March Madness will be officially upon us soon, but with #1 Syracuse inexplicably losing last night at home to a Boston College team that came in 6-19 overall and 2-10 in the ACC, the madness is already well underway.
Many years, a few teams separate themselves from the pack as clear favorites. This year, however, there are question marks surrounding every contender. So if you are looking to make any March Madness futures bets, you might well be better off throwing your money at a top poker site like 888 or elsewhere, depending on where you reside.
Syracuse and Arizona are fantastic defensive teams, but can you count on them to score enough when it matters? Kansas is strolling toward another Big 12 title, and their talented group of underclassmen, led by Andrew Wiggins, has gelled after some early stumbles and bumbles. But it’s Kansas, who is just as prone to getting dumped out in the first round (or second, as it is known now) as making a Final Four run. That same statement applies to Duke. Undefeated Wichita State is having a great season, but making the Final Four two years in a row isn’t easy, especially when you can’t sneak up on anyone this time around. Defending national champion Louisville has a gaudy record and has beaten up on the AAC’s also-rans, but they’re woefully short on quality wins.
At present, Florida, who will be #1 next Monday if they don’t up and lose at Ole Miss on Saturday, might be the best team in the country. But they were pushed at home by an average (at best) Auburn team, and those who reside in other parts of the country might not be sold on how they’ve dominated an SEC that is Florida, Kentucky, and no one else.
If there is one thing about no contender standing out from the pack, it’s that it could mean we’re in store for a fantastic NCAA Tournament. Perhaps one of the blue bloods like Duke, Kentucky, or Kansas will come out on top in Dallas in about a month and a half, but a San Diego State, Creighton, Saint Louis, or Iowa could easily step in their way and make a run themselves. It may not be good for your bracket, but it will certainly make for good entertainment.