even made the tourney. The Ducks upset Kansas to reach the Final Four, as Tyler Dorsey exploded, while Jordan Bell blocked eight shots.
North Carolina is the one team everyone expected to make the Final Four and they delivered, although it has not been easy. They had to come from behind to beat Arkansas and Kentucky. The Tar Heels have looked beatable but so far their superior talent has won out. They need Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II to start shooting the ball better if they are to get past the Ducks.
North Carolina is a 5-point favorite with the total at 151.5
NCAA Championship – Monday, April 3
March Madness Odds
March Madness odds give gamblers the chance to bet both sides and totals in addition to first halves, halftimes, parlays, teasers, props, etc. Most people start by betting the sides and totals. The good news when considering March Madness odds is that you have a wide variety of choices. If you want to bet a team that is favored you may want to do so just after the line is released since the public loves favorites. If you want to bet an underdog, you might want to wait until close to game time as the odds may go up.
Those extra half points and full points can be huge when you are looking at the March Madness betting line. How many times during the season did you lose a game by a half point or a single point? It can happen as you consider games in the NCAA Tournament. During March Madness there are going to be times when getting the best line on a game turns a loss into a win or turns a tie into a win. You may also turn a loss into a tie. Each one of these is huge to your bottom line.
Getting the best possible number is critical if you want to make money. You should always take the time to analyze the sides and totals on the March Madness betting line. This applies to totals just as it does to sides, as totals will actually move much more.
March Madness odds are just like other basketball odds in that you are wagering on one team or another against the pointspread. For example, let’s say that North Carolina was playing Duke. If one gambler bets on Duke at +3, they risk the standard $110 to win $100. Another gambler takes North Carolina at -3 for the same $110 to win $100. The sportsbook makes $10 regardless of who wins the game as long as Duke doesn’t win by exactly 3 points.
March Madness Betting Stats
Largest spread: 46.5 (#1 Duke vs. #16 Florida A&M, 1999)
Largest cover: 38.5 points (#5 VCU vs. #12 Akron, 2013)
Largest upset: +21 (#15 Norfolk State vs. #2 Missouri, 2012)
Lowest total: 110 (#4 Southern Illinois vs. #13 Holy Cross, 2007)
Highest total: 168.5 (#5 Tennessee vs. #12 Long Beach State, 2007)
Over/Under total record: 281-319-8
March Madness Myths
March Madness betting myths are often hard to put to rest. When the lines are released many people have a preconceived notion of certain things. One myth is that the favorites always cover in the Final Four. They are actually about .500 over the past few years. You have to remember that as the tournament progresses the oddsmakers do a better job, so the lines on the Final Four are usually pretty solid.
Another myth that many people believe in regards to March Madness betting lines is that the sportsbook is trying to attract an equal amount of money on both sides. That is not really true. The sportsbook wants money on the losing side of the game and usually that is the team the public is betting on.
March Madness Trends
If you are looking at March Madness betting lines in terms of favorites and underdogs you should know that underdogs overall are profitable. This does not mean you can blindly take them all and expect to make a lot of cash but taking the points is the way to go.
The small favorites really struggle against number. If a team is laying less than four points they are very poor against spread. The mid-range big favorites are also very poor against the number. Teams laying 8-14 points are below 40% against the March Madness odds.
You should also keep in mind that the straight up winners of games usually cover the spread. This tells you two things. It says that if you are considering taking an underdog versus the betting line then you should also take them on the money line. If you are betting favorites then you want to lay the points and not play the money line. Straight up winners cover about 75% of the time in the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA March Madness History & Trends
NCAA March Madness history and trends are interesting to consider as, there are a number of trends that you can look at in NCAA March Madness history that can help you pick more winners.
NCAA March Madness history begins by looking at the seeds and how they have performed through the years. NCAA March Madness history shows that number one seeds have never lost in the first round going 128-0. Number two seeds in NCAA March Madness history have gone 120-8 in the first round, while number three seeds have gone 107-21 in the first round. The number four seeds have also been tough going 102-25. The numbers drop when it gets to the 5th seed in NCAA March Madness history. The #5 seeds are 99-49, while the #6 seeds are 96-52. The #7 seeds are 92-60 while the 8th seeds are 80-72. All of the previous numbers are straight up.
NCAA March Madness history is also important to consider in other rounds. The second round has seen #1 seeds win almost 90% of the time. #2 seeds are not nearly as successful winning just over 70% of the time. The Sweet Sixteen round of March Madness betting also has interesting trends. The #1 seeds do pretty well as do the #2 seeds. Surprisingly the #6 seeds have done better than the #5 seeds in Sweet Sixteen NCAA March Madness history.
March Madness betting for many people really picks up in the Final Four. As you look at office pools you should know that most of the time at least one top seed in NCAA March Madness history and perhaps two #1 seeds will reach the Final Four.
March Madness Tips
March Madness odds give you a variety of things to consider. There are many statistics to look at when you analyze the March Madness betting line, but some of the most important ones are field goal percentage, points allowed, rebounds, turnovers, and ATS numbers.
There are not nearly as many trends to look at when it comes to ATS numbers but there are a few important ones to consider as you look at March Madness odds. You want to look at the home/away breakdown and also look at current form. A team on a hot ATS roll is definitely a team worth considering. Teams that come into the tournament on a losing streak against the spread are not ones you want to look at too often. Also remember that on the March Madness betting line all of the teams are technically playing on the road.
Intangibles are also important to consider when betting the NCAA Tournament. When we talk about intangibles it can mean many things. It can be a coaching edge, an injury, a conference advantage, etc. This is one of those categories that really take into account a lot of information as you consider March Madness odds. It can concentrate on what a coach or player said about an upcoming game, an injury to a key player, or a situation that comes up at the last minute.
Some handicappers that look at March Madness odds focus entirely on the betting line and nothing else. When they see a line edge on a game they bet it, period. Nothing else matters to them except the number. They believe that the numbers they come up with on the games are better than the oddsmaker’s March Madness odds and they bet accordingly. This involves coming up with your own power ratings or using someone else’s as you consider the line.
March Madness betting appeals to people from all over the world for many reasons and one of those reasons is the Cinderella factor. Part of the thrill of March Madness betting is the fact that a Cinderella team nearly always emerges and a giant nearly always stumbles. This factor is important to remember as you look at the NCAA Tournament this season.
A key to March Madness betting is to try and locate the Cinderella team before everyone else does. And that is not an easy task but that’s the skill that really separates the true experts and winners from the public. Things to look for when trying to locate a sleeper team in the March Madness bracket are its coach, its history, and its recent play.
An excellent coach can often produce a championship run without the greatest talent. If a coach has a solid history of success but maybe didn’t have the greatest regular season, they are still worth a look in March Madness betting if they are playing good and with momentum at the right time before the NCAA Tournament. Conversely, you do not want to take a team that may have gotten hot, or lucky, and have a coach who has no track record of reliability in the tournament.
It is important during March Madness to keep an open mind and not fall in love with any team. You must keep a level head and do a thorough examination and, in fact, look for reasons to go against your first reaction. It is important to examine all sides of a team, as that is how you find the surprise team before everyone else does.
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