Grading the best over teams in 2014 March Madness is a fairly simple study because almost all the teams have vulnerable defenses, and can score in bunches. But these four teams have been the strongest over plays throughout the year and championship week. Sometimes, when the number is a daunting wager, the total can be a gold mine.
2014 March Madness Best Over Teams
KANSAS JAYHAWKS (19-13-1 O/U)
The Jayhawks continued on as one of the most frustrating, overall plays in college basketball as they lost to Iowa State in a tournament where they were supposed to be the best team. One of the reasons that they’ve lost some of their swagger it he lack of Joel Embiid who remains out with a back problem. But that hasn’t slowed down their offence, which has crested 75.0+ points in eight of their last ten games. What makes them one of the best over teams in 2014 March Madness is simple: they’re horrifying defensively. We know this team can score in boat loads. What we’re unsure of is if they can stop anyone. That’s the blueprint for an over play against any total in basketball betting.
PITTSBURGH PANTHERS (19-11 O/U)
This is one of those whacky teams that played on the bubble all year, losing marquee games by the most miniscule of margins. They covered in less than 40% of their games this season, but smashed the over nearly 60% of the time. This can be misleading, especially lately, because Pittsburgh has finally awoken thanks to some invigorating play in the ACC Tournament. They’re not a great defensive team, but they’re able to lock down on that end, which they proved by limiting Virginia to just 51 points in the tournament final. But they’re also explosive offensively and can push totals virtually on their own. They are literally one of the best plays against bad teams as they can run the score through the ceiling. How they match up in 2014 March Madness brackets will define how strong they are against the total through the big dance.
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (18-12-1 O/U)
The Wolverines are a reliable team against the total for the simple reason that they’re not that solid defensively. Losing their front court anchor in Mitch McGary all but assured that when he went down in early January. Still, as is usually the case with the best over teams, the Wolverines can seemingly put up points at will and have so many weapons between Spike Albrecht and Nik Stauskas that they can smash the point total. The safest bet is their team total, but when it comes to 2014 March Madness they’re undoubtedly going to be one of the best over teams simply because they can’t stop great teams from getting to the rim.
IOWA HAWKEYES (20-9 O/U)
Simply put, Iowa was the best over team in 2014 and will be a locked down bet against the total through the NCAA tourney. Now, I don’t know how long they’ll last considering they lost their season finale and the first game of the Big Ten Tournament, but they’re one of the steadiest scoring teams in the league with 82.0 points per game. Add to that a defense that ranks a woeful 180th with 70.1 against, and you have a no brainer when it comes to 2014 March Madness’s best over teams.