Titling this post Elite Eight Picks may sound a bit presumptive, but as promised I am handicapping the Sweet Sixteen for my readers. I started with the no-brainer of the Kansas Jayhawks defeating the Purdue Boilmakers as they are a “must” Elite Eight pick for your online March Madness betting.
So who else do I think is going to win their Sweet Sixteen matchup? I am owning up to my shortsightedness with the rest of the nation and picking the Wisconsin Badgers. How do you not go with the team that gutted out a huge win against the best team in the nation this season and defending Madness champs in the form of Villanova?
Elite Eight Picks – Wisconsin Badgers
Let’s face it- Wisconsin was awful this year. Mind numbingly bad awful. Go home and go to a local college bad. Barely beating teams like Rutgers will not do anything for your college basketball resume. However, the Badgers were able to squeak into the 2017 March Madness tournament via their end of year play in the Big Ten Conference Championship.
So why am I including the Badgers in my Elite Eight Picks? Destiny. Hoop Dreams. Goliath vs. David. Plus I think the +2 pointspread against Florida will be a big deal when all is said and done. Although Wisconsin isn’t the favorite on the pointspread or the moneyline (Florida Gators -135), this game is essentially a pick’em in my mind in which I am getting spotted 2 points.
March Madness Tips – Elite Eight Smart Bets
I won’t pretend that I am as confident in my Badgers Elite Eight picks as I am with the Kansas Jayhawks, but I am feeling good about it. With a couple of veterans from their 2014 Final Four appearance in Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, this Badgers’ team has the pedigree and experience to win at this level.
Elite Eight Betting Online – Florida Gators
The Florida Gators also have their own talent and ambitions of course, and are -135 moneyline favorites for a reason. The Gators where dominant in their two tournament wins to date and they are not to be taken lightly. Florida dispatched the East Tennessee State Bucaneers 80-65 and destroyed the University of Virginia Cavaliers 65-39. So this is a team that can score and control a game. The Gators are +1200 to win the national championship this year which is a bit lean in my mind.
As always factor in your own analysis with any recommendations, and I can see why a lot of people will happily take the Gators here. This will be a hotly contested game and there could be a very good argument for avoiding it. However, it is just too much fun betting March Madness and I love a good story- go Badgers!
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