Bet March Madness handicappers see an improved Horizon League for 2011 and a field that is wide open with several potential March Madness gambling threats to make for a great gambling challenge.
The Horizon League tournament will take place March 1-8 and is played on campus sites based on the regular season standings and seedings. While Butler is the best known team in the Horizon League they may well prove to not be the favorite or even the regular season champion as the league is far deeper with bona fide contenders compared to the past few seasons.
Cleveland State was leading the Horizon League with a record of 23-7 straight up including 12-5 in league action. Cleveland State was 13-11-2 against the spread and was tied with Butler for the top spot in the standings.
Butler has had the challenge of being a target after their success last year with the March Madness odds but they have improved as of late and had a record of 20-9 straight up and 12-5 in league play. Butler was 13-12-2 against the spread and had a tough non-conference schedule that served to prepare them well for conference action and the post season to follow.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a team that is on the rise and could be a threat to win the Horizon Tournament. Wisconsin-Milwaukee had a record of 17-12 straight up and was also 12-5 in Horizon League action. Wisconsin-Milwaukee was a decent board value with a record of 16-13 against the spread.
Valparaiso has had their share of basketball betting Madness March success in recent years and can certainly steal a spot for the “Big Dance” with a strong showing in the Horizon Tournament. Valpo was 20-10 straight up and 11-6 in the conference standings while going 15-13 against the spread.
Wright State and Detroit are two other potential sleeper candidates in the Horizon League Tournament. They were both 10-8 in league play whole Wright State was 20-10 straight up overall with Detroit at 16-15 straight up.
Butler’s bet March Madness success has served to make the entire league much more competitive and with better quality top to bottom.