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2015 NCAA March Madness futures betting – Winner odds

Bet on the Kentucky Wildcats to win March Madness 2015MARCH is here! We at MSB want to become your go-to resource throughout March Madness. We’re starting our analysis with an in-depth preview on the winner market.

Will the Kentucky Wildcats continue their dominance in the big tournament or will they fold under the pressure?

Only seven teams in the history of college basketball have won the NCAA tournament, while maintaining a perfect record.

The last team to accomplish this incredible feat were the Indiana Hoosiers in 1976 – the year Bob Knight won his first of three championships as a head coach.

Everyone, including the sportsbooks, expects Kentucky to become the next team to complete an undefeated season.

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Will any team beat Kentucky in the NCAA tournament?

Kentucky 29-0 (16-0 SEC) opened up at +1500 (15/1) – fifth in the market — back in October. That’s why March Madness betting guides recommend betting on futures early in the season. The best price on Kentucky now is even money (1/1) at Bovada.

The Wildcats rank first in RPI and 37th in strength of schedule (SOS). There have been some close calls during the regular season, including two overtime wins over Ole Miss and Texas A&M. However, the Wildcats have turned up the heat lately.

John Calipari has his team working like a well-oiled machine, since a close call against LSU (71-69) on February 10th. Since the close call against LSU, the Wildcats have won five games by an average margin of 22.4 points – the closest margin was 17 points.

As a team, Kentucky ranks 30th in points scored (75.0 PPG), 2nd in points allowed (53.2 PPG), 19th in rebounds (38.6 RPG) and 29th in assists (15.3 APG). Kentucky is unlike any other team we’ve ever seen, as they have two units that produce every game.

Kentucky scores 75.0 PPG on average, but the team leaders in scoring are Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker at 11.1 PPG. A total of seven players are averaging over 7.0 PPG and ten players on the Wildcats are averaging over 10.0 MPG on the court.

Karl-Anthony Towns (6.5 RPG & 2.3 BPG) and Willie Cauley-Stein (6.4 RPG & 1.6 BPG) lead the team in rebounds and blocks. No team is unbeatable, but we haven’t witnessed a team as dominant as Kentucky in college hoops for a long time, if ever.

The Wildcats have to be a big part of your staking plan in the 2015 March Madness winners market.

Top contenders to upset the Wildcats during March Madness 2015

Duke 26-3 (13-3 ACC) have been perfect this season, except for a rough stretch in January where they lost three games in conference play. The Blue Devils lost to North Carolina State (87-75), Miami (90-74) and Notre Dame (77-73).

Since losing to ND, the Blue Devils are on a nine-game winning streak, which includes three wins over ranked opponents (Virginia, Notre Dame and North Carolina). Duke is a high-scoring team (80.7 PPG – 5th), but they allow too many points (65.8 PPG – 150th).

Freshman Jahil Okafor leads Duke in points (18.2 PPG), rebounds (9.6 RPG) and blocks (1.4 BPG). Duke doesn’t have the depth that the Wildcats boast, but if Okafor and Quinn Cook play exceptionally in the tournament the Blue Devils could win.

Virginia 27-1 (15-1 ACC) are ranked 2nd in the nation in the AP Poll. The ACC has multiple great teams this year and the Cavaliers are going to be a threat during March Madness. Virginia’s lone loss came against Duke (69-63) at the end of January.

The Cavaliers have four wins against top 25 opponents (Maryland, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Louisville). This is the only team in the nation that has a chance to shutdown the Kentucky attack. Virginia ranks 1st in the country in points allowed (50.0 PPG).

They’re reliant on a great defense, as the offense only averages 66.1 PPG (205th). Malcolm Brogdon (13.7 PPG), Justin Anderson (13.4 PPG) and Anthony Gill (11.5 PPG) all average double-digits in points. To win the big dance you need offense – I’m avoiding Virginia.

Duke and Virginia have the best chance to dethrone Kentucky in the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament.

The rest of the teams priced under 20/1 include Wisconsin (9/1), Arizona (12/1), Gonzaga (14/1) and Villanova (16/1).

