Bigger isn’t always better than smaller, but higher is almost always better than lower when it comes to betting on the Final Four.
In 12 games since 2005 (excluding games where both teams had the same seed), the higher-ranked teams are 11-1 SU. At the betting window they were almost as dominant, riding a 10-1-1 ATS mark in that NCAA Tournament odds action.
“The bracket is full of upsets and underdogs and Cinderella wannabes, but when it comes down to crunch time in the latter rounds, the higher seeds take care of business,” said Mark Presley, the main basketball handicapper at OddsShark.com.
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“Everybody loves an underdog, but history shows that Final Four underdogs don’t love them back.”
The national championship game has witnessed a similar trend in the past decade, although not as pronounced. In the final game, the higher-seeded team is 7-2 SU and ATS. Favorites are on a 6-2-1 ATS run in the past nine title games. A year ago, Kentucky beat Kansas, but the game was a push on the closing lines at 67-59 on a 6-point number.
The last three national title games all went under the total, in part because defensive-minded mid-Major Butler defied the odds to play in two of the past three games. The latter game was a 53-41 snoozer that plunged UNDER the total by nearly 40 points.
In fact, betting UNDER in the Final Four has been a very profitable way to wager on March Madness totals. Since 2005, the UNDER has prevailed at an 11-4-1 clip in 16 games.
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