Making The Most Of March Madness
Calling all sports bettors – the NCAA March Madness tournament tips off on March 19! Sports bettors are encouraged to analyze the brackets, and determine which teams they feel are most likely to advance to the final match. The championship game will take place on Monday April 8 in what will assuredly be a thrilling finish to an exciting tournament.
The NCAA March Madness tournament is one of the most popular annual events in North American sports. The tournament attracts millions of loyal fans, viewers, and an equal amount of sportsbetting activity. Basketball spectators and avid gamblers put a little action on the games to make the tournament more exciting by spicing things up. According to forecasts made by the American Gaming Association, sports bettors will wager over $2.5 billion on the NCAA throughout the duration of March Madness.
Sports enthusiasts already labeled this year’s NCAA as "unpredictable" because in their eyes, there are no teams to really stand out as clear favourites to win. The number 1 seed going into the tournament is Gonzaga as the only team with fewer than 4 losses in regulation. However, analysts are critical of the team’s status due to the relatively weak conference they participate within, and their lack of depth. Critics point to years past where teams entered the tournament as a top seed, but failed to convert that status into competitiveness. As a result, the top seed rarely makes it through to the end.
Analysts expect the top teams in each of the conferences to struggle against lower ranked competitors, and advise sports bettors to make their picks wisely before putting money on the line. The tournament begins on March 19, which means the weekend prior is known as Selection Sunday. Gambling enthusiasts spend this day carefully analyzing the tournament brackets, which makes the competition between friends and co-workers betting on the March Madness momentum all the more exciting.
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By Mo Johnson
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