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March Madness 2009 bettors can learn a lot from the 2008 West Virginia Mountaineers and their great run from nowhere to the status of a March Madness surprise.  When getting ready for March Madness 2009 it would be wise to look back on the 2008 Mounties March Madness success and draw lessons from their run.

As March Madness 2009 handicappers may recall the Mounties were under first year head coach and favorite son Bob Huggins and had a tough season of transition.  They entered March Madness action almost as an after thought and as a team that was considered “on the bubble” to make it to the “Big Dance”.

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Keep in mind that March Madness 2009 action will not begin with the “Big Dance” but with the conference tournaments.  And that is where March Madness 2009 handicappers can first begin to apply the lessons of the Mounties as West Virginia began their ascent in the Big East conference tournament.

The Mounties scored back-to-back wins over Providence and top rated Connecticut, when as March Madness 2009 handicappers recall, was enough to get West Virginia an invite to the national tournament.

March Madness 2009 gamblers will remember, however, that West Virginia was given little chance and was lightly regarded for post season success.

In the first round of the NCAA tournament they were fortunate enough to draw Arizona, who as March Madness 2009 bettors recall was embroiled in a lot of uncertainty regarding their coaching situation.  The Mounties scored a win and cover and met Duke in the next round.

Duke, as always, will be a popular team with March Madness 2009 bettors as they were against the Mounties, but West Virginia had the hot hand and momentum and upset the Blue Devils 73-67 as 4-point dogs to make it to the “Sweet Sixteen” where they were finally upset by Xavier.

West Virginia’s post season success from last year is a great March Madness 2009 lesson on how a hungry team can catch fire and make a good run against more popular yet less valuable teams.

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