How to Bet on the NCAA Tournament: Understanding Bracketology
- Updated: February 26, 2014
If you are a fan of watching and wagering on college basketball and the NCAA tournament there should be one term that you are very familiar with and that term is Bracketology. This is a term that basically indicates the study of college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. If you are a serious handicapper, than you should study college basketball early and often. The word Bracketology should be in your vocabulary if you want to win money on the tournament. One of the things that everyone Bracketologist should investigate is the top teams in the country.
These are the teams that could possibly be in your cross hairs when considering what team you want to bet on as part of the college football futures for the NCAA tournament. Syracuse reacted to its colossally bad two-toned uniforms in predictable fashion, dropping one game that should have been impossible (Boston College) and another that was in many respects inevitable (at Duke). The result is a new race for the No. 1 overall seed between two teams — Arizona and Florida — with fairly similar profiles, as well as a clearer path to No. 1 overall for the nation’s lone remaining unbeaten team. The Orange is still a favorite (+300) to win the tournament.
When picking a team to win it all, this could be the best. This week, the contest for the top spot comes down to Arizona and Florida. While the Gators will be ranked higher in the polls, the Wildcats have a slim but distinct advantage in terms of overall profile. With just two losses apiece, Arizona prevails thanks to a better schedule, leading a deeper league, posting nearly double the number of top-50 wins (9 to 5) and, most important, righting its ship since the season-ending injury to Brandon Ashley.
It should be noted, though, that Florida sits with slightly better overall odds to stay on the top line. This is a function of having just one true test remaining in the regular season (Kentucky), while Arizona still must face Cal, Stanford and visit both Oregon schools to close its Pac-12 slate.
The Shockers are well on their way to a 34-0 record and an extra week off because of the early Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Should Wichita post that magic number, it will be in position to move up even higher for every additional loss suffered by Arizona, Florida or Syracuse. Should all three lose again between now and Selection Sunday, the Shockers would almost certainly be the No. 1 team in the polls and perhaps the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. Start learning your bracketlogy now and put in your future bet on what teams will cut down the nets in April.