March Madness 2012 is here! The
68-school, single-elimination NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball tournament
begins March 13 and ends with the championship game at New Orleans’ Mercedes
Benz Superdome on April 2.
It is anyone’s bet as to which of the March Madness picks will
take the title this year, with a number of teams able to lay claim to being a
contender. Regional top seeds Kentucky (South) Syracuse (East), Michigan State
(West) and University of North Carolina (Midwest) lead a strong field into the
Kentucky, the undisputed top seed on Selection Sunday, is going
after its eighth national title with the knowledge that four of its top players
are freshmen who might not remain in college once the Final Four is over. Two
Wildcats, center Anthony Davis and small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, are
being talked up as potential number one picks in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The other three number one seeds are strong enough that the
experts are promising there will be no upsets. Having said that, several other
teams are being talked up – such as number two seeds Kansas, Ohio State, Duke
and Missouri, as well as potential darkhorses in Vanderbilt, Wichita State,
Murray State, Marquette, UNLV and even Ivy League champion Harvard.
Kentucky actually has the toughest draw, having been drawn in the
South against potential opponents such as defending champion Connecticut and
arch-rival Duke. Long-time college basketball fans will recall that Duke beat
Kentucky 20 years ago in one of the most memorable games ever when Christian
Laettner hit a buzzer-beating turnaround jumper.
March Madness 2012 Gambling
All good online sportsbooks offer NCAA basketball gambling. This year is no different with William Hill Online, bet365, 888sports,
Sports Interaction providing March Madness basketball odds for non-US
residents, and all the usual Las Vegas-based bookmakers providing betting as
Sportsbooks throughout Las Vegas posted their odds Monday,
following Sunday’s announcement of the brackets. The NFL Super Bowl is the most
valuable event for Vegas bookies, but NCAA March Madness is an undoubted number
two – especially during the first week.
an online bookmaker specializing in odds for American sports events, is one of
the gambling operators offering wagers on every game for the tournament. Bet on
the head-to-head winner, or take the spread or over/under points wagers for a
little more variety. Championship odds will come later as the tournament
The handicap option works well for March Madness basketball
betting. There are plenty of teams out there with poor records that inflate
their odds of getting close to a title contender like Kentucky, but who will
have a lot to prove at the tail-end of the season and therefore could come
close to an upset – even if not actually achieving a boilover. Of course, every
year there actually are some upsets, so even though the top teams are all
looking like steady favorites, you might want to consider a head-to-head bet or
March Madness Bracket
The NCAA announced the March Madness brackets on Sunday, breaking
the 68 competing teams (to be reduced to 64 after the first wildcard round)
into four regions, as is usually the case: South, East, West and Midwest.
March Madness printable brackets are the most comfortable way to
bet on NCAA college basketball throughout the next month, as you can use them
to follow the progress of all the teams and to turn a small wager in to a big
win by the end of the tournament.
The web is home to literally thousands of printable brackets, as
every news and sports site offers one to its readers. ESPN.com is one website
that has provided an attractive March Madness printable bracket, but you can
even find them on news-oriented sites or on this very page.
The fact that so many websites offer their readers these brackets
is the ultimate proof of just how massive NCAA March Madness has grown to
become over the years, and how obsessed American and global basketball fans are
with sports betting on this fantastic event.