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March Madness Betting - Let the Madness Begin for 2011

March Madness betting is often thought of in terms of the NCAA Tournament in which gamblers will now have their choice of 68 teams to bet March Madness action with for 2011.
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March Madness betting is not just about the “Big Dance” however as the madness includes conference tournaments and the NIT to add to the overall bet March Madness excitement.

March Madness Betting
March Madness Gambling Butler Converting Believers

March Madness betting skepticism was high for the prospects of the Butler Bulldogs as they entered the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as an underdog.

March Madness Gambling Surprises on Road to Final

March Madness betting was very unconventional this year and that has maintained a pattern over the past 5 years in which there have been plenty of surprises.

March Madness Gambling UConn Back to Prominence

March Madness betting and the Connecticut Huskies are synonymous with championships and excellence as UConn has been the national champion in 1999 and 2004.

March Madness Gambling UConn vs. Butler Monday Night

March Madness betting comes down to the last dance of the Big Dance as Butler will meet Connecticut in the March Madness bet National Championship Game.

The conference tournaments that begin in earnest the first weekend of March take on added meaning because teams that did not have a good regular season are given a second chance in those conference tournaments in which they can catch fire for 2, 3, or 4 games and end up stealing a bid for the NCAA Tournament.

This is especially true in the “mid-major” conferences where the regular season champion is often left out in the cold if they lose their conference tournament to an upstart.

Conference tournament action also features the March Madness gambling factor of potential seeding issues, both up and down, as a great team from the regular season can have their “Big Dance” seeding ruined with an early round loss in the conference tournament while other teams can improve their NCAA Tournament seeding with a strong run in their conference tournaments.

Much like college football bowl handicapping the conference tournaments have big motivational intangibles that must be evaluated as regular season conference champions are often far less motivated than their more desperate opponents.

Of course the NCAA Tournament is the big event for handicappers betting the March Madness odds.  This year it has been expanded from 64 to 68 teams and of course it will all come down to the Final Four on April 2 with the championship game on April 4.

Action for the “Big Dance” begins March 15&16 with the “First Four” and then the 64 team brackets get into full swing on March 17&18.  Houston’s Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL Houston Texans, will host the Final Four.

Beyond the NCAA and conference tournaments the National Invitational Tournament will also take place and is comprised of the near miss teams that did not make the “Big Dance.”

All in all there is a nonstop barrage of March Madness betting action available at Sports Gambling so be sure and open your account for side, total, and futures odds action on college basketball’s greatest month and one of the great world class sports wagering events of the entire year.