And it begins.
The pilgramage of college basketball fanatics to Sin City is on.
There is only one guarantee: Madness will happen. To capitalize on it is the challenge.
At first glance, some deserving teams are being shown no love from the sports books across the desert. Dayton, for example, has had its hiccups late in the season. However, 100-to-1 odds in such a wide-open season seems too generous.
In five short weeks, Oregon has gone from unranked to a one seed. Between Bill Walton’s drumming of the glockenspiel and the West Coast time zone, the seriousness of the Ducks was drowned out to a national audience. Now they’re 15/1 to win the entire thing. Most books have them as the 6th favorite in line to win a national championship.
But we remember the glockenspiel. We remember watching this team and hearing about their deficiencies — ranked outside the top 5o in effective defense, a point guard you cannot name, and a wildly athletic yet still raw and super thin (6-10, 190 lbs) center in Chris Boucher.
What we’re saying is that Saint Joseph’s at 200/1 to win a championship, as is Cincinatti at 100/1, because those teams look a lot like Oregon. Whatever team wins the 8-9 matchup will likely take on the ducks. The Cincy Bearcats especially resemble the Ducks, as they appear to have four or five small forwards who get playing time. For Saint Joe’s we have a whole lot more to tell you about star De’andre Bembry. Click here.
If Oregon plays anything like the glockenspiel game, you guys will be in business with those odds.
Some other odds that caught our attention was Providence at 200/1 with one of America’s best players, Wichita State at 75/1 with their experience, and Stephen F. Austin for an absolute haymaker for 500/1. If the Lumberjacks get past West Virginia, they could grab momentum in a sweet spot of the bracket. Plus, this system at Stephen F. performed well against so-called “Havoc” two years ago as they beat VCU. West Virginia’s press shouldn’t be a knockout punch.
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