March Madness gambling anticipation continues to grow for the Final Four but there have been some valuable lessons that can be put to use with the March Madness odds for the Final Four. The first thing that March Madness gambling handicappers have been re-educated on is that there is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to March Madness betting.
The Kansas Jayhawks were the number-one seed in the entire “Big Dance” and a strong March Madness gambling favorite to make the Final Four but their stunning 67-69 upset loss to Northern Iowa as 11-point chalks should serve as the ultimate red flag about laying big numbers with “name brand” teams that the public loves to wager on.
Northern Iowa provided a tough March Madness gambling lesson about the worthiness of so-called “mid major” programs and just how dangerous they can be. Syracuse suffered a similar lesson in their 59-63 March Madness gambling upset loss to Butler as 6-point chalks.
The Syracuse Orange were the regular season champions of the Big East, which was touted as the toughest league in the land. Butler came out of the lightly regarded Horizon League but proved their value and worth as a team that has now become a regular on the “Dance Floor” over the past few seasons.
Butler’s dominant performance in the regular season and championship pedigree should have been respected by diligent handicappers. Syracuse was upset in the Big East Conference tournament which was a warning that they may have been running out of gas.
West Virginia has demonstrated the value of a team that entered the “Dance Floor” with considerable momentum as they were coming off a Big East Conference Tournament title began the NCAA Tournament playing their best basketball of the season, which is exactly the right timing for this “one and done” event.
In March Madness gambling, like life, timing is everything and value is a must. Making an overlay with a fading team is not the way to win money in the “Big Dance.”