March Madness thoughts, and future bets

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Terry Collins

March Madness brackets are like cocaine to me. The minute I see the bracket reveal show intro my blood starts pumping, heart begins to race, my mind moves 100mph, and I don’t sleep for days on end. Now even though lines are being released for first round games as I type this, I’m going to use this blog to just quickly give my first thoughts, and some interesting future bets.

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The main takeaway I had from the full bracket is just how Illinois, as the 3rd number one seed, actually looks like they have the easiest path to the final four. I’ve had futures on Illinois to make the final four, and also win the natty since preseason, and I absolutely love their path. Houston, and Oklahoma State are the biggest threats in the region in my opinion, and honestly neither of those teams scare me much.

Baylor should be the biggest Wisconsin fans on the planet right now. Baylor has a potential second round matchup between the winner of Wisconsin vs. North Carolina. I think Baylor would have its way with Wisconsin, but UNC is a team they shouldn’t want any part of. North Carolina has a extremely talented backcourt, and rebounds the ball extremely well. The way I think you beat Baylor is to limit their second chance opportunities, and have a really good group of guards who can score the ball of the dribble. Baylor’s defense is outstanding along with their shooting, but if you have some guards that can somehow create off the bounce, and dominant the rebounding stats you can beat them.

LSU, as a 9 seed, has got an extremely good shot at making the sweet 16, and elite 8. In a first round matching with Saint Bonny, then a possible matchup with a Michigan team without Isaiah Livers. This luck is insane. The Tigers are an athletic team who can score with anyone, and I love this draw for them to advance multiple rounds.

Purdue should have the inside track to the sweet 16. All Purdue needs to do is beat North Texas, and then either a inferior Winthrop or injured Villanova. I’m not even the biggest fan on Purdue but boy did they ever pull a rabbit out of their ass. As long as they play relatively good they’ll walk into the sweet 16.

Favorite March Madness Futures

North Carolina to the final 4 +1500

Oklahoma to the final 4 +1000

Iowa to the final 4 +400

Illinois to win the national title +750

Alabama to the final 4 +450

LSU to the final 4 +1400

I’ll have more blogs with bets I’ll be playing so keep and eye out for that, and if you have any questions contact me on Twitter @TCollins1012

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