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NCAA Championship Game Preview
by Matt Severance - 04/06/2009

When deciding where to put your money for tonight's National Championship Game between Michigan State and North Carolina, with the Heels 7.5-point favorites on Bodog, let's just start right away by telling everyone to completely throw out that 98-63 North Carolina beatdown of Michigan State at Ford Field on Dec. 3.
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2009 NCAA Final Four Props
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 4/2/2009

Now that March Madness has veered into April and with most people’s brackets in a trash can somewhere it is time to look at other ways to make money from this year’s Final Four. NCAA Tournament props are aplenty, even with only four teams in the running, and it can often be a challenge picking props that rely on a team winning at least one game and probably two. Here is analysis on three of the more popular Final Four props from Bodog:
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Final Four Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 04/01/2009

I'm about to look at how I see the Final Four playing out. Before I do, though, I should make a disclosure - my bracket is an absolute disaster. Of the four remaining teams, North Carolina is the only one I had in Detroit, and I don't have them winning again. I don't think that those picks represent everything I can bring to the table now, but they are there staring back at me every time I open my eyes. Or close them, for that matter. It's ugly.
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Final Four Betting: North Carolina-Villanova Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/31/2009

For the North Carolina Tar Heels, this weekend's assault on Ford Field marks the end of a long journey. Not a journey through this tournament, but a three-year quest that has led to this exact place and this exact moment in time.
Read more about North Carolina-Villanova.

Final Four Betting: Michigan State-Connecticut Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/30/2009

If might equals right then Michigan State and Connecticut have been two of the most "right" college basketball teams in the country this year.
Read more about Michigan State-Connecticut.

NIT Final Four Predictions
by Victor Ryan - 03/30/2009

Baylor entered this season with high expectations, but any realistic thoughts the Bears had of playing in the NCAA Tournament were derailed after inexplicably losing 10 of 12 games to end the regular season.
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Sweet Sixteen Betting: Overvalued and Undervalued
by Matt Severance - 03/26/2009

I'm here today to eat a little crow. Last week on Doc's, I wrote a story detailing which NCAA Tournament team I thought was overvalued to win its region and another story predicting which team was undervalued and worth a long-shot bet.
Read more about Sweet 16 Betting.

Sweet 16 Betting: West Regional Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/25/2009

March is a time for the guards. If you don't have good guard play you can't win this time of year. But as I look around the West Region all I can think is, "Damn, those guys are big."
Read more about Sweet 16 West Region.

NCAA Tournament Betting: South Region Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/18/2009

Every year in the NCAA Tournament there is one region that is just absolutely loaded. I'm talking comically loaded. I'm talking six or seven national title contenders crammed into the same region. Well, this year it's the South Region in Memphis.
Read more about NCAA Tournament South Region Preview.

Sweet 16 Betting: Midwest Regional Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/25/2009

Money, money, money; the remaining four teams in the Midwest have been four of the most successful teams in the country this year against the spread. As a result, it's really tough to find value betting on or against teams that have posted an unbelievable 79-46-2 record ATS this season.
Read more about Sweet 16 Midwest Region.

March Madness Handicapping: Arizona Wildcats Primed for Upset?
by Trevor Whenham - 03/25/2009

It's not that bold or brave to say it now, but when a lot of people were outraged that Arizona made the NCAA Tournament in place of St. Mary's I just wasn't buying it. Nothing against St. Mary's, but Arizona is a far more talented team that played a tougher schedule, overcame more adversity, and had bigger wins.
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March Madness Handicapping: Sweet Sixteen Seeds Trends
by Trevor Whenham - 03/25/2009

A lot has been made of seeding in the NCAA Tournament this year - the absence of high seeds and the general chalkiness. The fact that not a single No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed has been eliminated yet makes this year's event somewhat unique. The seeds of the teams involved are going to be an important part of your handicapping process. To help with that, here's a collection of thoughts and facts about seeds:
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Sweet 16 Betting: East Regional Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/24/2009

It wasn’t always pretty and it wasn’t always easy, but the chalk survived the opening weekend in the East Regional. It took overtime (Xavier), a double-digit second half comeback (Villanova), some clutch plays in a game that was tied in the last 60 seconds (Duke), and a late pull away against a plucky No. 16 seed (Pittsburgh), but the top four seeds are alive and well and heading to Boston this weekend for a crack at the Final Four.
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March Madness Betting: Updated NCAA Tournament Futures Predictions
by Robert Ferringo - 03/24/2009

It doesn't matter how you make it out of the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, only that you made it out. And 16 teams managed to weather the annual storm of anarchy and confusion that marks the first and second round in order to place them in the Sweet 16.
Read more about NCAA Tournament Futures Predictions.

