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2012 College Basketball Betting: More March Madness Favorites

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Friday, 09 March 2012 07:27

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experts are hastily scrambling to revise their overviews of Ohio State in advance of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes looked lost and disjointed in previous weeks as they lost at home to Wisconsin and fell two games behind Big Ten leader Michigan State. Ohio State played a tired and stale brand of basketball, bailing out of possessions by shooting long jumpers without even attempting to dump the ball into the low post. Ohio State’s defensive rotations became noticeably sloppy, and coach Thad Matta seemed to have a team that was running out of steam.

Ohio State didn’t seem to have much of a chance this past Sunday at Michigan State, not just because the game was on the road but because the Spartans had so thoroughly flourished in the month of February, earning a share of the Big Ten regular season championship. However, Ohio State drastically reshaped perceptions in an impressive 72-70 win over Michigan State.


Backup big man Evan Ravenel was a revelation, providing a big boost off the bench and giving the Buckeyes a level of depth they hadn’t enjoyed before.
Everyone on the team seemed to feed off Ravenel’s surprisingly good outing, especially starter William Buford, who scored 25 points and banged in the game-winning jumper with one second left in regulation. If that Ohio State team – the one that won at Michigan State – remains in evidence during the month of March, the Buckeyes are very much a favorite to advance to the Final Four and beyond.

Missouri

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on the NCAA Tournament, you should realize that the Missouri Tigers have definitely surpassed expectations this year. This team lacks a standout big man, but a guard-dominated lineup has given the Tigers enough heft and quality to be a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Missouri’s guards, particularly Marcus Denmon, are fearless performers who welcome the ball in pressure situations and possess great quickness at the defensive end of the floor. The Tigers’ defense can definitely harass opponents, and as long as they avoid a team with a dominant low-post presence, they have a very good shot at the Final Four. This is not a team to take lightly.

Syracuse

The college basketball picks experts who follow the Big East Conference will tell you that while their league is down this year, Syracuse is still a legitimately good team. The Orange are balanced; no one player takes an unduly high amount of shots. Coach Jim Boeheim’s club can attack defenses with dribble penetration; both Dion Waiters and Kris Joseph are high-level ballhandlers with explosive first steps and great court sense. Fab Melo is a top-tier defender who blocks shots and alters many of the ones he doesn’t touch. As long as Syracuse can shoot at a reasonable rate from three-point range (it doesn’t have to be excellent, just solid, like in the mid- to upper 30s), it will be very hard to take down in March.

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