Preparing for the NCAA Basketball Tournament


With just over a month of action complete in the men’s college basketball season, the bluebloods of the sport comprise six of the top nine spots in the rankings. It is never too early to start getting a gambling strategy prepared for March Madness and picking your favorite teams for your upcoming brackets. While most folks worldwide won’t make their way to places like Las Vegas to their favorite casino of choice to watch the NCAA Tournament, there is always the option of using a virtual casino and placing your wagers there wherever it is legal to do so online. The benefit of online betting through a virtual casino is that the bettor should be in a sounder state of mind to place more successful bets as they won’t be as likely to make irrational decisions as they would in a regular casino.

Thus, here is a quick look at some teams to watch in the NCAA Tournament that have great potential to go the distance and win the national championship.

Villanova is currently number one in the nation in the polls as has odds 11-1 currently of winning the national championship. The Wildcats led by Josh Hart have a great mix of experience, talent and self-discipline as they don’t beat themselves on a nightly basis. In addition, head coach Jay Wright provides that calming influence for Villanova and with having a national championship under his belt should be able to have his Wildcats ready for all comers in the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA has bounced back quickly this season thanks to the immediate impact of freshman guard Lonzo Ball and freshman forward T.J. Leaf. Ball is a fantastic distributor of the basketball and has freed up Bryce Alford to just lock in on his shooting. Leaf’s ability to stretch defenses with his inside-outside offensive skillsets creates matchup problems all over the court for opponents. If the Bruins can stay healthy and continue to evolve as a team, they should be a dangerous Final Four and national title contender in March. Their current odds of 8-1 will end up being a great value play of a bet to win it all.

Kentucky, despite its loss to UCLA at home earlier this month, just has that look of a dynamic team that will be tough for most teams to slow down on a nightly basis. The Wildcats currently sit at 13-2 odds to win the national championship. Offensively, they are averaging 94.4 points per game heading into Saturday’s showdown with North Carolina in Las Vegas. Malik Monk is averaging 19.4 points per game and is doing a great job of attacking the basket as Monk is shooting 87.0 percent from the foul line this season. Isaiah Briscoe is also going to continue to be a big key to the success of Kentucky this season as Briscoe shooting over 53 percent from the floor and averaging 16.6 points per game on the season.

With plenty of time left, a great way to prepare for the NCAA Tournament would be practice wagering on games involving elite teams like Villanova, UCLA, and Kentucky. Finally, as always, the legal gambling age in the United States is either 18 or 21 years old. Follow all legal guidelines for online betting and enjoy the road to the Final Four.