Out of the group of four – Wisconsin 26-3 (14-2 Big Ten) have the best shot at being crowned national champions. Wisconsin has a great defense (55.6 PPG – 7th) and a more polished offense than the Cavaliers, as the Badgers score 71.5 PPG (79th).

Senior Frank Kaminsky leads the Badgers in scoring (18.1 PPG) and rebounding (8.3 RPG). This is his last run at a national championship and he has the experience to lead Wisconsin deep into the tournament.

Two teams that are being overlooked by bettors are Kansas (25/1) and Wichita State (50/1).

Kansas 23-6 (12-4 Big 12) lost three games in February (Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State). The recent losses, plus the fact the Jayhawks don’t look great on paper has scared bettors away. However, this team played the toughest SOS in the country.

The Jayhawks played more top 25 opponents than any other team this year and they posted a 6-3 record. Perry Ellis, Frank Mason III, Wayne Selden Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. are all scoring more than 8.0 PPG, while averaging over 20.0 MPG.

Wichita State 27-3 (17-1 MVC) ended their regular season with a win over #10 Northern Iowa (74-60). However, the Shockers lost their first two games against ranked opponents and they have a weak SOS (105th), which is why they’re priced at 50/1.

The Shockers are a team that you want a piece of, because they have a lot of March Madness experience. Wichita State made it to the Final Four in 2013 and almost eliminated Kentucky last year in the third round, although they lost the game by two points.

2015 NCAA basketball tournament winner predictions

It’s still too early to complete my staking plan for March Madness futures. I’ll finalize my picks on Selection Sunday once the bracket has been determined and I can look at each team’s path to the Final Four.

I’ll be staking ten units in the outright market this year – with most of my action being on Kentucky.

Jump on the Wildcats now if you want to bet them. Their odds are only going to continue to drop and even money is the best we’re going to get unless they draw an extremely unfavorable draw. Even then, it’s unlikely the sport books will offer better than 1/1.

I’m betting seven units on Kentucky to win outright at even money – leaving me with three units to bet on some long shots.

To start my long shots, I’m betting a ½ unit on Wichita State at 50/1 and one unit on Kansas at 25/1.

The remaining 1.5 units will be wagered in the outright market at the conclusion of Selection Sunday.

Complete odds to win March Madness in 2015

Live odds are available at the Bovada Sportsbook (US Allowed).

*Odds updated on Monday, March 2nd 2015.

Kentucky – 1/1
Duke – 8/1
Wisconsin – 9/1
Arizona – 12/1
Virginia – 12/1
Gonzaga – 14/1
Villanova – 16/1
Kansas – 25/1
Utah – 28/1
Iowa State – 33/1
North Carolina – 33/1
Notre Dame – 33/1
Louisville – 40/1
Northern Iowa – 50/1
Ohio State – 50/1
Oklahoma – 50/1
Wichita State – 50/1
Arkansas – 66/1
Baylor – 66/1
Butler – 66/1
Michigan State – 66/1
West Virginia – 66/1
LSU – 75/1
Maryland – 75/1
Oklahoma State – 100/1
Ole Miss – 100/1
San Diego State – 100/1
SMU – 100/1
Georgetown – 150/1
Oregon – 150/1
UConn – 150/1
VCU – 150/1
Dayton – 200/1
Georgia – 200/1
Indiana – 200/1
Iowa – 200/1
Miami FL – 200/1
NC State – 200/1
Providence – 200/1
Purdue – 200/1
Texas – 200/1
Texas A&M – 200/1
Xavier – 200/1
BYU – 300/1
Cincinnati – 300/1
Colorado State – 300/1
Illinois – 300/1
Murray State – 300/1
Pittsburgh – 300/1
St. John’s – 300/1
Stanford – 300/1
Temple – 300/1
UCLA – 300/1
Florida – 500/1
Harvard – 500/1
Memphis – 1000/1
Minnesota – 1000/1
Vanderbilt – 1000/1

Important dates and broadcast schedule

The following are important dates and broadcast schedules for March Madness:

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