Sweet Sixteen Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 03/24/2009

With the Sweet 16 just a couple of days away, here's my attempt to offer some Sweet 16 predictions on which teams are the best bets:
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Sweet Sixteen Surprises
by Jay Horne - 03/24/2009

The NCAA Tournament has not disappointed for those that love upsets and emerging underdogs. Every year there is a team that becomes a fan favorite for defying the odds and making runs in their respected regions. However, the biggest surprise to date in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this year was that there were not any major upset stories for the Sweet 16.
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NCAA Tournament Betting: Updated Odds to Win Regionals
by Robert Ferringo - 03/23/2009

Did you know that there are pockets in the city of Detroit in which the average home price is just $22,000? No, I'm not missing a digit there: according to CNN the average price of a house in the Motor City is slightly less than a 2009 PT Cruiser.
Read more about NCAA Tournament Regional Odds.

NCAA Tournament Betting: West Region Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/18/2009

Underrated. That's the theme of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. But while Memphis is the team that most bobbleheads are declaring the most "slighted", I think that you could make a case that they are, in fact, the least slighted team in this conference.
Read more about NCAA Tournament West Region Preview.

NCAA Tournament Betting: South Region Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/18/2009

Every year in the NCAA Tournament there is one region that is just absolutely loaded. I'm talking comically loaded. I'm talking six or seven national title contenders crammed into the same region. Well, this year it's the South Region in Memphis.
Read more about NCAA Tournament South Region Preview.

March Madness Betting: Value in Big East NCAA Tournament Prop Bet
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 03/18/2009

At first look this NCAA Tournament prop bet looks like a "lock". With the depth of the Big East and getting seven teams in the conference, including three No. 1 seeds, no first round underdogs and no seed lower than a No. 6, reaching the 16-win plateau sounds too easy.
Read more about NCAA Tournament Prop Bet.

NCAA Tournament Betting: Which No. 12 Seeds Are Primed To Upset
by Matt Severance - 03/18/2009

The first major upset in the NCAA Tournament each year generally is in the No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchup in the first round. Overall, No. 5 seeds are 65-31 against No. 12s since the field expanded. That means the upset happens about every third game, and I don't need to remind you that there are four such matchups each year. Villanova and Western Kentucky both pulled off the upset as No. 12s last season.
Read more about NCAA Tournament: 5 vs. 12.

NCAA Tournament Handicapping: Overrated and Underrated Clubs
by Trevor Whenham - 03/18/2009

It's the eve of the NCAA Tournament - the best event in sports opened by the best two days possible. That means that every second between now and the first tip-off will be spent dissecting the bracket, second guessing your Final Four, and wondering which team is going to rise from nowhere to crush the dreams of teams with high expectations. As I look over the bracket for the 200th time I can't help but think that a few teams have been given a higher seed than they deserve, and a few others were placed too low and are dangerous. Here's a look at three of each:
Read more about NCAA Tournament: Over and Under Rated.

NCAA Tournament Betting: Missouri Overvalued
by Matt Severance - 03/18/2009

Tuesday here on Doc's Sports, I wrote a story about a team I believed was undervalued in the NCAA Tournament - Clemson. Today I will do the opposite and warn you about a team that I think is overvalued. My parameters are these: The school must be a No. 4 seed or better and have a price of +750 or lower to win its region.
Read more about Missouri in the NCAA Tournament.

Potential NCAA Tournament Upsets
by Trevor Whenham - 03/18/2009

The best part of the early rounds of the NCAA are the upsets, and the best part of filling out your bracket is deciding which games you think are potential heartbreakers for the higher seeded teams. Here are eight potential upsets that wouldn't shock me this year:
Read more about NCAA Tournament Upsets.

Final Four Picks
by Trevor Whenham - 03/18/2009

We are less than a day away from the first tip-off of the NCAA Tournament. I have gone back and forth on how I see things turning out since the brackets came out, but I think I am confident in my outlook now. This tournament strikes me as quite different from last year - there don't seem to be as many legitimate contenders that could win it all this year as there was last year. That should theoretically make it easier to look like a genius when your picks come true, but nothing is easy about filling out a bracket. Here's how I see things breaking down this year with my Final Four picks:
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March Madness Seed Statistics
by Jay Horne - 03/18/2009

The NCAA Tournament is set to kick off tomorrow, officially starting the best part of March Madness. The tournament is filled with big upsets and unexpected outcomes every year. Before you fill out your final brackets this season, check out some of these interesting March Madness seed statistics. One reason the NCAA Tournament draws so much interest is because the unexpected is inescapable.
Read more about March Madness Seed Statistics.

