Unranked Teams that Could Become 2019 March Madness Betting Darlings

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 8, 2019 in

As we get closer and closer to the 2019 March Madness, we all want to know what teams could make us or break us when it comes to the hidden gems of bracketology. Unranked teams could be just the ticket we need to make a push for the office pool. Here are some of those NCAAB Betting candidates that could help out in that category.

Unranked Teams that Could Become 2019 March Madness Betting Darlings

Temple Owls

The Owls might be in fourth place in the AAC standings behind nationally ranked Houston, Cincinnati, and Central Florida, but I’m thinking Temple has the look of a team that could do some damage if they get into the national championship tournament.

A win in their regular season finale against UCF could help their tournament cause, but this is a team that has recorded some decent wins over the likes of Missouri, Davidson, Wichita State, and Houston. A March Madness surprise run wouldn’t be all that surprising if Temple gets in!

Virginia Commonwealth Rams

Virginia Commonwealth is sitting atop the A-10 standings and they simply look dangerous to me. The Rams have a so-so offense that averages a modest 71.4 points per game, but VCU is stupendous at the other end of the floor in limiting their opponents to just 61.1 points per game to rank ninth nationally in points allowed.

VCU also ranks a fantastic sixth in field goal defense (38.2%) and a jaw-dropping second in defending the three-point shot (27.2%). If they can put some points on the board, the Rams could be a great pick for an upset or three come tourney time.

Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers might not be the best team in the Big Ten, but they did manage to beat Michigan once this season and they rank a stupendous 11th nationally in points allowed (61.6 ppg).

Wisconsin can become a surprise in the 2019 March Madness.

The Badgers have a legitimate star in Ethan Happ (17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists) and the kind of defense they play means they could upset anyone if they get into the national championship tournament.

Utah State Aggies

While nationally-ranked Nevada (27-3) has garnered all of the national media attention in the Mountain West this season, Utah State is looking quite dangerous right now, particularly after beating the Wolf Pack 81-76 last weekend.

Utah State ranks 43rd in scoring (79.1 ppg) and 57th in points allowed (66.8 ppg), not to mention, 40th in field goal shooting percentage and a stellar 13th in field goal defense (39.3%). Make no mistake about it, the Aggies have the look of a dangerous team that could become March Madness betting darlings.

Buffalo Bulls

The Bulls are sitting atop the MAC standings mostly because they have an offense that can score with any team in the nation (85.0 ppg, sixth).

Sure, Buffalo doesn’t play any elite competition, but then again, neither did Loyola-Chicago last year and they made an incredible run to challenge for the national championship. Buffalo has three double-digit scorers and a real star in senior combo guard C.J. Massinburg. Look for this team to make some headlines in the tournament.

Keep an eye on these guys! Enjoy the 2019 March Madness!