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Unranked Teams To Become March Madness Darlings

Written by on March 6, 2017

If you’re gearing up for the quickly approaching March Madness national championship tournament and you’re looking for unranked teams that have the look of value-packed teams that could become March Madness betting darlings, then look no further!This expert analysis on six unranked teams that all look like they could do some damage could help you cash in big once March Madness gets underway in just over a week. Let’s get started.

Unranked Teams To Become March Madness Betting Darlings


Minnesota (23-8 SU, 18-11 ATS)

Minnesota may be in third place in the Big Ten, but the Gophers re pretty hot, having won eight of their last nine games despite falling to Wisconsin 66-49 this past weekend. The Gophers recorded some impressive wins over desperate Maryland and Michigan last month and narrowly beat the Badgers in their 78-76 overtime loss against Wisconsin on Jan. 21, not to mention a solid 91-82 overtime win over No. 16 Purdue on Jan. 1.Minnesota limits the opposition to just 69.0 points per game (90th) while ranking a stellar 16th in field goal defense (39.6%) and 15th in three-point defense (30.8%). The Gophers share the ball and have four players that average double figures in scoring and two more that put up at least 8.1 points per game.

Wichita State (30-4 SU, 18-12-1 ATS)

Wichita State got off to a slow 9-3 start after a dozen games as they broke in a bunch of new and mostly inexperienced players, but the Shockers are back in the national spotlight after winning their last 14 games and 20 of their last 21 games overall.I know the Shockers don’t play the best competition in the world while competing in the Missouri Valley Conference, but Wichita State has already proven that their level of competition doesn’t mean they can’t play with college basketball’s ‘big boys.’ Besides, with the Shockers ranking a stellar 22nd nationally in scoring (82.1 ppg) and an equally impressive 16th in points allowed (62.4 ppg).

Oklahoma State (20-11 SU, 16-9-1 ATS)

Oklahoma State is in fifth place in the Big 12 and they’ve lost two straight in falling to Iowa State and Kansas, but the Cowboys had won 10 of their previous 11 games while beating nationally-ranked West Virginia and Baylor along the way.Oklahoma State ranks a stupendous ninth in scoring nationally (85.6 ppg), 15th in three-point shooting (40.3%) and fourth in free throw shooting (78.7%). The Cowboys also have a legitimate pair of stars in the backcourt in Juwan Evans (18.7 ppg) and Jeffrey Carroll (17.3 ppg) that makes them scary dangerous in my expert estimation.

Dayton (24-6 SU, 9-9 ATS)

The Flyers are in first place in the A-10 and have an elite defense that ranks 47th in points allowed (66.3 ppg), an identical 47th in field goal defense (41.2%) and 56th in three-point defense (32.4%). Dayton has three double digit scorers on the roster, not to mention the Flyers’ top seven scorers all shoot at least 45.0 percent from the field.

Middle Tenn. St. (27-4 SU, 20-10 ATS)

Middle Tennessee may not get much national media attention, but the Blue Raiders should. Middle Tennessee has won seven straight at the time of this writing and nine of their last 10 games overall. The Blue Raiders have a trio of players that average at least 14.1 points per game and rank a stellar 20th in points allowed (63.1 ppg) and even more impressive 15th in field goal shooting percentage (48.7%).

Florida Gulf Coast (26-7 SU, 4-0 ATS)

The high-flying Eagles are back at in again after their thrilling tourney run in 2013. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles has won seven straight games and nine of their last 10 games overall and ranks an impressive 45th in scoring (79.4 ppg) and jaw-dropping fifth in field goal shooting percentage (50.2%). The Eagles are also solid defensively in giving up just 68.8 points per game to rank 86th nationally. Florida Gulf Coast has a true star in leading scorer Brandon Goodwin (18.2 ppg) and a trio of other players that all average double figures in scoring, including forward Demetrius Morant who leads the nation in field goal shooting percentage by making an insane 75.7 percent of his field goal attempts.

Providence (20-11 SU, 20-11 ATS)

Providence may be in fifth place in the Big East conference, but the Friars have gotten hot at just the right time and now have the look of a dangerous ballclub if they get into the March Madness field (they will). Providence has won six straight games while beating No. 15 Butler and previously ranked Creighton during the stretch.The Friars have won nine of their last 13 games overall and rank an encouraging 49th in points allowed (66.5 ppg) and equally impressive 71st in three-point shooting percentage (37.4%).  Providence has a quartet of double-digit scorers and has the look of a team ready to pull off an upset or two once March Madness gets underway in earnest.