2012 March Madness Betting – Bookmaker NCAA Basketball Odds


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At BookMaker sportsbook, our team of writers break down every game on the betting board by analyzing results and how they will affect spreads, totals and moneylines. Cash in on some serious NCAA Tournament basketball lines by identifying the latest trends, statistics and injuries in each betting preview at BookMaker. The Big Dance will go down from March 13 to April 2, 2012, with the championship game played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Enter the 2012 March Madness Bracket Contest

Cinderella is never late to the Big Dance. The NCAA Tournament provides fans and bettors across the country with three weeks of college basketball entertainment.

The single-elimination tournament features 68 teams that all have a chance of being crowned national champion. The tourney was created in 1939 and is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) .

The phrase “the Big Dance” was coined in 1977 by Al Maguire, who coached the national champion Marquette Golden Eagles that year.

“The year we won it all, Coach McGuire wore a lucky blue blazer,” said former Sports Information Director Kevin Byrne. “At the end of the season, a reporter asked him if he’d keep wearing it during the Tournament. Al said, ‘Absolutely. You gotta wear the blue blazer when you go to the big dance.’”

Of course, Cinderella was at a big dance before she lost her glass slipper. And the name Cinderella has become synonymous with underdog teams that upset perennial contenders during the tournament so the notion of dancing through the field of 68 fits.

Beware the Ides of March and the infinite madness that follows. Bookies have waited all season to prey on the unsuspecting public during the NCAA Tournament, so putting in the due diligence for handicapping is imperative.

In order to arm you with extra betting information heading into the Big Dance, we have compiled some facts and trends from tournament history.

– Don’t take a moneyline in any 1-16 opening round matchup because a No. 16 seed has never defeated a No. 1 seed since the tournament field expanded.

– Only four No. 15 seeds have reached the Round of 32. Hampton (2001) was the most recent school to do so.

– The No. 14 seed hasn’t sniffed the Sweet 16 since 1997 when Chattanooga did it.

– At least one No. 11 and one No. 12 seed has “upset” its opponent in each of the last seven years.

– In 2011, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth reached the Final Four as the No. 8 and No. 11 seeds, respectively.

– Villanova is the highest seed to ever with the National Championship. As the No. 8 seed, the Wildcats knocked off Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Bulldogs as 10-point underdogs on April Fool’s Day in 1985.

– Santa Clara earned the biggest pointspread upset in tournament history when Steve Nash helped the Broncos upset Arizona as 19.5-point underdogs in 1993.

– Just once (2008) have all four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four.

– On three occasions zero No. 1 seeds have reached the Final Four. The most recent occurrence was in 2011 when Connecticut (No. 3) , Kentucky (No. 4) , Butler (No. 8) and Virginia Commonwealth (No. 11) got there. This also marked the only year a No. 1 or No. 2 seed didn’t reach the Final Four.

– UCLA holds the record for the most national championships with 11. Kentucky is second with seven, followed by Indiana and North Carolina with five apiece. Duke ranks fifth with four national titles.

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