You don’t have to be a major fan of college basketball to get excited about March Madness. It is one of those events that cause even the most casual bettor to dip into their bankroll and get some wagers going. In terms of excitement, the tournament is tough to beat especially when those Cinderella teams begin to emerge, as they do every single year, to bust brackets and cause mayhem. We are still a couple of days away from Selection Sunday and the release of the 2023 bracket, which makes an article like this a little tougher to put together, but we are still going to take a look at a few teams who might just fill the sleeper or Cinderella role to perfection, keeping in mind that we are not even totally sure that some of these teams will be in. Check out MyBookie’s college basketball betting odds for those underdogs teams.
March Madness betting look at Cinderellas, sleepers and bracket-busters
Before we get to March Madness, we had Arch Madness, which is what the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament is often referred to. That tournament is over and we saw something of a surprise at the end, with Drake beating Bradley in convincing fashion in the final. That defeat ended a 12-game win streak for the Braves, but will it have hurt their chances of getting into March Madness? If not, then it would be easy to overlook that one bad game over the past few months and have them in as a potential bracket buster. This is a team that got better as the season wore on, and they have a defense that can frustrate better teams.
The Raiders have been in the tournament in each of the last 2 seasons and look set to be in again. Now, you can argue that they have not made it beyond Round 1, but last year they gave Wisconsin a real scare as the #14 seed, losing 67-60 in that one. Many of their key players are back again this season and looked very good in the Patriot Conference, where they only lost 1 game all year. Their non-conference play left a little to be desired, but this is a team on a roll and one that can score a lot of points without relying on just one or two players. They could be a handful as a #14 or #15 seed.
The last time Furman was in the tournament was way back in 1980, but it looks as though that dry spell might be coming to an end. You can’t ask for a much better finish to the season for Furman, as they won the Southern Conference regular season crown before going on and winning the conference tournament, too. All told, they have won 6 on a row and could be a handful for whoever gets them in Round 1. This is an efficient team that leads the nation in 2-point FG%, so they are going to put points on the board.
I always look for teams that end the season on a high note when trying to identify potential Cinderella teams in March Madness. You certainly have to put Iona in that category, as they are on a 12-game win streak that saw them win the MAAC in a bit of a stroll. They are also in the semi-finals of the MAAC Tournament and could potentially extend their win streak to 14 games before all is said and done.
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