NCAA Tournament Betting: East Region Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/17/2009

Points are going to be at a premium in the East (Boston) Region of the NCAA Tournament and if "defense wins championships" then there's a good chance that our next national title winner could emerge from this group. Florida State (No. 7), Xavier (No. 13), American (No. 21), VCU (No. 27), Minnesota (No. 34) Villanova (No. 43), Texas (No. 47), ETSU (No. 52) and Binghamton (No. 57) give the region nine teams ranked in the Top 60 in field goal defense. And that's not even mentioning known defensive powers in Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.
Read more about NCAA Tournament East Region Preview.

NCAA Tournament Betting: Midwest Region Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/17/2009

The Midwest Region features the No. 1 overall seed (Louisville) as well as a bunch of conference tournament flameouts from the BCS conferences. Michigan State, Kansas, and Wake Forest each bowed out early - and by early I mean pretty much right after they arrived - so it's a little tough to tell who is going to be the primary challenger in this region. And as a result, if you're looking for some wackiness to occur that will bust your bracket I think that this is Exhibit A.
Read more about NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Preview.

NCAA Tournament Fact vs. Myth
by Max Powers, Doc's College Basketball Handicapper - 03/17/2009

The following will examine a couple of key questions many of you have about the upcoming tournament and we are confident this discussion will also help you fill out your bracket and be the king of your office pool.
Read more about NCAA Tournament Facts.

NCAA Tournament Sleeper Pick: Clemson
by Matt Severance - 03/17/2009

When asked to write a story about a potential sleeper team in this year's NCAA Tournament, I had to set some ground rules. Since this site is geared toward bettors and not just the average college hoops fan, I'm not going to waste time picking some mid-major to reach the Elite Eight or Final Four.
Read more about NCAA Tournament Sleeper Pick.

Who Coined the Term March Madness? Why Do They Call It March Madness?
by Matt Severance - 03/17/2009

Nowadays, March Madness is a sports term as familiar to most Americans as is Super Bowl or Stanley Cup, yet the college basketball moniker is fairly new when applied to the NCAA Tournament.
Read more about Who Coined the Term March Madness? Why Do They Call It March Madness.

Memphis and Louisville Overrated Heading Into Tournament
by Robert Ferringo - 03/16/2009

Hey, I'm not here to knock either Louisville or Memphis. These were two teams that I had pegged as "Play Against" teams heading into this season because of all of the talent that they had lost from last year's clubs. And through the first month-plus of the season I was right on the money and had been banking against them.
Read more about NCAA Tournament.

Running a March Madness Pool
by Matt Severance - 03/14/2009

It's that time of year, where your NCAA Tournament office pool turns everyone that fills out a bracket into a fledgling college basketball expert. So we're here at Doc's Sports to give you a "March Madness Pool for Dummies," so to speak. All you need to know about running a March Madness pool - and hopefully succeed in winning it.
Read more about Running a March Madness Pool.

March Madness Trivia Questions and Answers
by Doc's Sports - 03/14/2009

Here are 20 rather random March Madness trivia questions and answers to get your mind in its right working order for you to intelligently fill out those NCAA Tournament brackets:
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College Basketball Betting: ACC Tournament Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/12/2009

For the first time since 2001 and for only the second time in the last 20 years the ACC Tournament will grace Atlanta. This year's version will be held from March 12-15 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. This should be one of the most competitive, most aesthetically pleasing, and most important conference tournaments of the weekend and no less than eight teams come to Hotlanta with hopes of securing an NCAA Tournament bid.
Read more about 2009 ACC Tournament Preview.

College Basketball Betting: SEC Tournament Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/12/2009

I am a professional handicapper. This is what I do for a living and I've watched more hours of college basketball in one season than some people see in their entire lives. Yet, entering this week's SEC Tournament I can honestly say that I have no idea what is going to shake out at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.
Read more about 2009 SEC Tournament Preview.

College Basketball Handicapping: Preparing for the NCAA Tournament
by Trevor Whenham - 03/12/2009

We still have to get through conference tournaments and Selection Sunday before we can start handicapping the NCAA Tournament. So much in that tournament obviously depends upon seedings and pairings, so you can't really afford to make real decisions now until you see who and where teams play. Just because you can't do that, though, doesn't mean you can't, or shouldn't, be doing anything.
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College Basketball Betting: Big 12 Tournament Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/11/2009

The Big 12 Tournament begins today at Ford Center in Oklahoma City. And even though it's supposed to be a neutral court, I suppose that the hometown folks might have a certain Big 12 team in mind when it comes to preferred champions. I'll give you a hint: the schools nickname rhymes with "ballooners".
Read more about 2009 Big 12 Tournament Preview.

