Vegas Odds On March Madness 2015
March Madness is just around the corner and Bracketology 2015 has already begun. NCAAB experts and amateurs are filling in their #1 seed spots with teams like Syracuse, Arizona, Wichita State and Florida, and while the Gators are hot, they have compiled a lot of their wins against weak SEC teams, and they do have two losses. Michigan State will probably be a solid top three seed in the East bracket, and in the West bracket, San Diego State could go all the way. In the Midwest, NCAA March Madness bracket makers will probably place Wichita State or Arkansas as the #1 seeded spot, with Duke fighting Florida for the top two spots in the South bracket. March Madness odds in 2015 are certain to see some big movers after Selection Sunday, March 16, when the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament brackets are announced, two days before March Madness begins with tournament play on March 18.
About March Madness
Beginning in mid to late March each year, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament takes place. And beginning in 2014, the previously named "play-in" games go away. In their place are the new First Four games, which will include the four lowest seeded automatic qualifiers as well as the four lowest seeded at-large teams, pushing the Selection Committee to choose 68 NCAAB entrants. And though tournament play does not officially begin until more than half of the month has gone by, the entire month of March, and the end of February even, is known as March Madness because of the incredible popularity of this basketball tournament.
32 automatic bids go to those programs which win their conference tournament, as well as the Ivy League regular-season champ. The remaining 36 teams are at the mercy of the NCAA Selection Committee. Tournament venues are located across the United States, and can change from year to year. The 68 lucky ball clubs which end up competing for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship have to make it through the Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four, and are divided into 4 regions. South, West, East and Midwest regions will each be composed of 17 competing teams.
Generally somewhere in the middle of the month, the NCAA will announce its bracket selections, and then Bracketology begins across the United States and around the world in workplaces, sports bars and office pools. Selection Sunday is a pivotal day for March Madness, as the NCAA Selection Committee always makes some surprising, confusing and sometimes frustrating picks and exclusions when announcing the college teams which will be playing in one of the most watched sports tournaments in the world. The savvy gambler knows that Vegas odds on NCAA tournament top seeds do not provide much in the way of value. But when you spot a lower seeded team that is really heating up coming into tournament play, those same Vegas odds can deliver quite a payday when your underdog ends the season of a heavy favorite.
For instance, back in 1991, the heavily favored Syracuse Orangemen (#2 seed) fell to the Richmond Spiders (#15 seed) 73 to 69. That was the first time ever that such a highly seeded team got beat by a #15 seed, and the corresponding Vegas odds paid off nicely to Richmond Spiders bettors. And veteran gamblers understand that since the NCAA tournament expanded to a full 64 teams way back in 1985, a #16 seed has never beaten a #1 seed. But conversely, there have been 35 remarkable upsets in the very first round when a strong #5 seeded squad goes up against what appears to be an over-matched #12 seed. That is roughly once every three games if you're keeping score at home, and means that every year, this year included, you can find some great value in the #12 - #5 matchup of the first round.
And in the NCAA Basketball Tournament every year, the talent on stage is in many cases players which will be playing in the National Basketball Association the following year. This means that the office pool craziness which accompanies March Madness frequently finds bracket makers choosing the teams with the most talent to advance. However, don't forget that the Santa Clara Broncos were 20 point underdogs against Arizona, who was led by eventual NBA All-Star Steve Nash. The Broncs went on to win the first round matchup, only the second time that a #2 seed was bested by a #15 seed. Upsets can and do happen in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament every year. It is your job to use the Vegas odds on March Madness tournament teams and the NCAA Selection Committee's ranking of those teams to find the Richmond Spiders each year.
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Las Vegas Betting Odds For March Madness 2015
See below for the most current Las Vegas odds on NCAAB March Madness 2015.
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