|Las Vegas, NV (February 21, 2007) – March Madness is a spring ritual for millions of sports fans, but the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments are unlike any other college basketball games. It is the time of slam dunks, full court presses, and underdogs crushing favourites in the single-elimination tournament featuring 65 top college basketball teams.|
“Office pool success is typically decided by two types of predictions,” said Pregame.com’s President RJ Bell. He recommends, “Pick teams that will go deep into the tournament, and pick a healthy amount of upsets in the early rounds.”
Bell, a three-time sports handicapping champion, reports only one or two top seeds have advanced to the Final Four in 18 of the last 21 years. “On the surface every #1 seed looks strong, but you’re not going to win your pool without scoring some surprises.” He says, “picking upsets” wins bracket pools and recommends advancing only one #1 seed to the semi-finals in your bracket.
Of the 84 Final Four teams in Pregame’s sample, 32 failed to meet key factors including making the tournament the prior year, having a preseason AP All-American, beating opponents by an average of 10+ points a game, and garnering at least 35% of scoring from their front court (forwards and centres). Bell said, “Don’t count on #1 seeds falling easily. They are 84-0 in the first round.”
March madness gambling has been the second biggest betting market in terms of dollars wagered right behind the National Football League. “According to the NCAA, 35% of male college students bet on sports and 7 of 10 adults are reported to have placed some sort of wager in the last year,” said Bell.
For tips on picking NCAA Tournament games and raising your March Madness Bracket IQ visit Pregame.com. Bell is preparing tournament guides for the casual fan, and the uninitiated gambler.
Pregame.com is the country’s largest bet-centric information site. Pregame.com will have March Madness scouting reports and predictions, and will offer opinions from leading college basketball insiders and professional bettors throughout the tournament, including early rounds, Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final Four. RJ Bell is About.com’s sports gambling guide and has appeared on CNN, ABC, in the Washington Post and many local sports radio shows. He’s also been named by Forbes Magazine as the country’s leading gambling guru.
To schedule an interview with RJ Bell, or for more information contact:
Peter St. Cyr