Unless you are a diehard college basketball fan, you may not have realized that the college basketball conference championship tournaments have already begun. Next week the bigger conferences like the ACC, Big Ten and SEC will get the spotlight, but since the smaller conferences are already playing their tournament, teams will get their ticket punched for the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
If you are a serious handicapper you already know that knowing every team in the tournament is helpful. In fact one of the most promising value bets during March Madness is the undervalued and unknown underdog. We have preached in a series of articles for weeks that if you want to properly bet on the NCAA Tournament you have to start early. If you have not started early there is still time. In fact, by studying the conference tournaments you could come across a sleeper in the big dance once March Madness tips off.
For example, one team to watch is Green Bay out of the Horizon. The league certainly isn’t what it was when Butler was around, but it’s still a quality mid-major conference and the Phoenix went 14-2 in league play. Green Bay also beat Virginia and nearly knocked off Wisconsin in nonconference play. Coach Brian Wardle has a big-time point guard in junior Keifer Sykes to go along with a talented, skilled 7-footer in Alec Brown. That makes this team a viable team to not only go dancing, but to have a potential upset or two in their back pocket.
Another team to watch is Louisiana Tech who is coached by Michael White, who has done a remarkable job putting together a winning program, and one that is consistently winning 25 games each season. The Bulldogs are excellent on the defensive end, and can mix looks and pickup points to disrupt and keep you off balance. Louisiana Tech will turn you over, and the Bulldogs limit their own mistakes on the offensive end. Louisiana Tech doesn’t shoot it exceptionally well, but it just got Raheem Appleby back and has an outstanding point guard in Kenneth Smith, who is among the nation’s leaders in assists and steals. Any team that plays good defense and can turn the ball over is a threat to do well in the NCAA Tournament.
Teams from the smaller conferences may not have a chance to cut down the nets in April, but they are constantly a threat to pull off first round upsets and break brackets. Before you get your bankroll and your bracket busted, make sure you do your research and prepare for all of the Madness that goes down in March!
Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.