March Madness Betting Do’s and Don’ts

Written by on February 14, 2016

If you’re looking to cash in consistently over the course of the quickly approaching March Madness basketball tournament, then all you’ve got to do is stick to the script people. Here are several do’s and don’ts that you need to follow if you want to have a successful March Madness Odds tournament.

Do’s and Dont’s of March Madness Betting

Do – Bet the No.1 Seeds Early On!

No. 1 seeds are all but unbeatable in the opening rounds. No 16 seed has ever upset a No.1 seed. Not only that, but No.1 seeds generally rout their No. 16 seeds counterparts with only five games between these two seeds being decided by less than 10 points.

Don’t – Pick Every 14 Seed to Win Its Opener!

At least one No. 14 seed has managed to upset a No. 3 seed in each of the last three NCAA Tournaments, with two 14 seeds winning their openers last season (Georgia State, UAB). Going back to 1986, 20 No. 14 seeds have upset their third-seeded counterparts.

Do – Pick 12 Seeds

While no No. 12 seed managed to pull off an upset win over a No. 5 seed last year, 12 seeds are now infamous for their innate ability to upset five seeds. Prior to last year, at least one No. 12 seed has managed to pull off an upset over a No. 5 seed, with three 12 seeds winning in 2014, three in 2013 and two more in 2012. Three No. 12 seeds also won their openers in 2009 while two more did it in 2008 and two more in 2006.
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Do – Pick a 1,2 or 3 Seed to Win it All!

Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, a team seeded in the top three in its region has won the national title all but three times. The other seeds to win? A four (Arizona), a six (Kansas) and an eight (Villanova).

Don’t – Pick a Final Four Featuring All No. 1 Seeds!

The Final Four has only been all No. 1 seeds once, (2008). Since then, No. 2 seeds have been just as likely to make the Final Four as No. 1 seeds.