March Madness Betting Tips – Five Under the Radar Title ContendersJosh Bailey
Some teams, like North Carolina, Cincinnati or San Diego State are what I like to call, ‘modest’ bracket busters, meaning it wouldn’t be that much of a shocker to see one of these teams pull off an NCAA Tournament upset or two.
Then there are other potential March Madness participants that offer a much higher return should they manage to win it all, but clearly face longer odds in their respective quests to take down their ‘bigger program’ opponents.
Still, seeing any of the following five Under the Radar title contenders pull off a tournament upset or two certainly isn’t out of the question, even if the odds of them doing so don’t look so hot right now.
When it comes to the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament, we all know one thing…there will be upsets, with many of major proportions.
These five teams could very well help your March Madness bets increase their returns in a big way of they can pull off an upset or two against a favored opponent.
March Madness Betting Tips – Five Under the Radar Title Contenders
Iowa State +3300
Not only do the Cyclones (21-5 SU, 11-13 ATS, 13-10 O/U) have quality wins over Big 12 rivals Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, K-State and Baylor, but Iowa State also has a true star player in senior forward Melvin Ejim (18.9 ppg), not to mention the fact that they are sixth in the nation in scoring (83.6 ppg).
The Hawkeyes (19-8 SU, 15-10 ATS, 17-7 O/U) are another team that can put points on the board with the best of them as they average a stellar 83.5 points per game (7th) on a fantastic 47.1 percent team field goal percentage (48th). The Hawkeyes also hold their opponents to a paltry 39.8 percent shooting mark from the field (30th), including 30.2 percent from beyond the arc (26th). Iowa has recorded quality wins over Michigan , Ohio State and Minnesota and have played Wisconsin tough (twice) while narrowly falling to both Michigan State and Villanova in overtime.
The Tigers (21-6 SU, 14-10 ATS, 9-14 O/U) are in the midst of a fine season even if they don’t get the national recognition they deserve as they compete in the surprisingly tough American Athletic Conference. The Tigers average an impressive 79.2 points per game (28th) while draining a blistering 48.7 percent of their field goal attempts (16th). Memphis also gets out to defend the three-point line vigorously as they hold their opponents to just 30.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (19th).
New Mexico +10000
Sure, the Lobos (22-5 SU, 12-11 ATS, 11-12 O/U) don’t play in the strongest conference out there (Mountain West) but they do have elite conference competition in the form of fellow national title contender, 13th-ranked San Diego State and they’ve more than held their own even if they don’t get the national attention of their conference counterparts. New Mexico doesn’t stand out in any one particular area, though they are very good defensively as they limit their opponents to just 39.2 percent shooting from the field (15th).
St. Joe’s (No Odds)
The Hawks (20-7 SU, 13-9-1 ATS, 8-14-1 O/U) are having a fine season as they currently sit in second place in the A-10 just behind St. Louis. Philly’s finest collegiate team this season (I think) can shoot the ball as well as any team in the country as they nail an impressive 47.2 percent from the field (45th) and a scorching 39.0 percent from three-point distance (29th). Making the Hawks even more attractive is the fact that head coach Phil Martelli is one of the best leaders in the nation and the Hawks have a very competent quartet of double-digit scorers.