College Basketball Betting: Pac-10 Tournament Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 03/11/2009

What makes conference tournaments so special is that they raise the level of regional rivalries and provide a winner-take-all forum for such intense battles. And if you want a perfect example look no further than the schedule of the Pac-10 Tournament on Thursday.
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College Basketball Conference Tournament Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 03/10/2009

Conference tournaments are going strong. Some of the smaller conferences have chosen their winners, and there has been an upset or two along the way. Now the major conferences are getting underway. Before too much happens in the big six conferences, let's take a stab at making some predictions for each tournament. All odds are from Bodog:
Read more about Conference Tournament Winners.

College Basketball Handicapping: Motivation Big Factor in Conference Clashes
by Trevor Whenham - 03/10/2009

When it comes to handicapping conference tournaments, one of the more useful factors can be desperation. For some teams the tournaments aren't about anything beyond pride - their tournament berth and probably their seeding are secure. Other teams, though, need wins at the tournaments to get themselves off of the bubble and into the 65-team field.
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College Basketball Betting: Atlantic 10 Tournament Preview
by Christopher G. Shepard - 03/10/2009

The Xavier Musketeers are the No.1 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the third consecutive year and have been set at 3/2 to win the tournament this year while the Temple Owls have been installed as the No. 4 seed and set at 11/2 to defend their A-10 Championship from March 11-14 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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College Basketball Betting: Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Preview
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 03/10/2009

The WAC Tournament heads to Reno this year with a marquee top seed, albeit a shaky one, a dangerous team playing on its home court, an unpredictable defending champion and a wide-open field behind that. No. 1 seed Utah State gained plenty of publicity during most of the regular season but a 3-3 finish left its tournament hopes most likely riding on winning the automatic berth.
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March Madness Ideas
by Trevor Whenham

The tournament is just around the corner. Finally. It seems like it has taken forever to get here. If you are anything more than a casual sports fan then you will almost certainly agree that the NCAA tournament is as close to a perfect sporting event as anything that happens. The format is perfect and it just drips with passion and excitement every single year. To enjoy the tournament all you really need to do is fill out a bracket or two, find a couch and a TV, maybe grab a beer or two, and enjoy the craziness. If that's not enough for you, though, there are always other things you can do to make the tournament even more fun. Here are some March Madness ideas to ratchet up the excitement even more:
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Definition of March Madness - Explanation of March Madness
by Trevor Whenham

Everywhere you turn these days the only thing every sports fan is talking about is March Madness. All of those sports fans know what is going on, but for some people what is missing in all the talk is a definition of March Madness. If the whole crazy phenomenon is new to you then an explanation of March Madness would probably be much appreciated. For those people, then, here is a crash course - the quintessential look at a definition of March Madness.
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March Madness Winners
by Trevor Whenham

One of the best ways to learn to make good NCAA Tournament selections is to look to the past. The teams and players are different every year, but history does tend to repeat itself, and teams that have won it all in the past have a lot of things in common. That only makes sense - to win the tournament teams have to be able to survive six games against a variety of competition, so it takes certain things to make that work - size, depth and experience, for example. The tournament expanded to its current 64-team format (I'm ignoring the play-in game because it is too silly to deserve consideration) in 1985.
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NCAA Tournament Bracket Tips
by Robert Ferringo

Just about any honest, red-blooded American knows of or has participated in an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament pool. However, just because people have taken the time to write school names on paper that does not mean that they know how to fill out your NCAA Tournament bracket.
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March Madness Brackets Strategy
by Josh Nagel

There are some basic principles regarding the NCAA Tournament that can help the fortunes of every bettor, from the office-pool novice to the sharp futures prognosticator looking for a big score.
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March Madness History
by Matt Foust

In 1891, when Dr. James Naismith first conceived the game of basketball, it's certain that he had no idea what kind of cultural phenomenon his invention would become. However, he probably started to have an inkling of a revelation when he handed Long Island University the second National Invitation Tournament trophy in 1939. Still, Dr. Naismith only lived long enough to see a glimpse of what has now become one the greatest annual sporting events in this nation's or any nation's history - March Madness. The following is a brief rundown of March Madness history.
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Best Sports Book to Watch March Madness
by Trevor Whenham

March Madness is the best time of the year, and a sports book in Las Vegas is the best place (outside of a host arena) to watch it. On tournament days the books fill up early, and they are absolutely buzzing with passion, tension, and raw excitement. Just think of everything that the tournament makes you feel and then multiply it by the hundreds of people who are there and you have the ingredients for a perfect day. I don't get to Vegas as often as I wish I did, but when I do I definitely have some favorite sports books that I have to visit. This, in no particular order, is my list of the best sports books to watch March Madness, or anything else for that matter:
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