March Madness bet dollars will also flow to West Virginia, New Mexico, and a host of other basketball betting Madness March teams on the board. Kentucky will face East Tennessee State in their March Madness gambling first round opener and will face the winner of the Texas/Wake Forest March Madness bet matchup.
Texas is a potentially dangerous sleeper team that was ranked at the top of the polls for the first two months of the season before faltering badly in Big 12 Conference play.
Despite “limping in” to March Madness bet action all experts would readily agree that the Longhorns have plenty of talent and ability and can beat anyone that they take the floor against.
West Virginia is the 2-seed of the East and few teams have better momentum than the Mountaineers, who just completed a win in the Big East Tournament. West Virginia is a top 10 team nationally and is peaking at the right time, which is always a good characteristic.
Another team with plenty of momentum at just the right time are the Temple Owls, who have a 5-seed and will play Cornell in the opening round. The winner will face whoever escapes the matchup between 4-seed Wisconsin and 13-seed Wofford.
Temple is coming off a most impressive win in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament while Wisconsin is a team with plenty of March Madness experience and a regular contender in the Big 10 Conference. Sleepers to keep an eye on include Marquette, New Mexico, Clemson, and Missouri.
Marquette was a surprise contender in the Big East and plays hard every game. New Mexico had a fantastic year in winning the Mountain West and has an easy first round matchup with Montana.
They will face the winner of the Clemson and Missouri matchup and then move on to a potential date with West Virginia in the Sweet 16. Kentucky would end up with a likely showdown against either Temple or Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.