|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 09 February 2009 16:22|
March Madness will introduce gamblers to teams they know little or nothing about. That is one of the great NCAA March Madness challenges for handicappers. In 2008 March Madness action turning on the power was the way to go in the first round as the big numbers didn’t phase most of the teams or gamblers.
While the oddsmakers understand that the public will tend to gravitate towards “name brand” teams they couldn’t seem to make a number big enough for the opening round last year. 2008 March Madness saw the 1-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels face 16-seeded Mount St. Mary’s.
North Carolina gave a vivid demonstration on why sometimes in NCAA March Madness action it’s advisable to “lay the lumber” as the Tar Heels covered the 25-point spread in a 113-74 win.
The 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks also had to cover a large March Madness number against a 16-seed as they defeated Portland State 85-61 getting the cash as 21-point favorites.
The undefeated and 1-seeded Memphis Tigers were receiving a lot of March Madness hype, similar to their football counterparts from New England who went all the way to the final game before losing a perfect season. Memphis was a 25.5-point March Madness favorite over Texas Arlington but couldn’t make the nut in an 87-63 win.
The final 1-seed team, UCLA, got an easy March Madness payoff for gamblers in a 70-29 rout of Mississippi Valley State as 31.5-point chalks. The 2-seeded Tennessee Volunteers did not get the cash in a 72-57 win over 15-seeded American as 19-point NCAA March Madness favorites.
2-seeded Georgetown was a 66-47 winner over MD Baltimore City as 17-point March Madness chalks. The 2-seeded Texas Longhorns were 74-54 winners over Austin Peay as 15.5-point March Madness favorites for a comfortable payoff.
Duke, however, failed to get the March Madness cash as 20-point chalks in a shockingly close 71-70 win over Belmont.
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