|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Sunday, 08 March 2009 07:30|
March Madness 2009 fans must look first at powerful Cornell followed by a surprising trio of March Madness betting contenders. March Madness 2009 handicappers will be impressed with the Big Red of Cornell. Cornell was 18-8 straight up including 8-2 in Ivy League action while going 11-8 against the spread.
March Madness betting fans will recall that Cornell made the “Big Dance” last season before losing to Stanford in the first round. March Madness 2009 handicappers would be wise to keep an eye on this emerging Ivy League power. The Columbia Lions could be a March Madness 2009 factor.
Columbia was 11-13 straight up including 6-4 in Ivy League action. Columbia was a solid performer against the spread with a mark of 9-5, demonstrating potential for solid March Madness 2009 betting value. The Yale Bulldogs are another March Madness 2009 contender from the Ivy League.
Yale was 11-13 straight up but 6-4 in Ivy League action. Yale was looking like another potential March Madness betting value and surprise from the Ivy League as they were 8-5 against the spread. Yale had a defense that was one of the nation's best and would potentially keep them in March Madness 2009 games.
The Big Green of Dartmouth is the third member of that Ivy League trio chasing Cornell. Dartmouth was 8-16 straight up but 6-4 in the Ivy League as well as a nice 9-5 against the spread, again demonstrating good March Madness 2009 betting value.
The Princeton Tigers have long been the best known and most respected team from the Ivy League but their presence in March Madness 2009 looks to be a long shot. Princeton was 10-12 straight up and 5-4 in the Ivy League. The Tigers were 9-6 against the spread. Princeton would have to win out, get help, and beat Cornell on March 7 to have a shot.
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