March Madness gambling handicappers always respect power teams from the Big East Conference and UConn has once again proven their worth with the March Madness odds.
A big reason for Connecticut being in this year’s Final Four is coach Jim Calhoun, who has led the UConn basketball program since 1986. Calhoun has led the Huskies to a pair of national championships and will be in his 4th Final Four appearance at UConn.
Calhoun has made his mark in March Madness betting circles with such long term success that includes 9 Big East regular season championships and 7 Big East Conference Tournament Championships. Calhoun also has a NIT championship on his resume.
Calhoun has not had an easy road to success as he had to run his family after the death of his father when he was 15 years of age. Calhoun once dropped out of college to work as a grave digger before deciding to return to school at American International where he was the leading scorer on the basketball team.
Calhoun had to go through prostate cancer in February of 2003and yet returned to the sidelines just 2 weeks after the procedure. He was also treated for Squamous cell carcinoma in 2008 and broke 8 ribs in a charity bike ride one year later.
Calhoun’s baggage that’s best known by those who bet on March Madness is when he was cited by the NCAA in February of 2001 for lack of institutional control of his program in which he came off as arrogant, unapologetic, and defiant. UConn was punished with a reduction in scholarships and probation.
Calhoun has coached a total of 26 players that have gone on to play in the NBA.
Calhoun and UConn were in the Final Four just two years ago and won an impressive total of 31 games. Calhoun’s consistency has made him a coach that many handicappers will trust in March Madness gambling matchups against anyone the Huskies come up against.
It is hard enough for a good coach to get to the Final Four as many legends have failed to gain that destination but for Calhoun to continue to make it out of the Big East is a truly remarkable achievement.