March Madness Database: Searchable Odds
After years of hoarding the data for its own purposes, OddsShark.com has opened its March Madness database to free public use.
With decades of college basketball national championship tournament odds and boxscore data, the tool offers handicappers and bracketologists access to reams of trends and information.
“A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed, but they were 3-1 ATS in 2013,” said OddsShark.com analyst Jack Randall. “Florida is on a 5-1 ATS run in the first round since 2006.”
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There are three searchable options in the March Madness database: Team searches, where you can see how teams perform generally in the tournament and how they fare in a particular round. Team vs. seed searches, where you can see how Kansas has done against No. 4 seeds (they are money losers at 1-5 ATS since 1996). And seed vs seed searches, where you can research the recent history of 8 vs 9 and 5 vs 12 matchups in the opening rounds.
“You will find information that you can’t find anywhere else because there is no archive like this anywhere else,” said Randall. “The fact you can plug in any search criteria means the trend you find might be one that nobody else knows about.”
For example, in the first round, the 8 vs 9 matchup is always a hotly contested one because the seeds are so close. Occasionally, the higher seed is actually the underdog. In the past eight games where the No. 8 seed has been an underdog, they covered the spread every time.
As much for bettors as for casual fans looking to make informed March Madness bracket picks, the database promises to be a must-use tool for serious college basketball fans.