Top March Madness Weekly Betting Predictions

Posted by Aaron . on February 16, 2016 in

Normally, the Atlantic 10 and the American Athletic Conference teams have at least two or three teams that can rely on entry into the field of 68. However, the only team that is likely to get picked even without a conference tournament win right now is Dayton from the A-10. SMU is the top team in the American, but they are ineligible, and they have some losses that probably have more to do with motivation than anything else, but that’s weakening the quality of those wins for the others. Check out for the latest updated NCAAB online odds anytime soon.

Top March Madness Weekly Betting Predictions

 


Temple has moved into a first place tie in the American, but their nonconference record was soft, so they are barely on the bubble as it is. They do play Villanova on Wednesday night, and a win there would boost their resume. They also have losses to Memphis and East Carolina in conference play. Connecticut beat Michigan and Texas, but they have to beat SMU at home on Thursday to think about an at-large bid after barely holding on against Tulsa. Cincinnati beat UConn, VCU and George Washington, but they also fell to Temple at home. Tulsa did beat Wichita State and UConn, but they also fell to Oral Roberts. So the NIT could find itself AAC-heavy. Right now, a lot of predictions have two AAC teams (Cincinnati and Connecticut) in those #11 play-in games.

The same goes for the Atlantic-10. VCU started off 9-0, losing at home to George Washington, which wasn’t so bad, but then they lost at UMass, which was ridiculous. VCU had some tough nonconference foes but lost to all of them. George Washington did beat Virginia at home, and also beat Seton Hall, but they have three bad losses, including that terrible one at Saint Louis. St. Joe’s has a terrific record, but they only have three wins against top 100 teams (Temple, George Washington and Princeton). They even lost to St. Bonaventure, who only have a win against Ohio as a top 100 victory. So if there are upsets in the conference tournaments, a lot of these bubble teams could be sitting in the NIT.

Florida State was looking at a spot in the NCAA, but that home loss against Miami was a missed chance to burnish their resume. Now they are 2-7 against teams in the RPI top 50. They don’t have any bad losses, but they are losing a lot of games — they are already 16-9.

Right now, the projected top seeds are Iowa, Villanova, Oklahoma and Kansas. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out if Kansas and beat Oklahoma the second time around and if Iowa keeps stumbling. Miami has a two-seed even though they are not even ranked in the top 10. The ACC receives a lot of favor in the calculations by the committee, but unless Miami makes the finals of the ACC tournament, I don’t see them staying in that 2-seed all the way through.