March Madness bet fans saw Connecticut, North Carolina, Michigan State, and Villanova make the Final Four in 2009 and emerge as solid bet March Madness contenders for 2010. The Villanova Wildcats began the New Year ranked 8th nationally as they are one of the March Madness bet favorites for 2010.
Villanova was 12-1 straight up and 9-3 against the spread. Villanova has one of the top offenses in the nation and that is ultimately what makes them a leading bet March Madness threat. Their defense, on the other hand, could be a March Madness betting liability.
Michigan State is a perennial March Madness bet favorite for Final Four action. The Spartans began 2010 ranked 11th in the nation and a “safe” March Madness bet. Michigan State had a record of 11-3 straight up and 4-9 against the spread.
Much like Villanova, Michigan State’s March Madness bet strength would be its offense while its defense has been very inconsistent entering Big Ten Conference play. North Carolina is another traditional March Madness bet favorite. The Tar Heels entered 2010 ranked 9th in the nation.
North Carolina was the March Madness bet National Champion from last year. A point of concern this year is North Carolina’s defense, which was one of the worst in the nation. The Tar Heels do have, however, one of the top ranked offenses in the country.
North Carolina began 2010 with a record of 11-3 straight up and 5-7 against the spread. The Connecticut Huskies are another traditional March Madness bet power and began 2010 ranked 10th in the nation. Connecticut had a record of 10-3 straight up and 4-7 against the spread.
Connecticut would be the most balanced of last year’s Final Four teams as they are solid, though not spectacular or dominating, on both ends of the court. When it comes to college basketball last year’s Final Four proved to be teams that were here to stay rather than one hit wonders.