|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Friday, 13 February 2009 08:12|
March Madness attracts a lot of ignorant betting money that is based on casual fans betting on the most famous teams listed on the NCAA March Madness brackets. Since UCLA is one of the biggest names in March Madness they often carry an extra price tag beyond what is actually warranted.
While UCLA has had their share of recent NCAA March Madness success their betting value has often not kept pace. A great example of UCLA's questionable March Madness value was in 2006. They started off well with a blowout win and cover over Belmont in the first round.
But from there, as the public whetted its appetite for the Bruins their value plummeted. First was a 62-59 win over Alabama in which the Bruins failed to cover as 8-point chalks. That was followed up with a 73-71 escape over Gonzaga as 3.5-point chalks.
With those back-to-back close calls the March Madness betting public cooled somewhat on UCLA and they won as underdogs over Memphis and LSU to enter the championship game against Florida, which they lost 57-73 as 1-point dogs to finish March Madness a break even 3-3 against the spread despite going 5-1 straight up.
UCLA entered 2007 March Madness action with high expectations from the public as well as themselves. Once again the Bruins would make the Final Four as they won their first four NCAA March Madness matchups, getting the cash in three of those games.
Again, however, Florida snapped the UCLA dream of glory with a 76-66 win as the Bruins failed to cover as 3-point dogs. 2008 would be another March Madness run to the Final Four for UCLA. But once again the Bruins would prove to be less than a stellar March Madness betting value on their road to San Antonio.
After clobbering Mississippi Valley State for an easy payoff in the first round UCLA barely got past Texas A&M 51-49 as 9.5-point chalks in the second round.
In “Sweet Sixteen” action UCLA failed to get the cash in their win over Western Kentucky but did get easy money in their blowout win over Xavier to make it to the March Madness Final Four for the third straight season.
UCLA was eliminated by Memphis to finish March Madness action 2-3 against the spread despite a 4-1 straight up record.
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