The Top 5 March Madness Contenders Not To Bet OnJosh Bailey
When it comes to the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament betting tips you should know that many of the game’s top contenders to win the annual March Madness brouhaha also double as some of the biggest potential tournament ‘heartbreakers’.
That’s right collegiate hardwood gamblers, while a handful of teams have managed to avoid tourney-damaging losing streaks en route to their 20-plus win season, the fact of the matter is that no team in the nation will enter this season’s big dance without more than their fair share of blemishes.
You see, even the very best teams in the country have often left fans and betting backers everywhere literally scratching their collective heads in dismay. No singular team has had the look of a dominant force and even the most talent-laden teams in the nation have struggled to both, find wins – and their respective new identities.
With that thought in mind, I have put together a list of five teams that I believe could be among the biggest heartbreakers in the quickly-approaching NCAA Basketball Tournament. While it’s true that any of these five teams could walk away as this year’s national champs, I believe it’s also quite possible that any or all of them could bow out early because of myriad reasons.
Let’s take a look at each team and some of the reasons they could face an early exit in this year’s March Madness tournament.
The Top 5 March Madness Contenders Not To Bet On
While the Kansas Jayhawks (22-6 SU, 14-13-1 ATS, 17-10-1 O/U) are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the nation and are playing their best basketball of the season as March Madness quickly approaches, the fact of the matter is that this team can play well under its talent level on occasion. The Jayhawks’ 81-69 road loss to mediocre Texas on Feb.1 is a prime example of this though, again, they are playing their best ball of the season right now. Still, when your team is led by a true freshman, no matter how talented he may be, I say a team-wide lack of composure in a tight tournament contest is always a very real possibility. I’m not saying the Jayhawks are going to flame out early, but I also wouldn’t be all that surprised to see the mostly young Jayhawks fall to a slightly inferior team.
Virginia (23-5 SU, 14-9-1 ATS, 10-12 O/U) has won a whopping 11 consecutive games at the time of this writing and have the nation’s No.1 defense as they hold their opponents to just 55.2 points per game but I don’t like the fact that the Cavaliers have just two double-digit scorers in junior guard Malcolm Brogdon and senior backcourt mate Joe Harris and I believe this lack of scoring could very well hurt them come tourney time. I’m also not very sure this team has had enough big-time battles as they’ve had to face Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse just once this season.
The Cardinals (23-4, 14-11 ATS, 12-11 O/U) are one of the most balanced teams in the nation as they rank 13th in scoring (82.1 ppg) and an equally impressive 19th in points allowed (61.4 ppg), but the fact of the matter is that the Cardinals have suffered all four of their losses this season against quality teams (North Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis, Cincinnati) and it could happen again once March Madness rolls around, particularly if leading scorer, senior point guard Russ Smith, struggles to score the ball.
The Billikens (25-2 SU, 9-15 ATS, 7-16 O/U) have been beating people with defense all season long as they allow just 59.9 points per contest (12th) including a national-best 26.6 percent from beyond the arc, but this team has also won three of its last four games by three points or less, leading me to believe they could very well end up breaking a lot of people’s brackets if they have to face a team that can either shoot the lights out or one that gets hot from the field. St. Louis has just three double-digit scorers this season, leading me to believe that this team’s lack of offense could cost them come tourney time.
The Wildcats (21-6 SU, 12-11 ATS, 10-13-1 O/U) are probably the most talent-laden teams in the country as they feature a slew of former McDonald’s All-Americans and future NBA performers. Having said that let me also say that Kentucky also doubles as the biggest potential ‘heartbreak’ team in the upcoming NCAA Basketball Tournament. One minute, the explosive Wildcats (78.2 ppg, 36th) are reeling off a series of highlight worthy plays and the next, they’re throwing the ball away like the bunch of inexperienced youngsters they are. Outside of going to scoring leader and future lottery pick Julius Randle (15.7 ppg), as the team’s first option, the Wildcats don’t seem to have an offensive game plan they stick to, though they do have four double-digit scorers. Talent base aside the Wildcats shoot an uninspiring 32.2 percent from three-point distance (280th) and a pitiful 68.5 percent from the free throw line (221st). This team could surprise by reaching the Final Four – or they could break your bracket early with another head-scratching performance as they did in losses to Arkansas, LSU and their underwhelming loss to No.1 Florida most recently.