MARCH MADNESS BETTING 2009
The mini-Madness is over, as Championship week delivered up tons of
drama and entertainment for sports bettors…and now the bracket has
been set and we march on to the full-meal deal…let the real Madness
What to make of North Carolina?
No. 1 has been a tenuous position atop the polls all year and the
Tar Heels demonstrated this again last week, when they were dumped
by Florida State in the ACC semi-finals…they were beat 73-70,
failing to cover as 8.5-point favorites.
Bettors actually made out okay in this tilt, as the No. 1 team in
the nation was only getting 54% of the betting action at online
sportsbook SPORTSBETTING.COM by tip-off. It appears many had this
one handicapped right, feeling that was too many points to lay.
8.5-point underdog Ohio State defeated Michigan State by a final of
82-70 in the Big Ten semifinal but they couldn’t withstand Purdue in
the title game losing 65-61.
However, both were given invites to the Big Dance with OSU going to
Indy to play Siena in Midwest region action and FSU headed to Boston
to play Wisconsin in the East.
Ohio State is listed at +1500 to advance from the Midwest to the
Final Four while Florida State is listed at +1200 to do the same
from the East.
With 64 spots in the tournament, there is still one spot up for
grabs. The Alabama State Hornets and Morehead State Eagles will vie
for the last berth on St. Patrick’s Day. The winner goes dancing the
loser goes…well who cares.
The winner of this “play-in” game will then have a two-day respite
before getting steamrolled in their first tournament game on Friday
But Thursday is the big day, when everything gets rolling.
Sure, the Tar Heels were dumped by the FSU in the Championship
tourney, but North Carolina are still the odds-on to make it to the
Final Four from the South Region at -150 and also to win the
Championship, with odds at +300.
SPORTSBETTING.COM reported steady early action flowing in on NC to
win the South Region, but bettors have been less enthusiastic so far
on the Tar Heels to win it all. Perhaps the visions of them dropping
that game to the Seminoles is still fresh.
They are still the favorites to cut the nets down on April 6th in
Detroit, but the wagering action at the top has been evenly split
between them, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut.
Just a heads up, while the Tar Heels were hot down the stretch going
16-4 straight up in their last 20 games, they were far from
profitable for their backers, as they limped to a 7-13 mark against
North Carolina was the only ACC team to be seeded No. 1, in fact,
the Big East was representing as Pitt, UConn and Louisville were the
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