Beating The Man: How To Gamble The NCAA Basketball Tournament Like A Pro

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It was inevitable that Busted Coverage would expand. A blogger is only as good as the free help he gets from the community. BC is lucky to have Ralph of Sport Betting Information dropping some betting weekend advice for you degenerates. We’re giving Ralph a two-week shot and then kicking his ass to the curb if he can’t produce. This is week 2. We need your comments wether to keep Ralph or not. Enjoy.

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to make like you’ve been watching college basketball all year long so that you can yammer on about how your tournament bracket is going to bust some serious balls this year. Time to get all smug and throw around names like Selection Sunday, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and The Final Four.
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Time to brag about all the three-pointers you can throw in your sleep and all the buzzer beaters you’ve nailed in your day. Time to get all technical and talk about how you know that despite being No. 1 on the AP Poll there’s no way in hell UNC is going to win the National Championship when Kansas is clearly the team to beat this year.Â

Yeah, it’s THAT time. Time get in on the madness that is the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. But what do you really know about betting on college basketball?Â

Here are the Cliff Notes:Injuries: Know which teams are hot, which are cold, which injured players are recovering (and could play) and which starters are banged up (and might not see the floor).

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Against-the-Spread: A team’s ATS record is an indicator of the team’s success relative to public opinion. If a team has an excellent record straight-up (without the pointspreads involved) but has a bad record against-the-spread, things aren’t as they seem. In terms of betting it’s teams like this that drive the price up to a point where it is higher than the actual difference in ability between the two teams. 
Straight-Up:
Check to see how each team does SU and ATS as the underdog during the regular season. You need to be able to identify the teams that thrive under pressure and the teams that tank when they’re up against a more talented squad.

Location, Location:
The Tournament is supposedly played at “neutral” sites but sometimes a team will get to play close enough to home to call it a home game, rather than a road game. Being close to home means more home fans, less travel time and more rest.

Odds to Win the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship:
Connecticut 8/1Duke 10/1Georgetown 14/1Kansas 11/2Louisville 10/1Memphis 8/1North Carolina 5/1Tennessee 9/1Texas 10/1UCLA 9/2
And that’s pretty much it. Selection Sunday goes down March 16th and the opening round of the NCAA Tournament tips off on Tuesday, March 18th. Good luck with your bracket.Â

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