March Madness betting and North Carolina basketball are a grand tradition that go hand in hand together. But in 2010 that tradition with the March Madness odds is in jeopardy. North Carolina has stumbled out of the gate for the 2009-10 college basketball season and is now a highly questionable March Madness betting commodity that may end up in the NIT instead of being on the March Madness odds board for the “Big Dance.”
Those who bet on March Madness have been stunned at the sloppy play of the Tar Heels, who had a March Madness betting record of 12-7 straight up and 6-11 against the spread while placing next to dead last in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
Since North Carolina is always one of the most popular teams with the March Madness betting public they are often an overlay that offers little actual value.
When North Carolina does not meet their usual March Madness betting standards and the expectations of the gambling public their board value becomes downright toxic, as has been the case this year.
North Carolina began the road to the March Madness betting tournament as the defending national champions and a highly ranked leading contender that was expected to make a serious run at the Final Four again for 2010. The Tar Heels have not been the same, however, since a tough 66-68 loss at Kentucky on December 5.
North Carolina got the cash in just 2 out of the next 9 games that followed. Beyond that, their March Madness betting credentials took a severe hit with a loss at Charleston on January 4 when they were defeated in overtime 79-82 as 13.5-point chalks. North Carolina must shore up its defense if it is to see March Madness betting action.
They ranked a dreadful 283rd in the nation for points allowed. The must also find a dominant go-to scorer as Deon Thompson’s team leading 14.8 points per game is hardly note worthy.