With March Madness rapidly approaching it’s time to dig into the college basketball trends, teams, and news that will help you prepare to pick the perfect March Madness bracket.
Five College Basketball Betting Predictions
Florida will Go Further than Kentucky in the Madness
At the beginning of the season we thought the SEC’s top two teams would be Kentucky and Florida, but not in that order. The Wildcats have struggled with six losses overall including three to teams ranked outside the Top 50. While you can never count out John Calipari, this Casey Prather led Gators team means business and may well win their way through the SEC tournament and into the late rounds of the Madness. Sportsbooks are also backing this up, with TopBet posting NCAA Basketball Championship odds for Florida far above Kentucky.
Saint Louis will Make the Final Four
Saint Louis is playing their best ball of the year and has grabbed their first Top 10 ranking in almost 50 years. Having recently beaten their toughest competition in the Atlantic 10, VCU, the Billikens have all the pieces they need to roll through their conference tournament and deep into the Madness. They field one of the best defenses in college hoops, (58.9 points allowed per game), they have a balanced attack, and they are red hot.
The Jayhawks Will Win the Big 12 Championship
As we round the corner towards the end of the 2013-2014 season, Kansas has emerged as the top threat in college basketball’s most competitive conference: the Big 12. If and when the Wildcats prove they are comfortable in big time elimination games like the ones they’ll play in the Big 12 Championship, they’ll be in a great position to make a deep run.
UCLA will Fade Away
UCLA has played well in the second half, but are still struggling to live up to the hype under new coach Steve Alford. While they will safely qualify for the Madness even if they don’t come out on top in the Pac-12 Championship, UCLA’s quixotic mix of poor defense and a hot-handed offense is exactly the kind that can go cold in a single-elimination tournament.
Michigan State Will Surprise
Michigan State could be easy to overlook as they have lurked outside the top 10 in the rankings while star Branden Dawson is out with a broken hand. That said, the Spartans expect to have Dawson, who has averaged 10.2 PPG and 8.7 RPG this season, back for March Madness and he could singlehandedly carry them later into the dance than many had expected. The Spartans rank 15th in BPI without Dawson, but with him they are a much more impressive 4th.
What do you think of our March Madness predictions? Who do you think will win the title? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Bryan Sheridan